Category Archives: Christmas

5 Festive Things to Do in Essex

There’s nothing quite like getting away for the day, travelling down long winding roads and sipping on (mulled) wine. So if you’re looking to escape the city for something a bit more magical, here are five things worth exploring in Essex to get you in the spirit. Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of Amarula Cream Liqueur

Have yourself a smooth and silky Christmas with the chance to win a bottle of Amarula Cream Liqueur. Continue reading

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Hotel Chocolat: Christmas Gifts for Her

Luxury British chocolate brand, Hotel Chocolat, has a delectable range of luscious treats “for her” including boxes of chocolates, bottles of bubbly, hampers, gift cards, “bean to bar” experiences and more! Continue reading

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Fantastic Services/Fantastic Christmas Tree

Fantastic Services – a “one-stop shop for all home services” in London and much of Southeast and Northwest England – has added a new seasonally fantastic service available in all London areas within the M25: Christmas tree delivery, installation, and disposal. Continue reading

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Konditor & Cook: Best Mince Pies in London?

Have you tried Konditor & Cook’s mince pies? Spiced right with an ever so flaky crust, they’re a perfect treat for seasonal snacking and Christmas celebrations. Continue reading

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Festive Fun at the South Pole Saloon

Jasmine Kaur journeys to London’s South Pole (Brixton) for an evening of rooftop revelry and festive season feels. I was invited to the launch of Brixton Rooftop’s South Pole Saloon to get a taste of the wintery festivities and let … Continue reading

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It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Giving

Demi Perera shares the details about South Place Hotel’s annual Christmas Toy Party in aid of Bart’s Charity. It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Festive lights adorn every street and the scent of mince pies, mulled … Continue reading

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Last Days of Shoreditch Winter La La Land

The lights are twinkling, the trees are decorated and festive fun is firmly top of the agenda. How about trying something a little different this season? Last Days of Shoreditch Winter La La Land is a winter pop-up like no other. Continue reading

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Where Should You Buy Gifts Online?

Here are some of the things for you to keep in mind when you are looking for a place to do all of your online festive season gift shopping. Continue reading

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Shop Till You Drop at America’s Best Cities for Holiday Shopping (Going Places)

If you’re wondering which US cities are the absolute best for taking a holiday retail wander then check out this all nice/not naughty list of the choicest shopping destinations in America. Continue reading

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Preview: Meow Meow and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall

Cabaret sensation Meow Meow returns to Royal Festival Hall for More Pandemonium with the London Philharmonic Orchestra following the success of last year’s one-off performance. Continue reading

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Tower of London Ice Rink

If you fancy ice-skating this winter (until 2nd January) and you’re new to how it works in London, you need to book your place. Yes it’s that popular. Continue reading

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Win a Classic Christmas Chocolate Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat

The “tis the season” season will be upon us soon. That’s yummy news. And I’m helping you stay one step ahead of the Christmas crush with a chance for one lucky tikichris reader to win a Classic Christmas Chocolate Sleekster from Hotel Chocolat. Continue reading

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Movie Review: Better Watch Out

Christmas horror flick sound like your thing? Keep Better Watch Out in mind for Yuletide chills and thrills. Continue reading

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Maison Pierre Marcolini 2017 Christmas Collection

Pierre Marcolini is a chocolatier known for sourcing premium cocoa directly from independent producers in Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Ghana, Madagascar and Vietnam. Continue reading

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Christmas Menus at The Bull & The Hide

The Bull & The Hide pub has launched its A Very London Christmas festive season menus for 2017. I tagged along for a tasting of the Grazing menu, one of the pub’s four festive season packages offered. It featured heart … Continue reading

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2017 Resolutions

Typos. I’ve got ‘em – and far too many for me to be blasé about. My number one resolution of 2017 (as it pertains to this blog and my work as a writer) is to type right and improve my proof reading. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

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Cheers from Artesian | 10X10 with tikchris

The ninth celebration to mark my decade of blogging was a boozy little get together with a few other writers and friendly freelancer folk – a kind of yearend office party for those without offices – at one of my favourite bars in London: Artesian. Continue reading

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Where is Santa Claus From? (Miles Away)

Here’s a fun list of destinations where you might see where the real Saint Nicolas actually lived and maybe even get to meet the jolly old man. Continue reading

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Paul A Young Christmas Truffles | 10X10 with tikichris

I’ve teamed up with Paul A Young Fine Chocolates for a tasty in-shop offer: for every £5 spent at one of Paul’s boutiques, you’ll get a free truffle from his Christmas collection. Continue reading

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Win Panettone and Prosecco from Carluccio’s

Hoping to end the year on a beautiful buon Natale note? Here’s a delicious and bubbly competition to help! I’ve teamed up with Carluccio’s to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a panettone filled with a prosecco flavoured cream plus a bottle of prosecco. Continue reading

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Infographic: How to Stay Safe Driving Home This Christmas

For many, Christmas is a time to set off on the open road and see the family we haven’t seen all year. This might include travelling by plane, train or automobile and if you do have to jump behind the wheel, it’s important you are prepared for the extreme weather that can accompany the festive period. Continue reading

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A Gift Guide for Travelers (Going Places)

We all have people in our lives who love to travel just as much as we do. Whether it’s family or friends, we know you’ll be thinking about what to gift these savvy travelers this holiday season.

To make your life easier, here are five considerations to keep in mind as you make your lists. Continue reading

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Win a £150 Gift Card from Pocket High Street

Daunted by the task of Christmas shopping? Hoping to avoid the same old big box retailers this year and find prezzies that are as special and distinctive as your friends and family whom you’re buying for? Have I got a gift for you! I’ve teamed up with the folks at PocketHighStreet.com to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a £150 gift card to spend at the best independent shops in London. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #61

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.

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Festive Cocktail Menu at Artesian

London’s most lauded and luxurious bar – Artesian – is the place for tipples this festive season with a limited run drinks menu making spirits bright until the new year. Continue reading

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Win One of Three Sets of Cocktail Gummies from SugarSin

I’ve teamed up with candy maker SugarSin to offer tikichris readers the chance to win one of three sets of cocktail gummies. So whether you’re shopping for Christmas stocking stuffers for your family and friends or craving a little something indulgent for yourself, this competition is a sweet treat that can’t be beat! Continue reading

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An Unmissable Christmas in London (Trainline)

Happy Christmas! Are you heading to London this festive season for a family outing or shopping expedition? Here’s a list of Yuletide sights and activities you’re sure to love. Continue reading

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Top Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel (Going Places)

Tyler Olson / Shutterstock Tis the season – or maybe not quite yet but it’ll be here quicker than you can jingle a bell – for holiday travel. It’s America’s busiest time of the year on the roads and in … Continue reading

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2016 Resolutions

For 2016, I hope to not only continue trying for the chance to tell compelling stories, but also to realise more fully my voice in that process.
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London Daily Photo: Santa

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The Best of Sicilian Cuisine for Christmas

Come Christmas time, Sicilians get busy planning the feast they will be preparing and sharing with families and friends. They love their food and they are proud of their culinary culture. During the holidays is one of the best times to visit the place because the atmosphere is cheerful and you will find the aromas of food waffling through the air in every corner you go. Continue reading

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Cocoa-Centric Cuisine at Rabot 1745, Borough Market

Rabot 1745 is Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa-based restaurant. Set in the heart of Borough Market with an expansive terrace offering commanding views over the market this shop/café/bar/restaurant is a great place to sneak a chocolate treat, grab a drink (especially if you’re in the mood to peruse a fantastic list of rums – just be sure to enquire about what rums are behind the bar but possibly not mentioned in the drinks list) and/or have a surprisingly sophisticated meal. Continue reading

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Win a Certainly Wood Traditional Yule Log for Christmas

Yule love this Christmas competition for a free Yule log from Certainly Wood. Continue reading

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