Douglas and Gordon’s Ultimate Christmas and New Years Guide: Kensington, Chelsea & Notting Hill

Friday, December 20, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon


‘Tis the season to be jolly! We hope you have a very merry holiday with Douglas and Gordon’s ultimate Christmas and New Years Guide.


Guide To Christmas Festivities

Christmas Cracker at Cadogan Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing the Christmas Cracker at Cadogan Hall this Saturday 21st December. Conducted by Nick Davies, the performance will feature a list of seasonal works for the winter period. Tickets start at £15.


Christmas from Sweden

This Monday, 23rd December, celebrate Illejulafton, 'Little Christmas Eve', with traditional Nordic performances from Sweden. Cadogan Hall will play host to some of the country's best musicians as they perform a fantastic seasonal and classical repetoire. 


The Blue Bird Chelsea Ice Skating Rink

The Blue Bird is a fabulous pop-up ice skating venue set in the heart of Chelsea. All are welcome to come and enjoy the rink. After you’re done, you can move upstairs to the beautiful restaurant for a range of Belvedere cocktails and dinner or pop into the café for a fondue for two.  The rink will remain open until 5th January.


Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

Skate among the stars at the Natural History Museum this festive season. Open until 5th January, the rink is set beneath 76 000 twinkling fairy lights for an enchanting night of skating. Surrounding the rink there are also many stalls to buy gifts and food from to get you warm and in the festive spirit this winter.


Ice Skating at Somerset House

Indulge yourself at Somerset House’s festive ice rink this Christmas. To make your experience even more glamorous you can add champagne and chocolate, dinner at Tom’s Kitchen or a luxury stay at the Savoy. During the night the rink turns into an ice dance floor as tempos are turned up and some of Europe’s top DJs perform. The rink remains open until 5th January.



NYE at the Roof Gardens Club

One of the hottest parties in Kensington will be taking place at the Roof Gardens this New Year’s Eve. Set in a stylish marquee, the party will feature DJ Dan Browne as well as the 6-piece band FosseyTango. As the night ticks over into the New Year, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show from the rooftop as you sip champagne. Finally, as the night winds down there will be breakfast nibbles on offer to get you off to a good start for the year to come.


NYE at Nottinghill Gate

Members, guests and friends are all welcome at the Blagclub for an intimate party to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This exclusive party often sells out in advance so if you want to join one of the most decadent parties in Notting Hill, be sure to book now.


The Artist Live in Concert – Royal Albert Hall

Celebrate the New Year in Style with Royal Albert Hall. Oscar award winning film, “The Artist” will be on show with a live accompaniment by the London Symphony Orchestra led by Ernst Van Tiel. This will be the first time the Royal Albert Hall has opened its doors for a New Year’s Eve celebration in over a century.


New Year’s Eve down the River Thames 

Climb aboard the Silver Sturgeon for an unforgettable night down the River Thames. The ultra modern boat will be cruising down the river as you enjoy a four-course dinner to candlelight under the famous London Fireworks. As the clock strikes 12, you can celebrate the New Year with champagne on the open deck as the Sturgeon glides past Big Ben. Finally, you’re welcome to hit the dance floor and dance the rest of the night away as you welcome in the New Year. 


New Year’s Day Parade

Join thousands of Londoners for the annual New Year’s Day Parade as it caps off the festive season. Over 10 000 performers from across the world will be making their way through the streets of London on the 1st of January in celebration of the New Year. The parade starts in Piccadilly at noon and finishes in Parliament Square at 3.15pm.