20 Things to do in London at Christmas time:
- Christmas time in London. See the Christmas lights all around the city
- Go Ice Skating – Ice rinks pop up all over London
- Visit the Christmas Market in Hyde Park
- Go Christmas Shopping in Knightsbridge, visit Harrods and see Father Christmas, buy a ticket online in advance
- Buy hot Chesnuts on Oxford Street
- Drink Champagne in Claridges and see their famous Christmas tree.
- Take the Warner Studio tour
- Book to see a traditional British Pantomime at one of the London Theatres. Goldilocks and the 3 Bears at The London Palladium
- Fireworks on The Thames New Years Eve
- Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Ice skating, A Fun Fair and Christmas market.
- Sing Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square, Carol concerts in many of the city Churches and Cathedrals.
- Eat at Igloo pop up Coppa Club by the Thames
- Christmas themed afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason, buy a Christmas pud too.
- Christmas themed dinner on the Thames
- Watch a Ballet at The Royal Opera House, The Nutcracker this year
- Visit the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square, Christmas Carols sung round the tree every weekday evening and afternoon
- Make sure you try some English delicacies. Hot Mince Pies (sweet treats made from raisins in pastry), hot chesnuts, mulled wine, Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding, Turkey with ‘Pigs in Blankets, Roast Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts are classic things to eat at this time of year. Not forgetting Christmas Crackers!
- Visit some London Bars and try festive themed Cocktails. Try the pop up Winter Carnival at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London, W1. Sky Garden Rooftop bar in the Docklands. Selfridges Rooftop Christmas theme Bar.
- Classic English luxury Bars at The Savoy, The Ritz and Claridges are always worth a visit and gorgeous at Christmas time.
- Champagne trip on the London Eye, book in advance online, perfect view point to see London Christmas lights.
One of the best times of the year in London is pre Christmas! AND, we start celebrating early with the Christmas lights switch on in Regent Street on 14 November. London is a glorious riot of Christmas lights after this date and the Ice Skating Rinks pop up too. Ice Skating in London is totally magical, but make sure to book in advance because it is super popular. Here are some details:
- Natural History Museum Ice Skating – Open from October 19
- Somerset House – Another spectacular backdrop for Ice Skating and enjoying some mulled wine. Adult tickets cost £11 and can be bought online. There is a DJ and music in the evening and a’skate all night’ on 7 December. At the Somerset House rink there is also a Fortnum and Masons Shopping Arcade and restaurant. Get on down there!
- Tower of London Ice Rink, Imagine the great photos of you skating with the Tower as a backdrop! A family ticket costs £50
- Winter Wonderland Ice Skating in Hyde Park. Enjoy the Christmas Fair and funfair at the same time.
Plenty more Ice Rinks, but these are my favourites. The Christmas lights decorating the streets are a London tradition every year and give a festive air. Pre Christmas for the whole of December in London is very jolly. Lights twinkle, Christmas trees glow and every shop, bar and restaurant has a festive theme.
One of our favourite traditions is to have a night out with friends, seeing the Christmas lights in Regent Street, Oxford Street, the tree in Trafalgar Square. Enjoy buying some Christmas treats then have Champagne in Claridges Bar. Every year Claridges Hotel chooses a different designer to decorate their tree.
Another favourite is to visit some of the Christmas markets and enjoy mulled wine. Markets pop up everywhere, but Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and the Christmas market is worth a visit. We like Hush bar too, they always make an effort with a festive theme.
For some shopping you cannot beat Selfridges on Oxford Street, they have absolutely everything! Harrods in Knightsbridge and also the small shops in the Kings Road are favourites too.
Where to eat and drink at Christmas? We love afternoon tea at Fortnum and Masons on the 4 floor. To enjoy spectacular views of London try the Shangri La hotel bars in The Shard, book in advance. Cross London Bridge and you will see Coppa Club pop up igloos.
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The most fun and exciting city in the world pre Christmas! However, do not be surprised when everyone disappears on Christmas Day! I have frinds who have visited from the U.S and wanted to know why London was completely deserted on Christmas day! Everyone leaves town to go on holiday, skiing or winter sun or spend a very special day with their friends and families at home eating a traditional Christmas lunch!