The most festive time of the year, December is no less rich of things to do and discover.
This issue of the FOCUS Favourites suggests some traditional outings and some unusual ones
Book in advance: Wimbledon UK Ballot
ends 31 December 2018
The ballot is public and open to everyone. Entry to the Public Ballot does not automatically entitle applicants to tickets for Wimbledon, but to a place in the draw for tickets. It is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts, as the day and court offered are chosen randomly by a computerised selection process.
Closing date to request application forms is 15 December 2018. Do not miss it!
Sport: The Peter Pan Cup
On the morning of the 25th, members of the Serpentine Swimming Club will take part in the traditional Christmas day race in Hyde Park. Don't worry, members of the Serpentine Club practice every Saturday, so the cold conditions are nothing new!
The 100m swim race on 25 December usually starts at 9am and takes place on the south bank of the lake, close to the Serpentine Cafe. Spectators are welcome, but you are advised to wrap up warm!
Come down to watch the race, a great start to Christmas Day before opening presents.
Not to be missed: Winter Wonderland
22 November 2018 - 6 January 2019
Winter wonderland is back again in the famous Hyde Park London. The event itself is free to enter, just paying for rides and carnival activities. This year it is offering ice skating, circus shows as well as a christmas market and many rides. The traditional German Christmas Market is one not to be missed, offering over 200 chalets overflowing with knick knacks. Winter Wonderland is open every day except Christmas Day, located in Hyde Park bring the whole family down to have a fun day!
Children: Circus 1903
19 December - 5 January
Book tickets for Circus 1903 at Royal Festival Hall and enjoy the thrills and daredevil entertainment with the whole family this Christmas. The show has everything one might need from a circus including acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high wire performers. Amongst the spectacular stunts and the impressive contortions the show includes live-sized elephants from the award-winning puppetry team behind War Horse. As part of the Southbank Centre‘s Winter Festival this American circus company takes us back to 1903, the golden age of circus.
Day trip: Winchester Christmas market
Two hours away from London you will find the largest Christmas market in the South of England, with around 100 pretty wooden chalets housed in Cathedral Close, alongside an open-air skating ring. The Winchester Christmas market is recognised as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe because of its unique location. Close to half a million visitors are attracted by the medieval market each year and enjoy the festive spirit of Christmas. There is a great range of craft items, Christmas decoration, jewellery, artwork and wooden toys. There is plenty of food and drink at the Christmas Market, selling festive favourites - mull wine, bratwurst, mince pies and stollen.
To make the most of your visit, take time to see the Nativity scene at the far end of the British Crafts Village and also inside the Cathedral.
Festival: BBC Good Food Feast - Hampton Court Palace
If you love food, are a foodie and want to try new and fun foods, this is the place to be.
A great day out for the whole family, to
enjoy a great selection of artisan produce, amazing street food and an incredible lineup of various cooks and chefs. Not only this, but there will be lots of entertainment and live music set up too! Chefs will get the chance to test out the new products and present new techniques.
All of this will be taking place within the Historic Hampton Court Palace. Book your tickets online in advance to save, however tickets are also available at the door!
Restaurant: Roti King
Situated outside Euston station, this restaurant is easily overlooked. The little Chinese-Malay restaurant is located in the basement on Doric Way. However, it is not to be missed. As the name states, rotis (fluffy pancakes) are their speciality and is recommended to order this when eating here. Their Roti Canai special comes with two pieces of their freshly made roti, along side some curry dhal, costing you only £4.50. Despite this not being the most elegant sit-down dinner, it is an unmissable experience. Recommended as some of the best Roti in London, one can do either a take-away or eat in, enjoying the delicious Chinese-Malay mix wherever.