London is an amazing place to visit, especially during the Christmas period. The city is full of festive cheer, there are beautiful decorations everywhere and there’s so much to do. If you’re looking for things to enjoy in London over the festive period, you’re in luck. I have shared 5 things to do in London this Christmas below.
If you get the opportunity to visit during the Christmas period staying overnight in a hotel is definitely a good idea. I would love to stay for a night or two and spend a couple of days enjoying the sights and sounds of the capital in full festive swing. I have already looked into hotels and am thinking about booking with the Rosewood London. It offers a bit of luxury and it would be fantastic to have a girly weekend away, enjoying everything London has to offer at such a magical time of year.
- Visit Winter Wonderland
I have heard a lot of good things about this festive attraction and this year I’m determined to visit. There’s so much to do at Winter Wonderland. There’s Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Circus, The Giant Wheel and Bar Ice to name a few! Winter Wonderland is located in Hyde Park which makes it easily accessible. The attraction runs from the 21st of November 2015 through to the 3rd of January 2016. This means there’s plenty of opportunity to visit.
- Go ice skating outdoors
Ice skating is a fun Winter activity that all ages can enjoy. If you visit the capital this Winter you will have a great choice of ice skating venues as they pop up all over London. Some of the most popular destinations are, the Natural History Museum, the London Eye and the Tower of London. If those venues don’t take your fancy there are many more pop-up ice rinks dotted throughout London over the Christmas period.
- Explore Kew Gardens
For the third year Kew Gardens are creating a beautiful Winter trail. The trail for 2015 focuses on the Christmas tree and the significance Kew Gardens played in the Christmas tree tradition that we still observe today. When you visit the Winter Trail you can walk under beautifully decorated tree canopies that are all the colours of Christmas, you can take in all the sights and sounds this beautiful places has to offer. Children can enjoy traditional Christmas rides, including a Victorian carousel, helter skelter and of course a visit wouldn’t be complete without stopping by to see Santa and his elves. There are also lots of tasty festive food and drink available. You can visit Kew Gardens between the 25th of November 2015 to the 2nd of January 2016.
- Enjoy a trip to the West End
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the theatre. London has so many beautiful theatres around the city and they play host to an amazing range of shows. One of the shows currently running is Elf the musical. It’s showing at the Domino Theatre, and I would love to go. It has rave reviews, a star studded cast and sounds like a fantastic show.
- Hit the shops & Christmas markets
London is a great place to go shopping. There are big department stores to explore, independent shops and also a lot of small boutiques. I’m looking forward to going shoe shopping for Winter boots when I visit the capital this year. I have already found a pair I absolutely love from Crockett & Jones. If you get the chance head over to Hamleys and you can enjoy their fantastic window display, it’s always amazing and gets better every year. As for Christmas markets, the festive months wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a market. I love browsing the hand-made items that are on offer and trying the delicious festive food.
What is your favourite thing to do in London at Christmas?