4 soul-restoring things to do in London this December
December can be a gruelling month. Office parties, hangovers, project deadlines, frantic gift-buying, family shenanigans, freezing streets, baking hot tube trains, total diary meltdown.
Finding time to do you, or to dial down the pace and absorb some inspiration can be next to impossible. So our advice is to plan some ‘balance time’ into the mad month now and line up one or two life-enhancing, spirit-lifting things to do on your own or with a good friend. Below are some ideas that we’ve added to our own karmic To-Do list.
Of course, if you’d rather spend your precious ‘me time’ horizontal on the sofa, that’s totally understandable too, just don’t pick up your phone and start online shopping again too soon.
What: Dog Christmas Jumper Day
When: 1-3pm, 10 December
Where: Pear Tree Café, Battersea
How much: Free
Save The Children have teamed up with puppy babysitting app BorrowMyDoggy for the dreamiest Sunday we’ve ever heard of: a dog Christmas jumper day! It’s free, so you can bring your own pooch to Pear Tree Cafe or just come and pet other people’s, while watching the attempt to break the world record for the most dogs in jumpers.
When: 30th November – 2 January
Where: Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley Park, HA9 0QL
How much: Free
Even Scrooge types with love this Christmas tree with a view. The Slideatron, in Wembley Park, has a viewing platform, a SLIDE and a festive food market. All boxes ticked. And that’s not it; every hour, it goes into ‘dance mode’ and a light show plays to a Christmas song for two minutes…
What: Choose Love pop-up shop
When: 24th November – end of January
Where: 18 Broadwick Street
How much: Whatever you can spare
Pioneering humanitarian aid organisation Help The Refugees is providing an alternative to Black Friday madness, with Choose Love, a store where you can buy real products for refugees, created by creative collective Glimpse. Rather than getting lots of stuff you don’t need, you can shop until you drop — giving emergency blankets, school bags and medical equipment to people who need it more than you — and feel, justifiably, great. Josie Naughton CEO of Help Refugees said: ‘It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have a bed, a blanket and a roof over our heads. For thousands of refugees this Winter, these basic human needs are completely out of reach. This shop is all about one simple idea: that we should all choose love this Christmas and help those in need’.
What: Walk Towards The Light
When: 2nd-24th December
Where: Lauren Baker Gallery
How much: Free
Following the success of The Colour Of Energy, Lauren Baker created this positive exhibition after becoming disillusioned with the corporate world and the state of the global headlines. After a trip to the Amazon where she spent time with shamans, she returned to London with a newfound sense of purpose and optimism which comes through in her latest work, which captures the healing energy she’d experienced. Baker said: ‘To lift ourselves up it all starts with a flicker of light. I want to send an outpour of love and positivity. This is the essence of the work I present’.
When: 10am-1pm, 6th January
Where: St Cuthbert’s Centre, SW5 9EB
How much: £50
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