Architecture Editor, Wallpaper*
By now, the cold is really biting, which can only mean one thing Ė the festive season is well and truly upon us.
While presents are being bought, Christmas cards are being sent and holiday plans are being booked, there is one cultural stop that should be in every diary this month. The Tate Britain has reopened its Millbank entrance showing off a beautiful redesign, courtesy of London architects Adam Caruso and Peter St John. New galleries, previously unseen rooms and membersí areas are part of the elegantly designed package. In the unlikely event that the architecture and the art are not a big enough draws for you, the revamped Whistler restaurant and the new cafť on the ground level are ready to offer a culinary alternative.
Shopping is surely on everybodyís mind this month and the Shoreditch Christmas Triangle is back, including some of the areaís finest, such as SCP and Ally Capellino. Twenty eight shops, designers and galleries around the East End will remain open till late every Thursday on the run up to Christmas.
Also combining architecture, design and the glamorous world of fashion, the Architecture Foundationís John Edwards Lecture has a special treat in store for us this year. I cannot wait to listen to the conversation between Peter Marino and Marc Jacobs at the Tate Modern on the 5th.
In preparation for the new beginnings that 2014 will undoubtedly bring, I would urge you to grab the last chance to visit two of Londonís major current exhibitions. Tomorrow: Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A will only be there until the 2nd Jan, while the Barbicanís Pop Art Design will remain open for a little while longer, but still is the perfect destination for your monthly design hit. Extending the cultural spree to architecture, Arup Associates offers one more reason to celebrate; Arup Associates 50: Projects 1963-2013 at their London HQ marks the firmís 50th anniversary.
The inaugural Architectsí Ball on the 7th is a newcomer to this seasonís festivities but promises a timely platform to eat, meet and dance the night away while supporting your favourite charity (participations include the Museum of Architecture, the Maggie's Centres, Coram and Shelter).