Anyone talking about a Christmas pre-tox clearly hasn’t heard about the free chocolate festival taking place at Southbank Centre starting today (Dec 7-9). With a programme that would make Willy Wonka jealous, chocolate fans can sample mouthwatering wares from renowned chocolatiers such as William Curley and Damian Allsop. If stuffing dangerous amounts of chocolate into your mouth isn’t enough, you’ll be able to learn about the delicate art of chocolate making at a number of workshops, as well picking up tips on how to incorporate chocolate into your Christmas dishes. There’ll be the obligatory hot chocolate, chocolate cocktails, a chocolate fountain, chocolate savoury food and even chocolate sculptures. Jonno Hopkins
For info, see Chocolate Festival listing.