So, on the 12th day of Christmas…No, don’t worry! I’m not about to burst into a full rendition of the Christmas carol, but I am going to reveal the best places to enjoy all the fun, frivolity and festive cheer in London.
From Christmas events, cosy pops, Christmas lights, shows and winter markets this seasonal guide with have you celebrating Christmas with style in London. There is a festive experience for everyone, whether you’re a barfly or a bah, humbug!
Day 1: The Greatest Snowman
For the Immersive Diners
Funicular Productions bring a festive twist to their third immersive dining experience. Embark on a train journey from Pedley Street Station for a Christmas adventure which unfolds on a luxury train carriage. On your 2 hour journey discover the true meaning of Christmas with all its twists and turns and feast on a four course menu created by BBC MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist 2017, Louisa Ellis.
Day 2: Ice Skating at the Tower of London
For the winter sports enthusiasts
Experience London’s most famous Tower as it gets festive. Whizz around dramatic surroundings as you skate in the dry moat of the Tower of London. It’s a unique and magical setting and in the evening becomes even more stunning. The iconic historical landmark is illuminated for some spectacular views. If you don’t fancy skating enjoy the rink-side bar serving seasonal fayre from mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies to champagne.
Day 3: Eat out this Christmas and help London’s homeless
For the foodies
During the season of goodwill when you eat out this Christmas help the homeless. Rough sleeping in the UK has nearly tripled since 2010, and last year over 300,000 people in Britain were recorded as homeless. You can help by simply heading to the nearest restaurant participating in StreetSmart. The UK homeless charity raises funds to tackle the growing crisis by asking restaurant customers to add a voluntary extra quid to their bill. Founded in London in 1998, it has raised more than 8.8 million in total. Three hundred London restaurants are involved this year from Fera at Claridges, Barrafina, Tredwells to Hoppers and many more. For a list of participating restaurants, click the link below.
Day 4: Finding Santa at The Little Angel Theatre
For the kids
Little Angel’s new interactive Christmas show uses puppetry and snowy scenes to bring the spirit of Christmas alive through Santa’s two elves. Both are on a mission to deliver the children’s letters to the North Pole in time. The show is full of funny, quirky characters and it’s the audience who help to decide how the story unfolds in a choose your own adventure type scenario. Perfect for three to eight year olds.
Day 5: Marvel at the Christmas lights
For the light fanatics
All of London’s Christmas lights are now illuminated. Let your eyes be dazzled by the twinkling installments from Covent Garden, Oxford and Regent Street, it’s a magical time of the year on the London streets.
Day 6: Winter Wonderland Ball Pit at TwoRuba
For the big kid in you
The plush cocktail bar TwoRuba located within the Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel has opened its latest pop up. Jump into the festive season with their Winter Wonderland Ball Pit! With over 23,000 balls to frolic in, fluffy pillows and disco balls, it’s such a fun way to party. Pre-booking is required and for £35 per person you can enjoy a 2 hour slot of ball pit fun including bottomless Prosecco, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Day 7: A Festive Overnight Stay at The Arch London
For the luxury lovers
Treat yourself with a stay at a luxurious London hotel. The Arch Hotel in Marble Arch is perfectly located for all your Christmas shopping. Once you’ve whizzed around the shops and ticked off your Christmas shopping list, head back for some seasonal relaxation. The hotel serves a whole host of delicious festive culinary delights from Christmas lunch and dinner menus, Christmas cocktails and magical afternoon teas. Go on – you know you deserve it!
Day 8: Indulge in a Hot Chocolate at Venchi
For those with a sweet tooth
Head to Venchi, fine Italian gourmet chocolate manufacturers since 1878. The chocolate boutique is full of sweet temptations, but when the temperature falls there is only one thing I crave – Warm delicious hot chocolate. Venchi do three flavours, traditional, Giandujotti (milk chocolate and hazelnut) and Cuba Rhum. Or yes you can have one spiked with Rum and it’s the tastiest, creamiest thing this side of Christmas! There are three stores in London, Covent Garden, Chelsea and Hampstead. Make sure you go get your chocolate fix this Christmas!
Day 9: Christmas Charles Dickens style
For the museum geeks
Step back in time into a Dickensian Christmas in the home of the author who created the modern concept of Christmas with A Christmas Carol. Each year the museum provides a charming glimpse into how Charles Dickens celebrated the festive season. Wander around the very rooms he lived and worked with a magically festive feel. This Christmas the Holborn museum will be hosting a whole host of events including special Christmas Lates featuring a candlelit bar, as well as readings of A Christmas Carol.
Day 10: Step into Christmas at Winter Wonderland
For the fun seekers
Back for its twelfth year, there is no better place to get into the Christmas spirit than Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Entry is free to the family friendly event where you can enjoy plenty of festive fun and activities, including fairground rides, a child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa’s grotto), ice skating, circus shows and a massive Christmas market.
Day 11: Go Watch a Panto!
For the theatre-goers
Is Christmas even Christmas without a panto? ‘Oh no isn’t!’ You’re completely spoilt for choice in London with Snow White at the Palladium, Aladdin at the Hackney Empire and Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith to name a few. It’s an integral part of the festive calendar, book those tickets.
Day 12: Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square
For the music lovers
In the fortnight leading up to Christmas head to Trafalgar Square to listen to festive songs and carols for free. Each evening from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 2pm to 6pm at weekends more than 40 different carol groups will sing for an hour beneath the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square raising money for voluntary of charity organisations.
Are there any Christmas treats you love experiencing in London. Let me know in the comments box below.
Wishing you all a jolly festive season – Merry Christmas!
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