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Feeling festive: What’s on in the run-up to Christmas

We’ve rounded up our favourite local events this winter. Diaries at the ready…

The Rubens Festive Afternoon Tea

When it comes to afternoon tea, we Brits don’t need much of an excuse to indulge ourselves. With this in mind, The Rubens at the Palace hotel has added to its famous afternoon tea menus with a brand new festive-themed serving. Delightful pastries such as mint chocolate Christmas trees and eggnog profiteroles come with traditional finger sandwiches featuring new fillings such as smoked salmon and horseradish on beetroot bread and the obligatory roast turkey and cranberry mayo – plus unlimited mulled wine. There’s even a mini version so your little prince or princess needn’t miss out on the festive fun.

£50 per person. Children’s menu at £19 per child under the age of 12. The Rubens at the Palace hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS;

The Nutcracker at Curzon Victoria

The Nutcracker has become as much of a festive tradition as mince pies and carol singing. Enjoy a screening of the Royal Opera House’s production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas classic at Curzon Victoria this December and make it one of your annual traditions.

Satellite recording on Monday December 3 at 7:15pm and pre-recorded screening on Sunday December 9 at 2pm. Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria St, SW1E 6QW;


The Messiah at The Other Palace

From the Olivier Award-winning writer of West End smash hit The 39 Steps comes a comedy of biblical proportions. Led by the acting heavyweight trio of Hugh Dennis, Lesley Garrett and John Marquez, The Messiah is a comedy re-telling of the Nativity, the likes of which you’ve never seen before.

Showing from 3 December 2018 – 5 January 2019, prices start from £15. The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA;


NYE at M Victoria St

See 2018 out with a bang at M Victoria St. Executive head chef Michael Reid has created an extra-special five-course feast to enjoy on the night along with champagne on arrival, live music, indoor fireworks and a DJ set to see in the New Year in style.  

M Victoria St, the Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ;


Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs at The Queen’s Gallery

Transport yourself to the opulent splendour of Russia’s Winter Palace this Christmas with the new exhibition from The Queen’s Gallery. Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs explores the relationship between the British and Russian royal families since the late 1600s and includes rare and priceless artifacts including Fabergé masterpieces, photographs and specially commissioned watercolour paintings of Queen Victoria’s son’s wedding on display for the very first time.

9 November 2018 – 28 April 2019, entry prices start from £6. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA;