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.
Things to do in London at Christmas
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!
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.
Festive afternoon tea at aqua Shard
For those with a sweeth tooth
Aqua Shard probably serves the highest afternoon tea in London. The magnificent panoramic views of London is breathtaking from the 31st floor of the Shard. This year the festive afternoon tea offers a seasonal twist on afternoon tea favourites, with sandwiches such as turkey and cranberry, black truffle and egg, fig chutney and brie and a crumpet with smoked salmon. The perfect way to enjoy yuletide.
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.
The Pixie and the pudding at The Little Angel Theatre
For the kids
It’s Christmas Eve on the farm, and the chickens, pigs and cows are fast asleep. Inside the farmhouse, the fire is roaring and a delicious, steaming pudding is left out on the windowsill…
Yes there is actually a production about a curious pixie and the pudding she likes to eat on Christmas Eve. This brand new musical brings a tale from Scandinavian folklore to life with puppetry, original music and a sprinkling of pixie magic. Perfect for kids aged 4 – 11.
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.
Christmas at Dennis Severs House
For A step back in time
The Annual Christmas Installation will return this year from the 24th of November to the 6th of January 2020 in all its festive glory! Step back in time to the house that time forgot and experience Christmas as it was in the early 18th century
Christmas film in a Ballroom
For MOVIE LOVERS
Watch Christmas films in sumptuous surroundings at the Rivoli Ballroom’s pop-up cinema. It’s one of the last remaining ballrooms in London. Doors open at 8pm and the film begins 8.30pm. There will be a food stall serving all the sweet and savoury cinema favourites as well as a bar.
Indulge in a Hot Chocolate at Venchi
For the chocolate lovers
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!
Christmas Charles Dickens style
For the museum geeks
Experience 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.
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.
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 Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Palladium, Dick Whittington at the Hackney Empire and Cinderella at the Lyric Hammersmith to name a few. It’s an integral part of the festive calendar, book those tickets.
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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