10 Best things to do this Christmas in London
10 Things to do at Christmas in London
Londoners celebrated each and every minute of winter holidays. As winter holidays come up with two big festivals Christmas and New year eve. In this blog, we come up with 10 best things you’ve to see and do in London.
London’s loveliest Christmas lights
London’s Christmas light switch-on begins in November. It usually begins with the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on on in early November. A great way to really get into the Christmas spirit without spending a lot of money is simply by walking down the many colourful bright streets. During the holiday season, nearly every street and building in London is covered in lights and decoration and that’s the loveliest part of winter in Europe.
- Oxford Street, the most famous and brightly decorated.
- Regent’s Street is a spectacular array of lights and colour that is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!
- Trafalgar Square boasts one of the most impressive Christmas trees you will find in the city.
Ice places to skate in London
Snow, Ice and Christmas often go together, although there is no snow or ice in the Christmas story told in the Bible. The reason for the connection between snow and Christmas is probably because of Victorians. The traditional Christmas celebrated in Europe is started in 1550, when the whole of Europe was in a mini ice age. During this time, in London, a winter fair was often held on the frozen River Thames.
If you are in London, there are many places for ice skating and it is the best part of Christmas in London. From rooftop skating to pretty ice rinks, this capital has so much to do and see in London. You can find the beautiful ice skating spots in Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, Somerset House and Hampton Court Palace from October right through until February. Winter pop-up is above Pennington Street’s car park, with real-ice rooftop rink, ice hockey and cosy igloos to keep you entertained after hours.
The cosiest pop-ups in the city
London is known for its seasonal pop-ups and winter is just cosier. If you are visiting this city in winter, the experience is the most unforgettable. You can find the cosiest pop-ups in many places with hot chocolate, steaming wines and ciders and twinkling lights. Here is a list of top cosiest places to spend your late night and have an awesome dinner.
- Coppa Club
- Winterland London
- Rekorderlig Cider Lodge
- Pergola Paddington Winter
- Winter at Lost In Brixton
- Queen of Hoxton Emerald City Winter Rooftop
Christmas parties in London
Enjoy Christmas holidays as much as possible. Christmas themed parties and night clubs are packed in December. Whether you want an evening of winter LOLs, a night of 80s classics, or want to totally avoid the Xmas anthems with London’s finest house and disco DJs, you will find everything you could possibly want for Christmas.
Winter Wonderland 2019
For the ultimate Christmas fun in London, visit Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, the biggest pop-up ice-skating rink in the UK. Enjoy the ice bar, circus shows, Christmas markets and fairground rides with all of the family from 22nd November – 5th January 2020. Winter Wonderland opens in Hyde Park (November 2019-January 2020) featuring a huge funfair, ice rink, games, Christmas market and seasonal food and drink. We spoke to some visitors to find out what the attraction is. Winter Wonderland market is the biggest Christmas market in London.
Christmas shows and films
When it is dark and cold, it’s best to stay indoors and immerse yourself in a traditional British theatre experience by attending a pantomime, ballet or enjoy some of your favourite Christmas carols. Visit the link below for details of Christmas shows and films:
Exciting Shopping and sales
Christmas Markets are favourite in London. Most of the pop-up markets around the city, wander between cosy log cabins as you enjoy mulled wine, delicious food and festive performances. You can purchase artisanal gifts, stocking fillers and spread some festive cheer with friends and family at one of London’s Christmas markets.
Christmas light bus tour
See the magic of the city on a London Christmas lights bus tour. Watch the famous lights that decorate the iconic streets of London onboard, The Original Tour’s double-decker buses. Enjoy this Christmas in London on Christmas Lights bus tour with The Original Tour. The 45-minute festive bus tour departs from Leicester Square from 15th November – 29th December. Spot your eyes on the sparkling Christmas lights from above as the bus pass from the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street Christmas lights and the world-famous Regent Street.
Christmas at Kew gardens
Christmas At Kew is a twinkly light trail, winding through Kew Gardens after dark. As well as the lights, which are always stunning, there are food stalls and Victorian funfair rides. You need to book in advance tickets for Christmas at Kew 2019 go on sale in June 2019.
Food and drinks in London
Eat and drink in one of London’s pop-up winter igloos. They’re appearing on rooftops and by the river, including everyone’s favourites, the Coppa Club igloos right next to the Thames. Whether you’re ice skating or Christmas shopping, warm up with one of London’s best hot chocolates or enjoy the luxury of one of the capital’s most decadent hot chocolates. Take the party outside with London’s best winter drinking pop-ups and cosy bars, plenty of heaters, blankets and warm cocktails will keep you toasty.