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    17 Cultured As Fuck Things To Do In London This Winter

    Stay cosy.

    1. Marshmallow hot chocolate at Chin Chin Labs.

    2. A Santa Religieuse at Dominique Ansel.

    3. Christmas at Kew Gardens.

    4. Finnish Rooftop Sauna at the Southbank Centre.

    Southbank Centre

    If you like spa experiences but don't like London spa prices, this is a sweet little deal, as well as something different to do this winter. Essentially, Southbank Centre has set up a Nordic sauna on the Queen Elizabeth roof terrace (because why not?) and it's a mere £15 for a 70 minute session, which also includes a sauna expert demonstrating hot stones and walking you through the "authentic sauna experience".

    There's also Nordic canapes available afterwards in the rooftop bar, including venison carpaccio with lingonberry compote and golden beetroot with goat curd.

    When: until Feb 11th

    Price: £15 to £25 for a 70 minute session

    Location: Southbank

    Book here

    5. Moroccan Medina at Queen of Hoxton.

    Queen of Hoxton

    Every winter Queen of Hoxton turns their rooftop space into a winter pop up – they also do this in summer, but lemme tell you guys, the winter one is where it's at. This year's theme is moroccan medina, and there's a big cosy tent, plus an outdoor space with open fires and shisha. Plus brilliant, reasonably priced cocktails: moroccan mint tea spiked with gin and rose, hot buttered rum, warm bramble wine and white nut alnog (think egg nog with almond milk, madagascan vanilla and rum).

    When: until the end of winter

    Price: cocktails start from £6 and main meals from £5

    Location: Shoreditch

    Book here

    6. Winterville in Clapham Common.

    7. The Winter Cabin at York & Albany.

    8. Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the V&A.


    “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever." Everyone loves Winnie-the-Pooh, and this new V&A exhibition is a wonderful treat for Pooh fans. There's old sketches, letters, photographs and more, and it's just a complete must for anyone who wants a cosy afternoon of equal parts culture and nostalgia.

    When: until 8th April

    Price: £8

    Location: South Kensington

    Book here

    9. Fondue at La Fromagerie.

    10. Hot Gin Roof at Ham Yard Hotel.

    11. Ice skating at Skylight.


    There's ice skating on all over the city, and a lot of them are gorgeous – if you want iconic, then the Natural History Museum or Somerset House's rinks are beautiful and less than £20 for a session. But I have a soft spot in my heart for Skylight, because it's a bit less well known, and ice skating on a rooftop with London's skyline as a backdrop is just a little bit heart-stoppingly wonderful. Plus there's fondue and mulled wine (£6) and mulled cider (£5) on offer, and we all know melted cheese makes everything better.

    When: until 13th January

    Price: entry is free, then skating is £10, and you pay when you're at the venue (you can't book online, sorry, as a fellow over-organiser this pains me too)

    Location: South Kensington

    12. Igloos at Coppa Club.

    Coppa Club

    The best rooftop igloos in town are still at Coppa Club, and yes, they are still a 'mare to get into. They're worth it though, as sitting in a cosy igloo, wrapped up in blankets and looking over the Thames is a pretty brilliant winter experience. So, to get in, here's what you need to know. You can book online, but they're fully booked until February now. But hey, no shame in a 'lil February treat. It's easy to be cheerful in December, February is probably a month to start actively planning pick me up treats. OR, there is a select number of spots in the igloos held back for walk ins. If you want to rock up and try your luck, you never know.

    When: until end of February

    Price: bar snacks from £3.50, cocktails from £6.95, small plates from £4.95

    Location: Tower Bridge

    Book here

    13. Christmas screenings at The Prince Charles.

    14. Santa's scotch eggs at Mac & Wild

    15. Winter lodge fun (and rooftop igloos!) at Social Fun and Games Club.

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    This club has turned their whole club into a magical winter lodge wonderland, complete with a ski lodge bar (hot toddys! Mulled wine! Boozy hot chocolate!), curling (the medieval game you never knew you needed) and rooftop igloos. Yes, the igloos are also fully booked through December, but they have some availability in January if you move quick. And if you don't care about the rooftop igloo, then curling and drinking in the *80s style apres-ski lodge* is still great.

    When: you can go into the winter lodge anytime but if you want an igloo the earliest availability is January

    Price: Free entry to bar, £5 for mulled cider/wine, and £40 minimum spend for an igloo – they fit 8, so if you have a full group that's £5 a head, plus everyone gets free mulled wine on arrival. You can also get food menus starting from £9 per person for croque monsieurs, truffle fries and hot dogs

    Location: Stratford

    Book igloos here

    16. Other Side Fried at Peckham Levels.

    Other Side Fried

    Peckham Levels has just opened in Peckham across the seven floors of a giant car park. It's essentially a grassroots project that will have a public space for performances, a hair salon, street food and bars, live music and a yoga studio. There's even some creative office spaces. But the main draw for me is the presence of Other Side Fried, who do some of the most knockout delicious fried chicken burgers in London, and I do not say that lightly, believe me. If you feel like getting some culture and supporting a cool new Peckham enterprise, then go. And if you want a stellar burger, then also go. Both are great reasons.

    When: now in permanent residence

    Price: burgers from £8.50

    Location: Peckham

    17. Giselle at The Royal Opera House.

    Royal Opera House

    I have bad news and I have good news. The bad news is that the quintessential Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, is pretty much sold out except for a few £125 tickets. And guys, I love the ballet, but it's not a £125 a seat kinda love (I wish it could be, but my bank balance keeps us apart). BUT, the good news is Giselle is on in January, which is also a brilliant ballet, and still feels lovely and winter-y. It's not a Christmas ballet extravaganza, but it will still be a wonderful way to perk up a day in January or February.

    Plus, there's seats currently going for £6 a pop, and as a regular £6 seat go-er, I can tell you they're very good – go for the front row stalls seats, either the ones closest to the stage, or furthest away.

    When: Jan 19th to March 9th

    Price: tickets from £6

    Location: Covent Garden

    Book here

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