London has to be one of the most festive cities in the world. Sure, it might not always snow but there’s plenty of opportunities to wrap up warm and cosy up by the fire. Here’s seven of my favourite things to do in London at Christmas!
What gets you in the Christmas spirit most? Let me know in the comments below and share that festive cheer! 😉
Ice Skating at one of London’s iconic locations can be a real treat and the perfect way to start an evening with friends, or maybe someone special! My favourite places to take to the ice? Somerset House, The National History Museum and the Tower of London.
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Late Night Shopping: while you may wish to avoid the Oxford Circus chaos between 5 and 7pm, you can’t deny that Oxford Street and Regent Street have some of the best shopping in London! Fortunately for us, stores are open til 10 pm Mon-Fri, meaning there’s no excuses for not getting your Christmas shopping done in time! However, if you wish to skip the hassle of walking from store to store searching for the perfect gift, then why not go online. Stores like URBAN OUTFITTERS, TOPSHOP, SELFRIDGES and JOHN LEWIS all offer click and collect, so you can shop at your convenience! Click here for some extra gifting inspiration!
A Walk in the Park – if you wish to avoid consumerism completely this Christmas – I don’t blame you – then layer up and take to the Great Outdoors. London boasts some of the best urban parks in the world, from the manicured gardens of Regents Park to the rolling views of Hampstead Heath. A hot toddy makes the perfect companion!
Go in search of a traditional mulled wine, or better yet the ultimate Hot Chocolate! Traditionalists might like the German mulled wine at the Tate Modern Christmas Market, which offers incredible views of the festively lit Southbank and the Thames, but me? I’d rather stop at the Churchill Hyatt just off Oxford Street, which transforms its terrace into a Narnia-themed wonderland each year. With a hot chocolate menu purveyed by master chocolatiers Green & Black, it has a variety of mouth watering options available. 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH.
For those who love sugary treats, look no further than Cereal Killer Cafe on Brick Lane. With layers upon layers of whipped cream and mix-n-match toppings – think nutella, peanut butter or salted caramel and flavoured milks for the adventurous – I’m serious when I say this is the ultimate, calorie chart crashing hot chocolate in London. Worth a trip for the Instagram alone 😉 139 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB.
Columbia Road Flower Market is a great way to spend a Sunday at any time of year but for December it’s launched its Christmas Wednesdays. Over 50 local boutiques will be open until 9pm, with mulled wine, seasonal treats and Christmas Carols from local choirs. You can even pick up your Christmas tree while you’re there!
If you fancy a trip out west, why not visit the world famous Kew Gardens, which each year is transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland. You can expect festive lights, food and performances by Father Christmas and his elves. With vintage fairground rides and a mile long illuminated trail, this is a spectacular experience for everyone! #ChristmasatKew
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Showtime: there’s no better time to catch a show on London’s West End than Christmas. With a whole host of festive-themed, family favourites on stage, including A Christmas Carol, as well as evergreen productions like Matilda and A Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time there’s something for everyone. Last minute theatre tickets can be expensive but many theatres offer same day discounts if you visit the theatre the morning of the show – see websites for details.
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Now, time for some Christmas shopping…