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Labeca’s Festive-Outings Style Guide
By Sophia Lowery, Fashion Journalism BA
As the excitement of advent begins and your social calendar fills, the festive season is fast approaching. We welcome the twinkling lights, carol singing and the comforting smell of fir to settle you into winter. London offers endless possibilities to celebrate the festive season, but where to start? We bring you the top 5 ‘Christmas in London’ experiences for you and your loved ones… and the perfect outfit for each occasion!
Spend less time stressing over what to wear and more time making memories by following Labeca's Festive-Outings Style Guide. At Labeca, we believe you should never compromise style over comfort, so we are here to offer you both with these classy cosy-ups to accompany your winter outings.
1. Ice Skating at Somerset House
[Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, 16th November 2022 - 15th January 2023 | Source: TimeOut]
The festive period begins with a seasonal skate in the heart of London at Somerset House. Surrounded by stunning Victorian architecture and a glorious 40ft Christmas tree, a day on the ice in the crisp winter air is just what you need. This experience is not only incredibly aesthetically appealing but it’s the perfect way to spend the day with your nearest and dearest this winter.
Whether you’re blissfully gliding across the ice or clinging onto your partner for dear life, this is an atmosphere that is guaranteed to bring true joy as you welcome in the festive season. Select different skate times to fit your mood, with allocated ‘chilled out sessions’ providing lower music levels and a quieter and more spacious rink, or opt for a more buzzy atmosphere with up beat music and a busier crowd.
A day on the ice calls for a cosy extra layer. For an outfit that provides comfort, style, and the ability to move around without restriction, choose our Cashmere Blend Oatmeal Cape layered over our Labeca Signature Oatmeal Sweater for a stylish and warm look. With this cape you can freely twist and turn…or tumble…and look chic while doing so.
2. The Luna Winter Cinema
[Luna Christmas Cinema, Saturday 10th - Friday 23rd December 2022 | Source: The Luna Cinema]
The Luna Christmas cinema will be the ultimate cosy experience with falling snow, twinkly lights and a cup of mulled wine; what more could we want. Playing all of your favourite Christmassy classics, whether you’re feeling nostalgic with The Holiday, ready for a giggle with Home Alone, or feeling-merry and singing along to The Greatest Showman, this wholesome venue is the chilled out winter evening you need.
Stroll through the grounds of Kensington Palace Gardens after fuelling your day with a cappuccino and a croissant at Cafe Tarte. Once you’ve soaked up the sights and culture of Kensington, end your day with a feel good film at this ultimate Christmas Cinema Experience.
A cashmere sweater is a must-have to cosy up with in front of a film. Enter the comfort zone with a look that doesn’t compromise comfort for style; our matching Ash Grey Cashmere Sweater and co-ordinating Ash Grey Wide Leg Pants are the ultimate cosy companion to your evening out. This 100% cashmere coord promises a warm and comfortable style while maintaining a breathable quality.
3. Christmas shopping in Chelsea
[Cartier, 143-144 Sloane St, London SW1X 9BL | Source: Luxury London]
Christmas shopping can be a daunting task, especially when trying to navigate the busy streets of London. Have a stress free festive shopping trip around Sloane Square and Kings Road, Chelsea. Surrounded by the stunning 19th-century houses of Belgravia, and the quaint cafes and galleries of Sloane Square, you will feel carefree and eager to explore the independent stores of Chelsea. Whether you’re getting organised with this year's Christmas list or treating yourself to a well deserved gift, slow down and enjoy the experience on a street that remains a hotspot for glamour, fashion and fine art.
Shop in style with our Naomi Coffee V Neck Cashmere Midi Dress, pair with a statement gold chain, sleek black military boots and our Oversized Herringbone Coat for an extra layer. The pairing of our timeless Naomi Dress with our classic Herringbone Coat provides an elegant outfit, in keeping with the iconic streets of Chelsea. With neutral tones to compliment each other and feminine tailoring that flatters, this style will leave you feeling confident and ready to shop!
4.) Christmas at Kew
[Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London | Photo by Alex Liivet]
Prepare for a magical and enchanted experience when you visit Kew Gardens Christmas Lights. This wholesome family adventure will bring you stunning light displays, festive music and even Santa Claus himself. Kew’s sparkling wonderland is a truly unique experience and a simple way to enjoy the festive spirit with friends and family.
Warm your hands around a comforting cup of hot chocolate while wandering through these illuminated historic gardens. Expect singing trees, mesmerizing video projections, festive music, Christmassy refreshments and a very magical experience.
Our Zoe Black & White Dogstooth Cashmere-blend Hooded Shawl is the essential wrap around for a winter evening under the stars. With cashmere-blend fabric and all the warming qualities of a jacket and scarf, our hooded shawl provides a snug and breathable addition to your evening out. Layer over your favourite cashmere sweater set to achieve a cosy-chic winter style.
5. Christmas at Borough Market
[Borough Food Market, 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL | Source: TimeOut]
Foodies be prepared to be amazed; christmas market meets festive deliciousness at Borough Market this winter. Soak up the festive spirit while sinking your teeth into incredible food and drink guaranteed to warm the soul and spark excitement for the season ahead.
With almost too much choice in what to nibble on and drink, satisfy all your senses with cuisines from around the globe. Borough Market offers you a festive evening that will satisfy your palate and your Christmas cravings.
The market holds various events throughout the year including a Christmas Wreath Making class! Feel festive and learn a new skill as you create a beautiful botanical wreath to make sure your door is looking its festive best. The event will be held on 13th December with all profits from the event going to support The Bridge charity.
A christmas market calls for the ultimate winter warmer - introducing our Teddy Shearling Jacket. Crafted from 100% wool with a 100% leather lining, your comfort is well looked after. Wrap up and stay snug in this jacket; spend more time enjoying the festive holiday spirit and less time worrying about the frosty air. Keep your outfit neutral for a stylish winter look by layering over white or beige trousers and a matching sweater.