It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go. All that mulled wine and mistletoe, all those sparkly lights and carols - frankly, what’s not to love about this magical time of the year? At Christmas, it’s a treat to indulge and enjoy the company of loved ones but it’s also important to remain mindful of the world we live in. We urge you to buy ethical presents, organic foods, and spare a thought for those less fortunate. Here are some of our favourite things happening this month. Merry Christmas!
Buy a tree with heart
Every tree sold at The Christmas Forest pop-up market will result in another tree being planted in African countries like Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Mali via the charity Tree Aid. Ten forests will be selling trees, holly, mistletoe and wreaths across Dulwich, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Lavender Hill and other parts of London so help to improve the lives of families with your tree purchase this year. Christmasforest.co.uk.
Christmas at Kew
G&S went to the opening night of this winter wonderland in the beautiful Kew Gardens and what a treat it was. With brightly coloured laser beams reflected on water fountains, a tunnel of lights and a scented fire garden, this night time walk through the botanical gardens is truly magical. Along the way you can toast marshmallows over a fire or speed down a rickety helter-skelter in the vintage fair. A must to get you feeling Christmasy. It’s on until 2 January and tickets cost 18 pounds if bought in advance.
Where to feast
Independent bakers, makers and brewers are opening their doors to the public this Saturday 3rd December. Drink mulled cider and hot chocolate on Columbia Road then head to Broadway market for food tours and talks on the history of jellied eels. Rumour has it Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane will be hosting special events so get ye to the East End to fill your tummies.
What to see
The first retrospective on the works of pop artist Robert Rauschenberg who died in 2008 is on at the Tate Modern. This artist reinvented himself so many times that walking through this exhibition is like having an art history lesson – from pop, abstract expressionism, conceptualism, performance art to installations. At one point in his career he attached buckets and fans to canvases to paint them, or he drove over them in his car. One of his works has the body of a goat positioned on top of it. It’s weird and wacky art at its most exciting, on until April.
Where to shop
We are excited to have a stall this year at Pexmas, a festive market extravaganza in Peckham. Do your Christmas shopping from independent makers, crafters, foodies and more. There will be carols, street food, craft beers and festive tunes. It’s at Warwick Gardens on Sat 10th and Sunday 11th. We will be there Sunday only with a whole host of lovely ethical gifts including our new range of Nathalie Bond Organics beauty products. Please do come and say hello!
The play Art has been revived at the Old Vic from December 10. Back in 1994, French playwright Yasmina Reza was approached by Sean Connery to turn her hit play into a movie but she declined, saying she’d rather bring it to London. Which she did, and here it remained for eight years, attracting huge theatre stars like Albert Finney and Frank Skinner. Now it’s back, and fans of the BBC’s Victoria will recognize Rufus Sewell who plays Serge. It’s about three guys arguing about a painting and looks like riotous, colourful fun.
What to eat
Avoid the last-minute supermarket dash and head for your local farmer’s market or farm shop to stock up on food for the festive season. Brussel sprouts are at their best at the end of the year, the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas roast. Add some seasonal pomegranate seeds to your glass of fizz and don’t forget to place some sweet and juicy clementines into your loved ones’ stockings.
What to wear
It's time to party! We have lots of pieces that are just perfect for wearing during the festive season. From silk dresses like the Linter dress from Osei Duro to sparkly jewellery - the Botero earrings from A Peace Treaty are like a chic pair of Christmas baubles and elegant bags like the Aneka Clutch from Danielle Foster. Cover it all up with the gorgeous Carri coat by D:Efect - your Christmas style all wrapped up!