Tuesday 10th, 5-6pm Thursday 12th, 5-6pm This Christmas, Courage Yard. off Shad Thames, is bringing the festive spirit to you, with two choir performances from local choir groups. Both groups will be raising money for local charity Southwark Giving, a scheme that helps emerging local community needs. On Tuesday 10th, Southwark Music Service will bring sounds of joy to Courage Yard by bringing along their staff choir. The choir is made up of Southwark Music Service staff, who aim to enrich the lives of all Southwark children and young people by making the learning of music dynamic, energetic, varied and fun. On Thursday 12th, The Museum Singers will bring festive fun to Courage Yard. The group are an amateur choral group based in Southwark, who regularly rehearse and perform in St George’s Cathedral. Both performances will be raising money and awareness for Southwark charity Southwark Giving, part of Community Southwark, as a way of giving back to the community and helping improve practise, shape futures and change lives. And with a glorious range of independent, local shops and eateries including Tower Bridge Wellness Pharmacy, Caffe Paradiso, The Watch House and Sami’s Lebanese Deli, plus firm favourites like Starbucks Reserve, you’ll be able to keep warm, and enjoy the festive season. Courage Yard is located on Shad Thames, and just a stone’s throw away from Tower Bridge and Potters Fields Park. For more information please visit courageyard.com or visit on social @CourageYard.
Free recital, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge. This delightful high school choral group from New York formed in 1979 will sing a selection of inspiring and uplifting music. Saturday 29th December 2019 12.30pm
We’re celebrating the festive season alongside Shangri-La at The Shard, with the return of the #LondonBridgeXmas photography competition! Twinkling lights along the riverside, steaming ladles of mulled wine amidst the bustle of the Borough Market, dazzling décor in Hay’s Galleria; London Bridge is a magical place to spend this time of year – and we want you to capture it! Share and tag your festive photographs of London Bridge on Instagram (or Twitter) with the hashtag #LondonBridgeXmas before midnight on 21.12.2019 for the chance to win Afternoon Tea for 2 with Champagne at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London worth over £150, with more goodies from local businesses up for grabs for 3 runners-up. PLUS the top 10 entries will be printed and displayed in the London Bridge Hive throughout January. Here’s how to enter Follow @atlondonbridge and @shangrilondon on Instagram Share your photo capturing the festive season in London Bridge on Instagram (or Twitter) Use the hashtag #londonbridgexmas and tag @atlondonbridge and @shangrilalondon Instagram @atlondonbridge The winners will be announced on Monday December 23rd. This delicious afternoon tea is the height of luxury. Dine on freshly made sandwiches and baked scones alongside delicate Christmas treats while enjoying views of London that stretch for miles. Happy tagging! Picture: 2018’s winning entry by @ccauchi
Delicious street food and mulled drinks, Choirs, music and wreath making workshops. Christmas Market Saturday November 30th 11am – 6pm? Sunday December 1st 10am – 5pm Flea is a new and exciting vintage and makers market at Vinegar Yard in central London – a few minutes walk from London Bridge station and the Shard. The market is carefully curated and takes place every Saturday from 11am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Inspired by European markets, Flea has an eclectic mix of well chosen stalls selling vintage fashion, antiques, vinyl, books, jewellery, cameras, art, retro furniture, lighting, new designs from up and coming artists and designer makers plus much more. Wander around the stalls where you will find something fabulous and unusual and enjoy the food, bars and Pop Up shops that are open all week. Flea will have a huge selection of Christmas gifts including jewellery, plants, ethical gifts, books, art, vintage and more. Wreath making workshop – £25 + optional extras. Book here: Saturday + Sunday Vinegar Yard St Thomas Street ?SE1 www.flealondon.com
Sunday 8 December | 11:30am–1pm or 2pm–3:30pm Get creative this Christmas holiday and make your own colourful pompom decorations under the expert guidance of luxury knitwear designer Katie Jones. In this 1.5 hour session get inventive with brightly coloured wool to make charming tree ornaments, fanciful mini wreaths and whimsical tree toppers. The class is intended to be relaxed and friendly session, and all materials and equipment are provided. Level: No previous experience is necessary. Suitable for ages 12 and upwards (or younger if accompanied by an adult). Tutor Katie Jones is a luxury knitwear designer who hand produces pieces in London that rework designer surplus and British made product into high fashion. She was shortlisted for The Observer’s Ethical Awards in 2014 for her sustainable and ethical designs. Gathering a wide range of influences, her hand made collections embrace colour, texture and fun. Katie Jones studied her MA in Fashion Knitwear at Central Saint Martins under Louise Wilson. After working with John Galliano, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mark Fast and Romance was Born, Katie Jones completed her first solo collection for SS14. Her AW14 and SS15 collections were shown at London Showrooms with The British Fashion Councils, Estethica Emerging Talents. Price: £20. Ticket includes materials and exhibition entry BOOK ONLINE Numbers are limited for this workshop, please book early to avoid disappointment.
Christmas at London Glassblowing is a very special time of the year. With the fires ablaze in the studio, it’s a perfect way to spend a winters day, watching their talented artists weave magic out of glass. The gallery is full with beautiful works by both resident and guest artists, making the perfect gift for your loved ones at Christmas. Peter Layton specially chooses the pieces on display and in the spirit of Christmas, the much loved sale table will be making an appearance with generous discounts. This year, they have the luxury of hosting three lampworking demonstrations by special guest artists: Phil Vallentin, 23 November Olga Alianova, 30 November Davide Penso, 7 December Each artist will be demonstrating their work through the course of the day, from 11am – 5pm, do pop in and watch the masters at work! Click here to view the Christmas at London Glassblowing Gift Guide. The gallery may close earlier on Christmas Eve and will re-open for the New Year on the 5 January. BLOWING BY CANDLELIGHT, 5 DECEMBER By tradition we will be ‘Blowing by Candlelight’ on the 5 December from 6pm – 8pm. The evening will be accompanied by the sounds of Maria McNamee on the harp, plenty of mulled wine and of course some mince pies. There will also be a chance to blow your own bauble if you are lucky enough to be picked from a hat! We will be there to assist you in browsing the gallery for the perfect gift. Please click here to RSVP. Christmas at London Glassblowing
Celebrate Christmas in the Clouds and join us for a wonderfully festive intimate play in the luxury of a signature Shangri-La Suite, performed live by London’s hottest private theatre company, Revels In Hand. Enjoy a night of elegance, glamour and comedy in London’s highest hotel, complete with two glasses of Champagne and canapés during the intermission. Commissioned especially for the festive season at the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, from playwright Oliver Rose, Four Calling Birds transports guests to the Midwinter soirée of Richard Bleak, whose festive preparations are about to take a turn for the hilarious. Inspired by the vintage farces of stage and screen’s yesteryear, Revels in Hand bring you a riotous and joyful Yuletide celebration in this brand new play. Dates: 27 Nov, 28 Nov, 4 Dec, 5 Dec, 11 Dec, 12 Dec 2019. Book tickets here. Enhance your experience by enjoying dinner or drinks at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London: T?NG Restaurant and Lounge Discover a deliciously local dining experience at T?NG Restaurant, celebrating fresh ingredients sourced from suppliers in Borough Market and Bermondsey. With panoramic views over Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City of London, T?NG serves modern British cuisine in casual elegance. The restaurant is located on Level 35, just off the Sky Lobby. G?NG Bar Experience the highest bar in London, bringing unparalleled elegance to the city’s social scene. Elevated on Level 52, this is the perfect place for sunset cocktails and late-night drinks, featuring the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline, with views to the west, north and east. Pre-order a bottle of Champagne for your Theatre In The Clouds performance Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label, Brut, NV, £96 per bottle Duval Leroy, Rosé Prestige, Premier Cru, Brut, NV, £120 per bottle Cristal, 2009, £420 per bottle Dom Pérignon Rosé, 2004, £720 per bottle Please note that bar and restaurant bookings have to be made 48 hours prior to the performance. Please contact Shangri-La for booking details: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 0207 234 8000
This year, London’s most picturesque Christmas market, Christmas by the River is welcoming a festive sculpture trail celebrating Raymond Briggs’ quintessential Christmas character, The Snowman™. The ‘Walking with The Snowman’ trail will feature twelve giant Snowman sculptures, each reimagined with stunning designs and decoration relating to the song, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Created by one of twelve talented artists, each unique statue will be placed at a different location throughout London Bridge City’s, Christmas by the River market. Displayed amongst the 70+ stalls, each figure will be perfectly suited to its festive surroundings and provide an enchanting highlight for visitors of all ages. Christmas by the River will also be hosting a special series of family workshops to celebrate The Snowman’s arrival, from story-tellings to arts ‘n craft sessions. Download your FREE Snowman map here. Event Location: London Bridge City, SE1 2DB Organised by: London Bridge City
Shard Lights will return on Monday 2nd December 2019, transforming the top 20 storeys of The Shard into a colourful spectacle, visible across the capital. This year’s Shard Lights display has been designed by local schoolchildren. The light show will feature three, nine-minute sequences displayed every half hour from 4pm to 1am each evening throughout the month. The sequences will reflect the designs created by the schoolchildren, creating an exciting and inspiring visual display to light up the capital. On New Year’s Eve there will be a unique display from when the clock strikes midnight to the early hours of New Year’s Day before the show comes to a close. Look up to see Western Europe’s highest light show and tag your pictures with #ShardLights.
IT’S BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS. Created by Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis This gorgeous, sensory show from the makers of the Unicorn’s highly successful, long-running Baby Show returns to delight babies and parents alike this festive season. As you sit together in a cosy space, share in your baby’s excitement at the building anticipation of Christmas Day and all things present-related – including the very best bit: crumpling, rumpling and scrunching that wrapping paper! The Scrunch experience starts the moment you arrive – head to the exclusive Christmas lounge on level 2 where there is space to relax and play before you head up to the show. The ushers will be on hand to look after you, and highchairs, baby-changing and bottle-warming facilities are available.