Plan a Unique Christmas Night Out in London for 2023


It may only be January, but when it comes to preparing for the festivities in the city, you can never be too early right? Christmas is the time of year when we all get together with our friends and family, eat lots of food and drink plenty of booze. It’s also the perfect excuse to dress up in your finest festive best and go out for some merrymaking - as well as offering the chance to try something totally new and unique!

If you are looking for a Christmas night out with a twist then this post is definitely for you - read on for my top recommendations, and make this one a night to remember for all the right reasons. 

Christmas Themed Bottomless Brunch

Perhaps the best way to start off your festive celebration is with a bottomless brunch in London. But what actually is a bottomless brunch? Well, it’s a brunch event at which you can typically enjoy a number of courses plus unlimited alcohol, at a single set price. And as you can imagine, a specifically Christmas-themed bottomless brunch can be a lot of fun, especially in London, which isn’t exactly short of enchanting venues for this type of event.

As the name suggests, this is an event at which guests can enjoy unlimited quantities of alcoholic drinks, usually alongside a festive meal or choice of dishes. This is a great opportunity to try something completely different from the norm, and it will give you plenty of room to sample a wide range of delicious treats - as well as to make the most of the "merry" elements of Christmas!

A Christmas Pub Crawl

A pub crawl is a fantastic way to spend a few hours enjoying yourself with your mates. You don’t need to worry about anything other than getting there and having fun, so why not take advantage of this opportunity to explore some of the city's coolest bars? Many cities will have a site or page dedicated to the best bar crawls. or you can use an experienced provider to plan your trip.

A Christmas Dinner Party

A Christmas dinner party is another great option for those who want to have a bit of fun while they're at it. If you've got a group of friends who love nothing more than sitting down to a traditional Christmas dinner, then this is the ideal occasion to put them to work. Invite everyone over to your house for a feast that includes turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, vegetables, gravy, and cranberry sauce - plus all the trimmings! You can even opt for a festive theme to add an extra special touch to the evening.

An Afternoon Tea Event

Afternoon tea is a quintessential part of any British Christmas experience. Whether you choose to visit a posh hotel or opt for a local tearoom, afternoon tea is always guaranteed to be a treat. Not only does it offer a lovely cup of tea accompanied by a slice of cake, but it gives you the chance to mingle with others and catch up with what has been happening during the year, and offers a chance to slow down, relax and really chat and enjoy the company of others. 

A Christmas Disco

Christmas parties aren't complete without dancing, and if you fancy trying something a little different, then a Christmas disco could be just the ticket. Christmas discos tend to be themed around the season, and often include live entertainment such as DJs, bands, or singers. They are a great opportunity to let loose and dance away the evening, and are a brilliant alternative to going to a club.

Christmas/NYE Club Night

If dancing the night away is more your scene, then why not consider heading to a NYE (New Year's Eve) club instead. These clubs are popping up across the country, offering both New Year’s Eve celebrations and regular nights throughout December. There are many options available, including ones that are specifically aimed at corporate events and work parties, and these events are perfect for letting your hair down and really getting into the festive spirit - you can even opt for a fancy dress event if the mood takes you!

There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas in London, and finding something new and unique is all part of the spirit of the season. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have a wonderful time and enjoy every moment - and don't forget to head to the experts for the top tips and amazing recommendations of the must-try events happening in the capital this festive season; there truly is something for everyone to enjoy!
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Wonderful Wooden Toys for Each Age and Stage


When choosing a toy for a child, every parent tries to buy only the best and most useful, and what could be more useful than natural materials - more specifically, wood? Wooden toys are completely safe, and thanks to modern equipment, not only can cubes and pyramids be made from wood, but also elements for creating movable mechanisms too. Wooden toys really are such wonderful items for little ones, and in this post I'm going to share why.

Features and Benefits of Wooden Toys

Toys are usually made of natural wood such as birch, beech, and coniferous species. These moderately hard materials are easily cut and sanded and do not crack when working with them. Thanks to careful processing, there are no burrs on the objects, meaning that when playing with them, your child will not get a splinter and get hurt. For greater safety and an attractive appearance, the products are covered with water-based paint and a special varnish, which does not contain toxic materials, so they do not cause allergic reactions. Compared to plastic, wood is complicated to break or break. This makes them so much more long lasting!

How to Make the Right Choice?

The simplicity of the functionality of wooden educational toys helps to master the skill faster and to follow the path to creativity. An excess of functions is superfluous for a child's toy. The toy needs to have a specific purpose such as to train counting, to teach differences in colours, etc. Selecting a product for a certain age and individual characteristics is better. For example, small parts and larger / heavier toys are best avoided under the age of three.

The production of wooden toys must follow all the necessary requirements: a smooth surface, no sharp corners, and protrusions, food or acrylic paint, marking in the visibility zone, and the presence of certificates. As long as you buy from a reputable retailer you should be making a great choice!

Types of Wooden Educational Toys for Each Age

Up to a Year
Cubes and pyramids - these promote the development of motor skills, imagination, and co-ordination of movements. Wooden musical instruments such as rattles and xylophones are also a great choice. In general, the fewer the elements (3-4 maximum), the better the toy will hold the concentration and attention of a younger child.

1-2 Years
At the age of 1-2 years, painted products that develop fine motor skills and dexterity are allowed. From this age your child will know how to manipulate objects, and pronounce their first words and phrases. Simple puzzles would therefore be an excellent option - collecting figures from small squares teach logic and creative thinking. The difficulty can be increased with age. You could also consider a toy constructor of large parts for fine motor skills and imagination. As your child gets older, you can increase the difficulty and amount of parts in the toy.

2-3 Years
In the period from 2 to 3 years, the number of elements in constructors and puzzles increases again. Useful toys for comparison and classification by a common feature, colour, shape, and texture are a great idea. 

Sorters - a box with holes or a board with recesses where you need to insert a suitable element. Your child learns to think logically, identify connections, picking up details in shape, size, or colour. Fine motor skills and memory improve while playing.

Lacing - a large figure with several holes, where a cord with a solid tip is threaded. Or large beads of different shapes and colours are strung on a string. Both options help improve fine-motor skills, accuracy, and co-ordination of actions. Having mastered lacing, children will eventually learn how to tie shoes themselves.

3-5 Years
From 3 to 5 years old, your child gets more familiar with the world of numbers and letters. Items with an alphabet, a dial, and an abacus are welcome.

Busy-boards - various objects that are found in everyday life are fixed on the game board: locks, latches, windows, sockets, zippers, fasteners, etc. These teach your child to safely interact with objects from the adult world, motor skills, logical thinking, and attention retention.

You can also introduce more complicated constructors. These are a set of parts of different shapes and colours if the set is painted. This is a ready-made building material from which you can create anything: houses, castles, and whole towns. In addition to classic products, cars, and horses, wooden toy factories also produce sets of furniture for dolls, kitchens, vegetables, and other attributes. The key point is to teach children to play. And then the learning will accelerate, and the process will be fun. You could even introduce a mud kitchen to the garden and let their creative juices flow outside too!

Eco-friendly wooden toys are the choice of parents who care about the safety, harmonious and creative development of their child. And most importantly – teach children to play and engage with them. Only in this case, the toys, in addition to the entertainment function, will also carry an educational one.

Do your children enjoy wooden toys?

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