December is here!

Gingerbread House

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? 

December has swiftly arrived and I think I am not alone in wondering where on earth the last 11 months went. December is a great time to reflect on the past months and to set goals for the coming year. It is also a glorious because Christmas is on the way and we are already SO excited in the office. Being based in Carnaby its hard not to get into the Christmas spirit when we are surrounded by the best decorations London has to offer and more importantly we are right by all of the shops! We are totally spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas shopping options. At Bain and Gray have an exciting month ahead with lots of festivities and of course our annual Christmas party. This year it really is something special and we cannot wait, we are so grateful to our bosses for arranging it.. we will be posting lots about it so keep your eyes peeled.

In the meantime, if you want to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit or want ideas for family/friends visiting, do have a look at our top 5 things to do: 
 

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland really is the number one destination for everything you could ever love about Christmas. It’s located in the heart of Central London, in Hyde Park, making it one of the easiest festive destinations to get to. You can wander around with hot chocolate (or mulled wine!), soak up the retro Christmas vibes amongst the neon lights and sideshow games. If you don’t enjoy the fairground atmosphere, you can watch the action from their incredible Bavarian beer tents and traditional German style wooden booths adorned in fairy lights. There’s also no better place to pick up beautiful Christmas presents than the Winter Wonderland Christmas markets, like festive cookies and chocolates, handmade creations and cosy accessories!

Christmas at Kew Gardens

A visit to Kew Gardens is a real treat at any time of the year, but there is something truly magical about seeing it all lit up for Christmas in December. Kew Garden’s 2017 seasonal makeover is made up of over one million twinkling lights! They’ve created incredible visual displays using kaleidoscopic projections, giant baubles and a very special flickering fire garden. You can also take a walk through the Christmas village and pick up hot drinks or toast marshmallows around the fire, making it a great place to create some wonderful festive memories with your loved ones.

Somerset House Ice-skating

If you’re planning a winter day out, there may be no activity more festive than ice skating! Since London temperatures don’t drop low enough in winter to skate on frozen ponds or lakes so the place to go is Somerset House. Every year they create the most stunning ice skating rink perfect for an evening out with friends or a family day out! 

Greenwich Winter Festival 

As well as Winter Wonderland, there's a lovely new Christmas experience in town: Greenwich Winter Time Festival, a snowy festive takeover of the world heritage-listed Old Royal Navy College, located right beside the Cutty Sark. The space in front of the riverside building will have a covered ice rink, and a Christmas market filled with contemporary craft and design stalls. Don't worry, it's not all ulta-modern: there will still be food stalls flogging mince pies and mulled wine. 

You can wander around Greenwich Winter Time for a three hour session, though it'll cost extra for ice skating or an audience with Santa. Greenwich is pretty Christmassy as is, so Winter Time is a chance to go turbo on the festivities this December.

The Museum of Architecture: Ginger Bread City

When I was younger the most exciting thing in the lead up to Christmas was eating delicious Ginger Bread houses! I was thrilled to hear that The Museum of Architecture’s displays the most incredible Gingerbread City filling two floors on Thurloe Street with impressive models made of dough. Feast your eyes on an imaginary city made by architecture firms, who were invited to pick a plot on the masterplan and respond to a brief set by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Look out for gingerbread house making workshops throughout the duration of the show and don’t be tempted to nibble on the creation.

We hope you have a very festive December with lots of thing to do. In the meantime if you are job searching, have a look at our lastest roles: www.bainandgray.com/job-search