One of the best alternatives is to have a tropical themed party. Many of our clients venuture down this road and it works as an antidote to the cold winter. Guests enter the party and enjoy rum punch and a live steel drum band with just 3 players performing and creating the illusion of a tropical paradise. http://www.steelbandhire.com/ You can also source my favourite rum in the U.K to make your punch, it is called Sunset Rum and is the strongest on the market. Retailers are charging extortionate prices for it, so you will need to shop around, but it is worth the effort.
Alternative Christmas events in London
Weird and wonderful events in London this Christmas for Santa-lovers and scrooges alike
Eschew the traditional mince pies and carols in favour of something a little more memorable this year, whether you'd prefer something sporty, sedate or terribly silly.
Wacky, mischievous, imagination-fuelled company Little Bulb may be an inspired choice for this year's Christmas show at Battersea Arts Centre. Their music-infused adult shows are often a heap of silliness and fun, which will hopefully translate particularly well for the kiddies. 'Antarctica' features a trio of performers and puppets who mount an expedition to the South Pole in search of fantastical creatures.
Wander through the beautiful palace gardens and its famous maze after dark with the help of an interactive light trail which reacts to your route and actions. The illuminations on a trail through the gardens will bring the trees and plants to life as you pass, and the East Front of the palace itself will be lit with colours that change according to audience movement. Seasonal food and drink will be available for those you exhaust themselves while jumping about in the light sensors. Book in advance.
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Matthew Bourne's classic dance adaptation of Tim Burton's gothic film starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder 'Edward Scissorhands' returns to Sadler's Wells this Christmas. It tells of the poor creature who has hands from scissors who struggles for acceptance in a small town. Bourne has taken a fresh look at the show for its first major revival since its premiere production in 2005. Danny Elfman's music and Terry Davies's sets remain, as will, presumably, Bourne's accessible, exciting choreography.
Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens’s pleasant Morecambe and Wise tribute show was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Now it’s been promoted – probably a splash beyond its means – as it settles in to the West End for a seasonal stint. It’s a lo-fi affair that weaves a host of Eric and Ern’s classic lines and routines into a sweetly understated scenario in which recently deceased Ernie Wise (Ashpitel) is greeted in the afterlife by the puckish spectre of his former partner in crime, Eric Morecambe (Stephens). They reminisce; they bicker; they have a bit of a sing-song; that’s kind of it.
'La Soiree' returns in 2014 and plays in the Spiegeltent on the South Bank. We have seen this show many times, including in its former guise as 'La Clique' both here and at the Hippodrome (now being refurbished as a casino). It hasn't lost any of its punch. The whole audience is treated to a breathtaking melée of burlesque, vaudeville and circus sideshow. Some performers astound with feats of physical nerve and endurance; others charm with character sketches and slapstick. The seamless production allows no time for you to pick your jaw up from the floor before the next act takes to the stage.
The grand eighteenth-century courtyard at Somerset House is a truly stunning location for a session on the ice this winter, and no matter how impressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-metre-square outdoor rink will look the very picture of festive fun in the photos. Plenty of tempting extras are available to make your visit even more special: the Fortnum's Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining; Club Nights will feature DJs from Ministry of Sound (Nov 14), Vintage (Nov 26) and Lovebox (Dec 12) among many others; and Glad Tidings Tuesdays offer a seriously merry evening of traditional Christmas entertainment and treats.
Who could be better to play the wicked stepmother in a panto version of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' than leggy blonde model, UK celebrity adoptee and erstwhile girlfriend of Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall? Richmond Theatre pull in their patron for a stint on the stage this Christmas as Hall stars in her first panto. Hall's no stranger to the boards though, having starred in 'The Graduate', 'Love Letters' and 'High Society' before. Let's hope she can bring some high camp hijinks to this xmas show. Find more pantomimes in London
Hundreds of locally-sourced, fairy light-decked Nordmann Firs have been carefully arranged to create this festive maze, which covers nearly a square kilometre of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Visitors who work their way to the middle will get to meet a very special Christmassy guest. The maze is neighboured by an outdoor ice rink, street food stalls, a cabin bar and a craft market. Booking recommended.
Forget the frozen north – the place you’ll want to be this Christmas is the cool east or, to be more specific, Winterville in Victoria Park. Never heard of it? That’s not surprising as this magical temporary kingdom isn’t set to come into existence until December 2. When it materialises, though, it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy right through to New Year’s Eve. Combining east London’s creative energy and talent drawn from across Europe, this new winter destination is aimed at all ages. The idea is that it will be somewhere kids will clamour to visit, while parents will be more than happy to indulge them.
DONT FORGET!! WONDER HILL HANDMADE AND VINTAGE MARKET!! we are running Saturday 3rd, 10th and 17th from The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge SE1 3SS and have the most amazing range of handmade and vintage designer maker products on sale to make your Christmas an individual and special one and to help you beat high street woes :) Entry is FREE, we offer student discount AND free mince pies!! brilliant! 11.30am - 5pm. www.wonderhillmarket.co.uk