A Sparkletini at Browns Hotel
There aren't too many better things to do in London at Christmas than to hole up at Brown's Hotel with a decadent cocktail or two. Our particular favourite tipple? It's got to be the champagne-filled (and very festive) Sparkletini. Served in the Donovan Bar, you just have to kick back on one of the tartan-clad banquettes and enjoy. Best enjoyed after a trip to Dover Street Market across the road.
The Donovan Bar at Brown's Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street: Brownshotel.com.
Stephen Webster Afternoon Tea at The Langham
Youre probably still very much in relaxation mode, which is why a trip to The Langham is such a great way to while away a cold wintry afternoon in the capital - particularly as world-renowned jewellery designer Stephen Webster has launched his very own afternoon tea there. Working together with the Langhams Executive Pastry Chef, he's created a wonderfully quirky tea with inspiration taken from Stephens latest collection, Murder She Wrote. Served up in the exquisite Palm Court, it's an assortment of unique patisseries such as the lightly perfumed Guinness macaroons with blackcurrant jelly, roasted green pistachio Chantilly with an airy meringue sponge and delicious chocolate and marinated orange scones.
The Stephen Webster Afternoon Tea costs from £49 per person; to book, email: email@example.com.
(Or see our pick of the best places for afternoon tea in London.)
Few things to do at this time of year are more wonderful than a trip to the ballet and there's certainly no place grander to do it than the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Especially quiet in the period before New Year - there are performances on the 28th and 29th of December and prices starting from just £15. With its dancing snowflakes, outstanding sets and Tchaikovsky compositions, its more than enough to keep that warm festive feeling going just that little bit longer...
To find out more and to book, go to: Roh.org.uk.
Theres not really any such thing as the 'January sales' anymore, as with every passing year they creep closer and closer to Christmas. And while you might already be more than a bit shopped out, this really is the best time to get one step ahead of the crowd and bag the best bargains. To ensure you start 2012 as stylishly as possible, ELLEuk have put together a definitive guide of which shops to be in - and when - with the Sales Guide 2011.
With all the stresses of Christmas over, we think we owe it to ourselves to book in for a lavish treat. And where better than one of Londons finest spas, in the out-of-this-world luxury of the Corinthia Hotel? The package includes a chilled bottle of Laurent Perrier on arrival, full use of the Espa spa and a choice of an 80-minute personalised massage or Shiatsu experience. Then as heading to the outside world might feel that little bit much, theyre offering a night in one of their luxurious suites and full breakfast for two in the Northall restaurant. Now theres something to help you really start the New Year in good shape.
Prices start from £399 and the offer runs until 31st December. Read our full review of the Corinthia Hotel London.
Like our pick of the best things to do in London between Christmas and New Year, but are really just looking to get down to some serious shopping? Check out ELLEuk's Sales Guide 2011.