12 Days Of Christmas: Eat, Drink And Be Merry

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12 Days Of Christmas: Eat, Drink And Be Merry

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Create your own Christmassy cocktails at The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell

Yes, we have to admit it — Christmas is upon us. Since the countdown has officially started, we thought we'd make the wait a bit more joyful for you with these event ideas.

We flicked through Eventbrite and found a lot of Christmas-y events with a London twist. There's everything from cocktail masterclasses to festive supper clubs — have a look below and book your favourite event.  

1. Candelit Christmas carols

What's more quintessentially Christmassy than carols? Carols sung by the angelic voices of the Southwark Cathedral Choir at the eponymous cathedral surrounded by flickering candlelight, with some merry Mozart thrown in. Tuck into mince pies and mulled wine to complete the scene.

Book Mozart's Spatzenmesse and Christmas Carols by Candelight now: 18 December, 7.30pm, Southwark Cathedral, £13

2. Swingin' snow ball

Scrub up in your finest black tie, smart retro or elegant party dress and dance your way to Christmas Past at the Snow Ball. Learn the moves from Swingdance UK then sashay and shimmy away to big band bangers from King Groovy and the Hornstars. When your dancing feet need a rest, indulge at the chocolate fountain and watch the Dance Cabaret.

Book the Snow Ball now: 5 December, 7pm, Cecil Sharp House, Camden, £18+bkg

3. Cocktails masterclass

The perfect mulled wine is so much more than plonk plus sugar — learn how to make this and other winter warmers with The Zetter Townhouse's mixology maestro. This Clerkenwell institution is all plush velveteen armchairs, roaring fires and antique features — the perfect place to get cosy with Christmassy cocktails. Have a very merry Christmas indeed.

Book the Cocktail Masterclass: Christmas Drinks now: 12 December, 2pm, The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell, £40+bkg

4. Dollshouse festival

If you like retro toys, you won't want to miss this one-off craft festival happening in the beautiful Kensington Town Hall. The Dollhouse Festival Christmas Show will showcase over 170 of the best dolls' house craftsmen, miniature artisans and DIY suppliers coming from all over the world. Time to find your inner child.

Book the Kensington Dollhouse Festival Christmas Show now: 5 December, 11am, Kensington Town Hall, £11/£5+bkg

5. Festive dance at the Round Chapel

Traditional music ensemble Fitty Gomash & Friends celebrate the coming of the Christmas season at the Round Chapel in Hackney. Dust off your dancing shoes for an evening of ceilidh music and dance!

Book Christmas Ceilidh now: 21 December, 7pm, The Round Chapel, Hackney, £9+bkg

6. Merry Muppets movie

Our editor-at-large rates The Muppet Christmas Carol as 'the best Christmas film ever made'. If you've seen it, you'll know what he's talking about and want to catch it again at this Merry Movies night at The Hoxton with a festive beverage and a bag of popcorn. If you haven't — get on down there and rectify this at once!

Book Merry Movies: The Muppet Christmas Carol now: 13 December, 4pm, The Hoxton, Holborn, £10+bkg

Visit Christmas Past at The Hoxton: when Kermit and Miss Piggy were still together

7. Christmas brews

UBrew trusts its members so much it's letting them take over its taps with beery Christmassy goodness. Forget 'malty' or 'hoppy'; here you'll get your stout or IPA with a hint of apple strudel, honey, thyme, cinnamon and cloves. PFGT (Pretty Fucking Good Toast) will be parked outside with, we imagine, pretty fucking good toast, and there's mince pies and turkey, too. Bottoms up.

Book UBrew Christmas Tap Takeover now: 12 December, noon, UBrew, Bermondsey, free entry

8. An evening at the Leighton House

Have you ever visited Leighton House Museum? If not, take the opportunity to enjoy the famous abode of Victorian painter Lord Leighton and listen to some festive music. For one night only this month, musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett will conduct an evening of carol singing accompanied by piano.

Book Music for Christmas at the Leighton House now: 9 December, 7.15pm, Leighton House Museum, Holland Park, £20/£10+bkg

9. Make your own bacon

Join master butcher Andrew Sharp for a spot of Artisan Butchery: you're makin' bacon. You'll cure, bone, butcher, knife and whatnot your way to porky perfection. Best of all, your three different cuts will be ready for breakfast on Christmas Day.

Book Artisan Butchery — Make Your Own Bacon now: 13 December, 10am, Forty Hall Farm, Enfield, £75

10. The seven seas at the Brunel Museum

Poco's head chef Tom Hunt cooks up a Christmas feast with a social conscience for the third year running in Brunel's engine room: fish is chosen for its sustainable credentials, fresh organic fruit and vegetables get used that would otherwise have been discarded, and profits go to Action Against Hunger. Hurry for early bird tickets: you'll get a bonus fire in the herb garden, a tipple at the mulled wine bar and a guided tour of the Grand Entrance Hall of Brunel's Tunnel.

Book The Christmas Feast of Seven Fishes or Vegetables now: 10 December, 6.30pm, Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, £35+bkg

11. Seasonal singing

Pack into the cosy Battersea Barge for some serious Christmas cheer with the Victory Sisters and Marc Kelly. The programme can't fail to lift your spirits: good ol' wartime classics, big band crooner hits and Christmas favourites.

Book Sleigh Bells Ring! now: 21 December, 7.30pm, The Battersea Barge, £10

12. Scandi pop-up

Tuck into an authentic all-you-can-eat Christmas Smörgåsbord at the Skandalicious Swedish Christmas Pop-Up Restaurant in beautiful Chelsea Physic Garden this December. This is proper Swedish family fare: a Julbord of herring, cold cuts, smoked salmon, gravadlax, patés, hearty bread and cheese to start, followed by a carnivorous main course spread of meatballs, ribs, sausages and Julsinka (breaded and cloved ham). Try to leave room for desserts sweet enough for the sweetest tooth — Christmas rice porridge, ginger cake, saffron cake — and seasonal Swedish cocktails. Arrive hungry.

Book Skandalicious Swedish Christmas Pop-Up Restaurant now: 1-19 December, 6pm, 20 December, noon, Chelsea Physic Garden, £35+bkg

All-you-can-eat Swedish smorgasbord at the Skandalicious pop-up

Find loads more things to do this Christmas and beyond at Eventbrite.

Last Updated 04 December 2015