London is a stunning city at anytime of the year but at Christmas time it really is a wonderful place to be. From ice-skating and festive markets to Hogwarts in the snow and Christmas theatre spectaculars there really is something for everyone to see and to get you in the festive mood.
During the winter months, London has a variety of temporary ice rinks that pop-up in all sorts of iconic places. From historical surroundings to contemporary modern locations there’s plenty for you to choose from. The Natural History Museum is perhaps the most famous, with twinkling lights and a huge Christmas tree set in the middle for you to skate around. You can also enjoy a hot chocolate and listen to music from various emerging UK bands. Follow the link for more details about opening times and prices: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
If you fancy a skate with a view, head to the rooftop ice skating rink called Skylight in Tobacco Dock. This rooftop bar has wonderful sweeping views of London’s skyline and is the only rooftop skate rink in Europe. Once you’ve finished skating you can enjoy après skating drinks in a cosy igloo, along with street food and warming drinks.
A Christmas Show
The festive season is of course the Panto season! Oh no it isn’t…. Oh yes it is! But there are also a number of Christmas theatre shows, ballets and musical shows for you to choose from. If you fancy a panto head to the London Palladium where you can see Snow White, starring Dawn French and Paul Zerdin. The Royal Albert Hall is hosting the Christmas Festival where a diverse collection of music will be enjoyed from festive films such as Home Alone and The Snowman to music from The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah. For a Family Christmas Show there lots to choose
from, including The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre and Aladdin on Ice at the Alexandra Palace.
Winter Wonderland once again returns to Hyde Park with its many market stalls of traditional handmade gifts. It’s free to enter and has plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Amongst the attractions, you can book a place on an Ice Sculpting workshop, view London’s skyline from the top of the Giant Observation Wheel and take a ride on one of the nine different rollercoaster rides! Visit their website for further information – https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/
If you head to the river and Tower Bridge, London Bridge City plays host to Christmas By The River. The backdrop of London Bridge certainly sets the scene for this lovely market which is full of mouth-watering food, original presents and handmade crafts.
If you’re planning a dining experience during your stay in London there are plenty of restaurants you can choose from with and without a Christmas menu! Adam Handling’s flagship restaurant Frog in Covent Garden combines technical savvy cooking with fresh seasonal produce to deliver an exceptional dining experience. Their Christmas menu includes the traditional Christmas menu as well as other choices such as lamb wellington and cranberry, melilot and miso. If you fancy an evening of entertainment whilst you eat, head to the Boisdale restaurant in Canary Wharf. A menu of salmon, oysters, haggis, squid and that’s just for starters, will soon have you reenergised for more Christmas shopping and winter fun.