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Thursday, 10 December 2015


Last weekend, my best friend and I headed into London for a super Christmassy themed day out.

With my birthday at the end of the month, I tend to celebrate or 'make plans' (if any) with my friends quite early - everyone is skint at Christmas and wants to spend their time in the lead up to Christmas with their family.

Although my proper birthday plans are this weekend, my bestie and I decided to have a girly day with just the two of us last Saturday. Being that I've spent the last month or so at work writing and researching all about what's on for Christmas, I knew there was plenty to do in London. So we generally just decided to book into one or two things and then just flitter between Christmas bar to Christmas bar.

Our day started at Winterville, Victoria Park - a less touristy but still super seasonal take on Winter Wonderland. It was just the right size, not too expensive and had lots going on. I particularly loved that there was a kind of mini theme park/area just for kids, meaning there weren't so many of them bustling about in the other areas of the park. 

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There was so much to do that we didn't really leave ourselves enough time for any of it really as we were booked into elsewhere afterwards. So we grabbed a hot chocolate each and just took a slow mooch around, gazing in awe at how pretty it was.

I was particularly sad we didn't have time to visit the cinema, which sounded so fun, hidden away in a forest with entry only gained through a wardrobe. It had actually been our original plan to go there for the cinema, but we simply didn't have the time.

We managed to jump on the big wheel just as it was starting to get dark, which welcomed us with beautiful views of London beginning to twinkle in the night.


Next was a quick pit stop to The Montague On The Gardens for their super cosy Log Cabin. We popped our heads into (or rather into the outside) of the Ski Lodge which looked pretty damn pretty and even provided some fake snow falling from the roof, before settling down for some much needed Christmas cocktails and canapes. The canapes were rather yummy, especially the deep fried camembert which was crispy on the outside and nice and gooey on the inside. The bratwurst sausage didn't impress me much though as it was cold upon arrival and didn't look like it was cooked when comparing to the image of the canapes on the website but it was nice enough to eat still.

Between us we had mulled wine, Bailey's Hot Chocolate and Candy Cane Vodka Shots. These shots were very strong and we barely finished them - but they were yummy. The other drinks were delicious and I'm already missing the hot chocolate.

The Log Cabin was really cosy with a nice, warm inviting atmosphere that also left us feeling like we were well looked after and VIP too! Fluffy throws relaxed us as we settled into the overly comfortable sofas and chatted away with the fire burning in front of us.

I think this was the first time I finally, genuinely felt Christmassy this year.

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Next we headed to the Thames for a party boat along the river! Amy found a deal for this on Wowcher or something and I knew immediately it was right up our street, so we jumped on the party boat (not literally, obviously), got changed into our party gear, grabbed some of the buffet and partied the night away. It was dark, so I didn't take any photos but sailing past different sights of London lit up was definitely lovely. The DJ played a good mix of music with some necessary Christmas songs thrown in at the end, which I loved. I went kind of bonkers when they played All I Want For Christmas Is You, a song that often reminds me of my friends. I remember a few years back singing and dancing to it at a club before Christmas and all the fake snow falling down around us. Ahhh. It was lovely.

So when the boat docked once more, it was finally time for our final pit stop of the night - Regression Sessions XXXMas special. A club night in it's own right, which brings the fun back into clubbing with a bouncy castle, a ball pit, a space hopper room, a glitter bar, giant jenga etc. We're huge fans of Regression Sessions and always love popping into London for one of their nights. We always have lots of fun and despite leaving early to avoid a long journey (which we didn't, as we still didn't get home till gone 7am), this event was really fun as usual.

So that was my jam-packed Christmas Day in London, from Winterville mooching to Christmas parties along the Thames. Much fun.

Will you be heading into London for any Christmas themed events this winter? Let me know with a comment!

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  1. Sounds like you had an amazing night and I love the sound of an alternative winter wonderland, now to see if I have time to go! x

    1. You should definitely try and pop down, because it's not too overwhelming you can see quite a lot in as little time as you like, depending on how much time you want to spend there. You don't have to dedicate a whole evening to it x

  2. What an excellent day out in London! I just adore London before Christmas, there is no other place I'd rather be. We usually do the more touristy thing, and some shopping, and the Oxford St lights and all that, but I would just love to have managed to go to the Winterville, sounds perfect. A Bailey's Hot Chocolate doesn't sound too bad either :) Have a lovely holiday!

    1. Thanks! Winterville isn't too bad tourist wise but again, tourist stuff is real fun reglardless :) Thank you, you too! x


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