December 13 – 15: Chocolate Festival, 11am – 8pm (6pm on Sunday), FREE
Create your perfect chocolate bar with ChocoMe, make salted caramel pecan brownies with Rachel’s Kitchen and indulge in Jaz and Juls’ award-winning organic hot chocolate. ‘Tis the season for indulging after all…
Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX festivalchocolate.co.uk
December 14: Designers’ Market, 12pm – 5pm, FREE
For one day only, independent designers, illustrators, makers and artists will huddle into Stour Space in Hackney to sell their wares, making it the perfect spot to buy your east-end friend a present or two.
7 Roach Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2PA stourspace.co.uk
December 8 and 15: Christmas Dinner Masterclass, 7.30pm, £49
Christmas dinner? How’s roast goose with quince, bread sauce and stuffing? And for dessert? Why, mini trifles of amaretto-roasted fig and mascarpone of course. Well, with a little tuition from The Recipe Kit…
Central Cookery School, EC1V 8AJ trkchristmas.eventbrite.co.uk
December 16 – 22: Disappearing Dining Club Party, 11am – 11pm , £40 per person (groups of 10-20)
Get your team down to Boxpark for an hour of all you can eat and drink, cheesy Christmas tunes, crackers, a dress-up box and more. Just don’t expect a productive afternoon at work…
2-4 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY disappearingdiningclub.co.uk/
December 17 – January 12: Ice skate in a pub, 5pm – 9pm, £5
The Leather Bottle has opened London’s first pub ice rink in its garden – maybe hit the drink after your skate, rather than before. Open until 10pm on Fridays,11am-10pm on Saturdays and 11am-9pm on Sundays. Skating sessions are 20 minutes.
538 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW17 0NY leatherbottlepub.co.uk/
December 18: Dinner dating, 7.30pm, £35
Find someone special to kiss under the mistletoe at DoingSomething.co.uk’s dinner dating night with Forza Win. Held in a disused pickle factory in East London (that’s all they will reveal for now), dine on amazing and festive Italian fare while making eyes at your potential date…
December 19: A celebration of Christmas at St Paul’s, 6.30pm, FREE
Lest we forget what Christmas is actually all about – and where’s a better place to remember than the astounding St Paul’s Cathedral? Celebrity readers join the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia.
St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD stpauls.co.uk/
December 19 – 22: Real Food Market, 11am – 8pm, FREE
The weekly Real Food Market turns festive for four days in the run-up to Christmas serving gourmet, seasonal fare, such as game, cheese, mince pies and mulled wine. And the best bit? Most stalls let you try before you buy.
Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX realfoodfestival.co.uk