5 Festive Activities in South Kensington

1. Ice skating at the Natural History Museum

The annual icing over the Natural History Museums gardens is in full swing. It’s not Christmas unless you get your skates on and immerse yourself in the rinks magical atmosphere surrounded by frost covered trees and the smell of mulled wine

The rink is open from 11am-9pm every day and tickets are £12.65 for adults and £8.80 for children.

2. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

One of London’s biggest winter attractions is back in its landmark spot of Hyde Park. Spreading Christmas spirit to all its visitors the 100 attractions include roller coasters, shows, street food, live music, festive bars and ice skating. With free entry, there’s no excuse to not take your Christmas spirit to the next level

3. Royal Albert Hall Christmas Events

There’s nothing like seeing a show in The Royal Albert Hall but throughout the winter season excitement soars as the events schedule gets a festive overhaul. With shows such as ‘John Rutters Christmas Celebration’ by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Nutcracker, the Hall is chock-a-block with Christmas cheer.

4. V & A Choirs by Candlelight

On Friday 1st December visit the V&A museum for their special event; Choirs by Candlelight: The Fourth Choir. This free concert is led by conductor Dominic Ellis-Peckham and features Renaissance Venetian music by the Fourth Choir; London LGBT and chamber choir. Expect some festive pieces to put you in the Christmas mood.

5. Kensington Palace – Under the Christmas Tree

On the 3rd, 10th and 17th December Kensington Palace are running days of festive family activities giving visitors the chance to discover Queen Victoria’s Christmas. Throughout the day there will be storytelling, Christmas decoration making, Victorian toy handling and an exploration of the palace. The entry is included in the palace admission


After having a complete refurbishment in 2015 and a successful relaunch managed by Luke MacKay and Dave Turcan of the well known Brompton Food Market on Thurloe Place, The Hour Glass Pub is now carrying on that success under the new management of Brett Hardy and Sean Marsh.

Brett relocated from South Africa to London in 1989. He went on to forge a career in the hospitality industry working in five star hotels and country estates. Brett then moved into the restaurant trade and worked for various celebrity chefs as well as running his own successful restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa. More recently Brett has been working in Dorset where he developed his love for fresh seafood and homegrown British produce.

American born Sean is a chef that has had the privilege of developing his career in a list of prestigious properties in Spain, Portugal and London. Moving to Europe in 2012 Sean worked at renowned Mugaritz in San Sebastian. He then moved onto other equally renowned Michelin stared restaurants along the Algarve before moving to London to work at St John Bar and Restaurant. Now taking the helm at The Hour Glass he is bringing along his passion for using seasonal local produce to create traditional dishes packed with flavour.

As a team Brett and Sean hope to bring you good old fashioned British food, drink and service but with a cool contemporary twist. They look forward to welcoming you to The Hour Glass Pub.