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ManOfLondon : Christmas at the South Bank

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Man of London took a walk down to London’s south bank centre on a crisp Friday afternoon this December and can honestly say there was a sense of magic in the air.

The south bank centre has been transformed into a Christmas experience to remember with all the senses of the modern gentleman catered for.

Approaching the centre the smell of mulled wine lingered In the winter air and my cheeks began to flush.

Impressive considering I had not yet had a sip.

I stumbled upon a winter food market at the back on the centre. Filled with the finest confections and foods any trip there would ensure a perfect christmas feast.

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When ManOfLondon entered the centre the atmosphere was electric. Technicians were preparing various spaces within the venue for that evenings performances, with many audience members already gathered in the terrace lounge waiting for the festivities to kick off the weekend.

An impressive array of performances and cultural events many of them free with events to appeal to the modern gentleman and the modern family come to think of it.

Space for some performances is limited so ManOfLondon recommends arriving early or booking in advance where possible.

Outside the centre itself and on the banks of the Thames is a traditional Christmas market. A huge line of little log cabins selling everything from handmade Christmas decoration to pillows shaped like pandas.

One stall in particular has a pair of chocolate fountains where you can have a ‘kebab’ of items slathered in the chocolate of your choice to tantalise your taste buds.

ManOfLondon has a sweet-tooth and it’s not a secret. I opted for the marshmallow kebab smothered in molten white chocolate.

Honestly, this was the best £2.50 I ever spent.

Marshmallows and white chocolate. MOL like!

The luxurious white chocolate was warm enough to make the marshmallow melt slightly and it’s a treat that young and old can enjoy to warm up on a cold winter evening.

The Southbank centre has done a fantastic job of cramming a lot of different activities Into a relatively small space.

The market with its somewhat traditonal feel, as well as the twinkling lights which frame your view of The London Eye and Big Ben really helps to put your mind into the Christmas spirit.

With the market running until Christmas eve, there is still time for even the most unprepared gentleman to experience a little of the Christmas sparkle the capital has to offer.

The Centre is easy to get too, with Waterloo Tube station only a short walk away and for the mariner in you, the centre can be accessed by boats stopping at river pier until later afternoon.

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ManOfLondon Wishes good tidings : Christmas for the modern man Pt.1

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It’s that time of year again when the decorations go up a little too early, hyper children and frantic parents make shopping Impossible and shops open late so you can drain your bank account. ManOfLondon is of course talking about Christmas.

The once solely religious holiday is now celebrated by people worldwide as a time of giving and receiving gifts (Santa can I please have a new mini, I have been a respectable gentleman this year) and eating until one find it is difficult to move, or even remain conscious.

So how does the modern gentleman prepare for such an event while remaining as suave as Santa? Bearing two simple things in mind means you can have Christmas while retaining charisma.

Top Tip one? Prepare presents: Don’t be a stereotype. For Millennia (Okay, a  slight exaggeration) man has been seen as a wild beast trailing department stores on Christmas eve  to begin  finding those  perfect presents. If this is you, take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror. Feel the shame.  Preparing in advance means you get the perfect gift for your loved ones, and at the same time you can save yourself some money in the many deals retailers offer to boost Christmas sales. Are you a lazy man? The internet means even those of you who struggle to comb their hair can still have that diamond ring delivered to your door.

Top Tip Two: Can’t cook? Don’t cook. The modern gentleman doesn’t like to be beaten. It’s true. It’s in our genes, an instinct in our brain we just cannot control. Christmas is the one day of year where you need to ignore your instincts. If you have the slightest inclination that you might overdo the turkey or cause eight accident and emergency admissions, it is a good idea to let someone else cook. For those gentleman who can give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money, sprinkle a little paprika over your roast potatoes before you cook them to give them a slightly Smokey taste.

If all else fails you can throw charisma out the window, blag your way through the presents and order in for dinner. I wonder what turkey with curry sauce and noodles tastes like?

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