Check out London local Luisa’s list of things to do in London before Christmas for a perfect December.
Christmas in London
London is setting up for the festive season and brings mulled wine, lights and mince pies. Find my special tips for the best Christmas events in East London below.
Xylem and Phloem – Yoga, Brunch, and Wreath Building Workshop
Do you want to give yourself and your loved ones a special treat this year and explore the creative scene in East London? Then come to this gorgeous workshop. Tash and Freddy have combined their passion for elegant yoga flows and floristry workshops in a brand new business called Xylem and Phloem.
You will do Yoga, sweat and breathe, come into your body and relax to then enjoy a fabulous breakfast, healthy and nourishing. There will be time to chat with new people and meet some real Londoners! You will then make your own unique and creative Christmas flower bouquet that will last for a couple of weeks; it can be a perfect Christmas decoration for your home!
Location: the beautiful Blank 100 space in De Beauvoir. An authentic East London creative space, tucked away from the touristy crowds.
Hours: December 16th, 10:00-14:00.
Columbia Road Christmas Markets
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Columbia Road is a sweet little road not far away from Shoreditch. It’s normally quiet during the week, but in the Christmas season, shops open on Wednesday nights. Pubs sell mulled wine and mince pies, and locals meet for a chat in the street and do their Christmas shopping. The shops sell unique products, often from local designers and artists. On some Wednesdays, the local church community comes with a piano on a truck and everyone is invited to sing Christmas carols. It’s a lot of fun!
Location: Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
Hours: Wednesdays, December 6th, 13th, 20th. Shops are open from around 5-9pm.
WISH is a user-led charity that works with women with mental health needs in prisons, hospitals, and the community.
On this unique winter market, you will find a range of stalls including vintage clothing, hand-made jewelry, Christmas cards, bathroom products, candles and much more.
It’s also a Winter Market with a difference; all sellers have an ethical approach to their craft. In addition, there will be some brilliant classes happening that day.
At The Create Place, there will be a Herbal Blessings Clinic run by Rabiah Mali from 10AM-12:30PM. Join Rabiah to learn how to make your own medicinal herbal balm and tea blend, which makes a perfect gift for your loved ones – or a pamper present for yourself!
There will also be a Botanical Illustrations workshop run by Joanne Roberts from 2PM-4PM. Take the chance to focus on natural plants that come alive in the winter in this calming workshop. Bookings can be made via email.
You can also pop down to Yoganest to take part in a Structure and Flow yoga class from 1PM-2PM. Get to know your body and how it works as you learn to let go and connect with your breath in this relaxing class. Or, if you want to get in the festive spirit, settle down in our Gallery Cafe with a mulled wine.
Information: £2 entry fee to support WISH
Hours: December 9th, 11:00 – 16:00
Location: 21 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL
Songs of Joy and Peace – a Charity Concert for Side by Side Refugees
Do you want to get in the Christmas mood and find some inner peace?
Join Victoria Park Singers and internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Ian Shaw for a night full of festive favorites and glorious harmonies in the beautiful setting of St John of Jerusalem, Hackney.
Victoria Park Singers is a community choir based in Hackney, founded and directed by award-winning conductor Hannah Brine.
Information: Tickets will be available at the door at £12/£10 concessions.
Location: St John of Jerusalem, Hackney.
Date: December 6th, 20:00, and doors open at 19:30.
Make sure to find time to enjoy the holiday spirit and take care of yourself and your loved ones.