Looking for something to do this weekend? This is your definitive guide which will come every week, telling you what’s happening this weekend. As you know, this can range from one off events, long running events, or just cool places or good clubs to visit.
The theme of ice rinks has been one running through the last few editions of these, and it seems it’s not done with yet.
To carry the banner of ice skating this week, we have Club de Fromage on Ice. TimeOut magazine says: “Cheesy pop music and ice rinks have gone gloved-hand-in-gloved-hand since whenever you were in secondary school. Those one hit wonders you knew all the words to! The lurking at the opposite end of the rink to whichever dreamy teen you had a crush on! The post-session jitters from too many blue raspberry Slush Puppies! The ice rink disco is a British coming-of-age rite of passage, and we’re delighted that Club de Fromage are allowing us grown-ups to revisit it.”
This event is taking place at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink on December 11, with tickets costing roughly £9.40 depending on your time slot. Take a look at the prices here.
Moving away from ice but still staying in the Christmas spirit, we have the The Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square.
Being held inside the stunning St John’s church in Westminster square, this event offers a ton of variety which it already provides every year. Highlights this year include Siglo de Oro, Ex Cathedra, The Tallis Scholars and Polyphony performing a variety of Christmas-related music, including a closing rendition of Handel’s “Messiah”.
Get more information here.
Next up is something Christmassy, but with a rather interesting twist. Grotto Outre. This is a 18 and over festive pop-up starring which features ski resort inspired parties during the week, and on Saturdays, some of London’s leading DJs will fill the ice cave with some excellent music. On Sundays, they will be featuring Christmassy performances from various acts.
Grotto Outre is located near Old Street station, so get more info here.
We also have the The Brixton Christmas Carnival, which is taking place the Prince of Wales.
“Shabba & Love Kulture Project are joining forces for a one off Festive Carnival special on a heated rooftop at the heart of Brixton, in association with Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum
3 Stages of Carnival sounds – Reggae / Ragga / Dancehall / Soca / Bashment / Garage / Grime / Hip Hop / Funk and more.
Carnival Dancers, Live performers, Free Braid Bar, Free Wray & Nephew giveaways, Jerk BBQ, Fresh Coconut cocktails and much more…”
Tickets are pretty limited, though, so if you’re interested buy tickets here.
For music that’s errs a bit on the side of the classical, we have the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival.
Their website reads: “We’re bringing 12 days of live music, dining experiences, film screenings, historic walks, singing workshops and family entertainment to Spitalfields this winter.
Join us in some of East London’s most magical spaces for exquisite performances of early music, cutting-edge contemporary sounds, roof-raising jazz and musical treats for younger ears.”
This is taking place between the 4th and 15th December, so you only have a few days left to check this out. There are various events of varying prices, so check out the festival page for more information here.
To get your hands on some Christmas gifts with a bit of a difference, check out the Hackney Flea-Mas market.
“Hackney Flea Market returns with another awesome selection of hand-picked stall holders, all selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects, and handmade items.”
“Items for sale will include, Vintage Clothes, 20th Century Furniture, Records, Glass & Ceramics, Jet Set Junk, Handcrafted Jewellery, Salvaged French Homeware, Antique Luggage, Curiosities & Collectables, Textiles, Kitschenalia, Trench Art, Reclaimed Industrial Fixtures, Mid Century Danish Decor, Atomic Era Electricals & Handmade Goods, and the unexpected.”
Luckily it’s indoors, and to top that off, it’s also free! This is taking place near Stoke Newington rail station, so check out their Facebook page for more info.
Moving on to the alternative, thankfully there are actually a couple of gigs taking place this weekend.
For something decidedly un-Christmassy, we have Gorgoroth, Gehenna and Kampfar playing at The Dome. This is pretty much an antidote to all the overly joyful Christmas music, so if you need a bit of a pick-me-up, this will probably be a stormer.
Get tickets here.
There is also a gig taking place at the The Forum in Kentish Town. Fear Factory playing all of their classic album Demanufacture, backed up by Once Human. Get tickets here if you’re interested.
Other than that, we just have the usual nights taking place, so if you’re after something else check out my other entries!
Have a fantastic weekend.