London is always beaming in Christmas; it’s one of the best places to be during the season. There’s holiday cheer everywhere and it’s also perfect sale season! Sometimes, it’s hard to pick and choose exactly what you want to do leading up to it. Have no fear; here are some of the top choices for some fun things to do this year!
The Natural History Museum
Never thought you’d be able to go ice-skating so close to dinosaurs but the Natural History Museum ice rink is already open and celebrating the festive cheer up until January. The rink is definitely a pretty spot to go skating with the gorgeous silhouette museum right behind you.
Somerset House is another popular place to go ice-skating that isn’t always too crowded. Just a stone’s throw from Waterloo Bridge, the perfect date night is practically planning itself! Ice-skating with the wonderfully lit Somerset House in the background, a walk across Waterloo Bridge then dinner by the Thames. The lights across London will definitely get you in a festive mood.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most popular skating spots in London, and there’s no secret why. Coined as the most dramatic ice rink in London, the Tower definitely paints a perfectly Instagram-worthy picture for all your soon-to-be jealous followers!
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is a must-see, no matter how long you’ve lived in London. The experience features performances, amusement rides and a giant observation wheel so there’s something for everyone. Opening on the 17th of November 2017, Winter Wonderland is a full amusement park of fun. It does have an ice rink as well, so if you’re interested in a one-stop day of fun, this is it. Tickets are available for booking already, and it’s definitely a family event.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Europe is often famous for Christmas Markets, a lovely place to buy some handmade crafts whilst sipping hot mulled wine, but London doesn’t lose out. Southbank Centre has it’s own winter market in all the festive cheer. This year, there is a lovely added experience you can enjoy at the Finnish Rooftop Sauna overlooking the Thames. Definitely the time to soak up some steam and open those pores before doing some shopping for presents!
Christmas Walk at Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is iconic in itself all year round and the picture perfect place for a walk. The spot is a little bit further outside of London, but Christmas at Kew Gardens is the place to be if you’re a nature-lover. Festive lights twinkle all around creating a little trail to walk through, almost as if you’re exploring something out of a fantasy movie.
Igloos at Coppa Club
A popular treat last year, Coppa Club has brought back their igloos right on their rooftop terrace overlooking Tower Bridge. The best seats in the house come together with dinner and a glass of wine overlooking the stunning London skyline. Each igloo is also decked out with throws to keep you warm whilst you party with your friends through the night!
The Backyard Cinema is a cinema that changes with the seasons. Summertime included summer in Miami where they brought the beach to you, sand and all. The Snow Kingdom in Borough this season features a snow cave and frozen lake before you snuggle in for your movie with some blankets, a beer and a couple of bean bags. Sweet treats and popcorn are also available! A special Christmas themed location has also been added in Clapham Common for a Winter Night Garden. The cinema is set inside a huge Christmas festival where you can watch all your Christmas favourites with your loved ones!
Pergola Paddington Central
Pergola in Paddington Central is the largest dining and drinking experience in West London and it is back this season. Styled almost like a beer garden, the experience features food from many of the best independent eateries across London and giant day beds. Blankets and some mood lighting help create a snug experience with flowing food and drinks for the perfect Christmas party with friends. Booking a table is all it takes; and don’t worry about the weather, there’s a clear roof to enjoy the night sky!
London is also has an ever-changing food scene so most restaurants have Christmas specials already ready to be booked for December. Everyone has a great deal for Christmas parties, three course meals with wine for dates and even something for a whole family to enjoy. Christmas in London definitely builds up excitement with festivities being celebrated all across the city!