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FOCUS Favourites Holiday edition!

November 30, 2017

A short selection of ideas on how to enjoy the festive season. 

Check our previous blogs to find out about Carol singing, concerts and grottos.



A 'Merrie Monarch' Christmas
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Thursday, 14 December 2017


Hear the music of Charles II's time against the backdrop of Charles II: Art & Power, provided by students from the Royal College of Music.
Festive drinks will be served after the concert, during which time you can enjoy a private view of the exhibition.






Family Christmas Chocolate Truffle Making
Chocolate Museum
20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th & 29th December


You will be making lollies and truffles while learning how to temper chocolate, shape ganache and fudge, and get creative with Christmas decorations. At the end, each participant will take home a bag full of delicious Christmas treats.






23rd November – 1st January


An alternative festive experience with an ice rink, a backyard cinema’s Winter Night Garden, a plonk golf, a fairground, a roller disco, a special family Christmas show (Mimi & The Mountain Dragon) and a market.






Christmas Lights Bike Tour
17th November - 6th January



Experience London at twilight on a tour for a Christmas you’ll never forget!
They will equip you with a suitable bike, a helmet (optional), lights, and a free Santa hat! The tour will go at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to stop for photographs. Your guide will also be equipped with a boombox, blasting some traditional carols and your favourite Christmas hits!








Enchanted Eltham Palace

Fri 15 - Sat 23 Dec 2017



Strings of lanterns laced through the boughs of trees and fairy lights twinkling behind leaves will lead you along an enchanting garden trail into a magical wonderland.







Finnish Rooftop Sauna
Until 30th Dec

A pop-up Finnish sauna set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden with ace views of the Thames. Strip off and warm up to a steamy 90 degrees before sipping warming tipples under blankets in a Scandi-inspired rooftop bar. It’s peak cosiness. Reaching 90 degrees celsius inside, you can then cool down in the open air (or with cold water buckets if you’re feeling brave), all while enjoying exclusive views over the River Thames.






Queen of Hoxton’s Moroccan Medina
Until March 31st 2018


Inspired by the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, the spot on the Shoreditch skyline has been transformed, with giant cacti, fairy lights, pretty lanterns and fire pits. Sip gin-spiked Casablancan mint tea and piping hot espresso martinis, feast on halloumi fries, mezze and tagine and warm the hell up inside the giant wigwam snug.