It’s the most wonderful time of the year and celebrating the festive season and especially the run up to Christmas in London is without doubt one of the greatest cities in the world to do so. Everything from ice skating, Christmas festivals, mulled wine, the finest shop window displays and of course all of the pretty lights, London knows how to do Christmas and it knows how to do it well.
- Ice Skating
There are several places to ice skate around London. Skate at Somerset House is one of the prettiest as the backdrop of Somerset House is just stunning, they have club nights on the weekend and the rink is big enough to enjoy even on a busy night. The ice skating rink at the Natural History Museum has one of the most magnificent settings in London with the museum all lit up behind you it is enchanting.
2. Christmas markets
Winter wonderland is the ultimate Christmas market in London. There are various shops, bars, rides and plenty of places to eat. The highlight of Winter Wonderland is the impressive Bavarian Beer tent where bands play, steins are poured and Christmas spirit is in full swing. The South Bank Christmas markets are also an absolute treat to stroll through, grab a mulled wine and walk along the famous South Bank taking in all the smells, sights and Christmas knick knacks.
3. Mulled wine
One of the greatest things about Christmas in London is all of the mulled wine, you can buy your own ‘make mulled wine’ kits from supermarkets, grab a glass at your local pub or buy from a vendor at the Christmas markets. During December it is everywhere and it is a tasty way warm your body.
4. Christmas lights
Something London doesn’t scrimp on is Christmas lights, every major attraction, shopping street and trees are lit up with magical displays during the festive season. Oxford Street’s famous glittery baubles shine down on the thousands of shoppers. The department stores try and out do each other with their Christmas light displays – Selfridges, House of Fraser and John Lewis are the best along with their display windows. Bond Street, Regent Street and Covent Garden are other streets in London that offer spectacular Christmas lights.
5. Christmas trees
Christmas isn’t complete with a Christmas tree and London being a great Christmas destination it is only fitting that it has some of the biggest and best trees. At St Pancras station this year they have a huge Disney themed tree complete with Mickey at the very top overlooking this iconic station. Whilst ice skating at Somerset House towering over the rink is the famous Fortnum and Mason tree decorated with little F&M baskets.
So there are the top things to do in London during the Christmas period. Be sure to shop, see the lights, drink the mulled wine and enjoy that brisk cold weather against your cheeks as it is over before you know it and the January blues kick in.
What is your favourite activity during Christmas in London?
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