Twixmas, the relaxed time between Christmas and New Year, is the perfect moment to enjoy and rediscover Covent Garden. The streets are pleasantly quieter and getting that hot restaurant reservation or seeing the latest art exhibition is a little easier.
Here are some of our top picks for a terrific Twixmas in our favourite neighbourhood…
Glide away the Christmas excesses at Skate at Somerset House, one of London’s prettiest outdoor ice rinks. Enjoy live DJ sets with dazzling lights, pick up a luxury treat at the Fortnum & Mason Christmas arcade and warm up over mulled wine, fondue and mince pies in the rustic festive lodge.
Brave the Boxing Day sales and uncover some bargains at Covent Garden’s best stores
. Find exquisite homewares at Petersham Nurseries, London designer brands at Shop at Bluebird, artisan perfumes by Penhaligon’s and warming cashmere at Brora.
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Escape the cold and get comfortable in One Aldwych’s luxurious screening room with an exciting screening as part of Film & Fizz
, complete with a glass of Champagne and a delicious three-course dinner in Indigo
. Enter into the wizarding world with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald or embark on a magical adventure in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – perfect for the kids and big kids alike.
Be transported to a magical world of music, dance and drama with live performances throughout Covent Garden. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House, True West
starring Kit Harrington and Johnny Flynn at the Vaudeville Theatre and beloved musical The Lion King
at the Lyceum Theatre.
Make time for some art inspiration with the recently-opened Good Grief, Charlie Brown! at Somerset House, Gainsborough’s Family Album at National Portrait Gallery and Bond in Motion at The London Film Museum, featuring the largest collection of original James Bond vehicles.
Enjoy a healthy dairy and gluten-free dinner in Indigo
followed by a Christmas Showtime cocktail in The Lobby Bar
, or venture out to discover some of the neighbourhood’s new openings. Go for creative Peruvian-Japanese cuisine at Sushisamba on the Piazza, artisan dumplings at the celebrated Din Tai Fung and Red Farm or indulge in all things avocado at the highly Instagrammable Avobar.
Happy Twixmas from all at One Aldwych.