Things to do in London this Christmas time

Christmas always brings a lot of joy, peace, and excitement in people’s life. And, if you’re fortunate enough to get an opportunity to celebrate this Christmas festival in London, then why not explore the spectacular Christmas markets? From ice skating to splendid Christmas lights, perhaps London is one amongst the best Christmas wonderlands in the globe. Want to make this Christmas festive the most memorable one? Here is a list of some thrilling activities that are worth giving a try this Christmas.

christmas tree claridge's 2018 diane von Furstenberg

Appreciate the glittering Christmas tree

It isn’t surprising to say that the Christmas decoration in London is extremely interesting especially when it comes to the décor of a Christmas tree. You can pay a visit to Trafalgar Square to check out the giant Christmas tree festooned with lights (Christmas carols are being sung every evening too) or the beautifully adorned one in Covent Garden. Luxurious hotels surpass themselves too with Claridge’s always being a favourite: the most famous designers (think Burberry, Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld…) have worked with this stunning address to bring a twist to the festive period. This year’s creation is by Diane von Furstenberg.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason © David Jensen

Go for Ice skating

There isn’t a better way to spend some quality time in London during the winters than tying up your skates and arriving at the Somerset House’s Open Air rink. Whiz around the patio while looking at the amazing Christmas tree decked out with glittering lights… or join one of their special evenings with DJs adding to the atmosphere! What’s more? Some popular music guests are invited to the rinks for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. A real dream! Want more fun still? Try bumper cars on ice in Elephant and Castle.

spirit of Christmas angels on Regent Street (Christmas lights)

Enjoy the sparkling lights while doing your Christmas shopping

Start at Fortnum and Mason (stunning tea and biscuit boxes, let alone marmalades and honey) then cross over to Burlington Arcade and Old Bond Street: the luxury shops are decorated beautifully and will give you a taste of Victorian times. From there, glimpse at the giant peacock feathers on New Bond Street before turning towards Regent Street. See the giant angels over your head? They are the exact replica of the very first one to be presented to the public, back in 1954. Take the time to have a look at Liberty’s windows, always stunning, then enjoy the neons on Carnaby Street’s incredible neon signs (Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics this year). It’s only a short stroll to Seven Dials (beautifully illuminated too) and Covent Garden. The giant Reindeer, vintage car topped with gifts, tunnel of light, swings decorated with baubles will offer many opportunities for selfies and the giant mistletoes the perfect excuse for a romantic kiss.


Enjoy a festive afternoon tea

Who could resist Sants macarons, Christmas tree meringues… with their scones? The one above is served at Nobu but oh, you will be spoiled for choice. The Ritz Palm Court Restaurant is transformed into an Edwardian wonderland, with tea served while choirs sing seasonal carols. The Savoy’s has an exquisite selection of pastries such as a Christmas Bauble of salted caramel cremeux with tatin apples… Is your mouth watering yet?

christmas at kew gardens

See the parks at night

Put your gloves and scarf on… Chiswick House has illuminated its park to create a magical trail, Southwark Park has recreated the full magic of Alice in Wonderland with giant lampions but the star of the show really is Kew Gardens: fire sculptures, floating lanterns, a tunnel filled with a thousand lights. If you don’t mind the crowds, you will equally love Hyde Park’s giant funfair, Winter Wonderland.

London simply is sparkling with creativity at this time of the year. You might even encounter Santa marathons, each participant running in a read costume and beard, raising money for a good cause as they do so. Or transparent igloos along the Thames, in which to snuggle up and raise a glass with good friends. Go on, it’s the perfect place to stock up on cool gifts from online scratch cards for luck to stunning satchels, enchanting British fragrances or the best gins around.


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