London in December: ice-skating & festivities

London offers something for everyone over the holiday season, from the traditional to the trendy, with everything from old-fashioned Christmas carol services to the latest thing in art and fashion - all within easy reach of The Beaumont's front door.

The concierge team at The Beaumont know London inside out, and they are here to help guests look beyond the obvious tourist clichés.

Go Gauguin

The major winter exhibition at the National Gallery is the first show ever to focus entirely on the portraits by Paul Gauguin, whose colourful life and close friendship with Van Gogh often overshadows these fascinating works. Bringing together his portrayals of the same person from collections on different continents, this groundbreaking show demonstrates how Gauguin's style and interests evolved from his early days to his later years in French Polynesia, and includes paintings, drawings and sculpture. Runs until 26 January.

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Bah humbug

Charles Dickens' much-loved tale of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, has been adapted many times for stage and screen, but few productions have such an atmospheric setting as Middle Temple Hall, where Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was first performed in 1602. Firmly established as one of London's most magical Christmas treats, this festive celebration combines Dickens' ghostly tale with original songs inspired by the carols of a traditional Victorian Christmas, and runs from 21 to 30 December.

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Get your skates on

On the banks of the River Thames, Somerset House is one of London's finest buildings, and each winter its grand central courtyard hosts the capital's smartest skating rink. Now celebrating its 20th year, Skate at Somerset House has something for everyone, with skating lessons, wheelchair skating, DJ-hosted Skate Lates, a bar and cafe lounge, a glittering Fortnum & Mason Christmas arcade and, for the first time, an all-night skating session on Saturday 7 December. Daily through to 12 January.

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Bonhomie at The Beaumont

Christmas at The Beaumont is always a welcoming affair, and there are still some tables available for lunch and dinner at The Colony Grill on Christmas Day.

This year, for the first time, The Colony is also hosting a New Year's Eve jamboree. The party starts at 9.15pm with a welcome cocktail, followed by a five-course dinner, a Champagne toast at midnight and dancing to a 1920s swing band in the Magritte Bar. Tables of between 2 and 8 people are available.

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Our Concierge team is always on hand to advise and bring our guests insider access.