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12 Dates of Christmas

    It ain't over yet. Ho ho ho. However you’re celebrating, whoever with, our Indytute adventure calendar (see what we did there?) will bring you closer to Christmas, and each other.* 

    *Or not. I mean we could all do with a bit of me-time right now. So go take that wonderful self of yours out on a date night that’s all about you. 


    1. Strip down. Fire up. Hot Tug on.

    Indytute’s Regent’s Canal Hot Tub Experience

    Stock up and ship out aboard the one place in London with no queue for the bar. Bring bubbles. Bring mates. Bring a towel and raise a glass to toast the tub where three’s never a crowd. 

    2. Embrace the espresso. Repeat. 

    The Espresso Martini Society’s Christmas Pop-up

    One usual suspect. Four festive flavours. Pure, unadulterated (not to mention unlimited) caffeinated pleasure in a collection of cocktails that ooze comfort and joy. No bottom. No brainer.

    3. Lights, Camera, Cake!

    Bridget’s Christmas Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

    The city is sparkling, the choux is fresh, and atop this double decker of deliciousness, the view is to die for. Mouthwatering bites in the glow of Christmas lights. Come in from the cold - this tantalising afternoon tea tour is on a whole other level. 

    4. Go the full Hog(warts).

    Warner Bros’ Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The world of Great Halls and Gryffindors, Horcruxes and Hufflepuffs. Of snitches and Slytherins, Privet drive and Platform 9¾. Peak at prosthetics, see the scripts, wield a wand and behold the best of British filmmaking in all its glory. Wonder and wizardry with return travel to London. Now that’s magic. 

    5. Get your geek on.

    Brian & Robin’s Christmas Compendium of Reason

    An ‘explosive mix’ of comedy, science and music with Brian Cox and Robin Ince? A night of surprises from a secret line-up of legendary guests? All proceeds going to charity? No reason. Every reason.

    6. Create your own bit of Christmas. 

      Indytute’s Festive Creative Workshops

      Weave a wreath with a mince pie in hand. Pop the prosecco and craft a scentsational soy candle. Design jewellery over dinner. That lush shade of lipstick you’re after? Guarantee it’s perfect. Add the finishing touch to your party season. Self-made self-gifting is the ultimate you do you. 

      7. Party like it’s nineteen...err, hundred. 

        The Candlelight Club’s Christmas Party

        Candlelit and tinsel-toned, backstage the cabaret is set for the celebration of the century. Fling on your festive vintage finest and don your dancing shoes because the secret is out: for one wild night only, prohibition is paused.

        8. Sloe gin and sleighbells.

          Winter Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at Richmond Park

          Snuggle under a blanket as the Shire horses lead you through a wintery wilderness. Breathe in the crisp, frosty air and keep an eye out for deer on an unforgettable Sleigh Ride. After all, at this time of year, by hoof is the only way to travel. 

          9. Ice, ice, baby!

            Valhalla Calling at Ice Bar London

            Cloak up because it’s minus 5c and here the Champagne’s not the only thing on ice. The cocktails are chilling, the Norse gods have spoken and the Ice Bar’s mythical sub-zero scene beckons the brave. Did you hear that warriors? That’s Valhalla calling…

            10. Ready, set, curl!

            Sliders Curling at Roof East

            Head on up and slide on down: the lanes are lit for the sport of the season. Mulled cider in hand, get your curling game on. The bars are cosy, the competition is fierce, and over in Stratford, the roof is on fire!

            11. Eat cheese. All the cheese*

              Indytute’s Wine and Fondue Experience 

              Three cheeses. Three wines. One Grade 2 listed building in Camden and a massive molten pot of liquid lactose gold. Pair up and tuck into a festive feast of fromagerie that’s utter cheesy heaven. Fondue the right thing, people...

              *Please note that Indytute doesn’t recommend literally eating all the cheese. 

              12. Take in the technicolour

              Winterfest at Wembley Park

              Along an immersive trail of art installation bathed in a halo of twinkling lights, Wembley Park has been transformed into an illuminated playground of sight, sound and touch. The music is pumping, the sonic runway is straight from the burning man and the panettone is IN DOUGHNUT FORM. A hypnotic spectacle that will spark all your senses: Winterfest has landed. Prepare to be dazzled.

              • Hoxton Hotel
              • Selfridges
              • Soho House
              • Stella Magazine
              • Stylist
              • Time Out
              • The Times
              • Press