London is one of the best places to visit over the festive season as the whole city lights up; from the beautiful twinkling lights strung up over Oxford Street, to the giant Christmas tree outside The Natural History Museum, Christmas fever is everywhere to be found. All sorts of festive fun spots pop up including special markets, ice-skating rinks, fairgrounds, and even igloos appearing around the city.
With so many activities on offer, here’s our pick of the best:
Head to Hyde Park to enjoy London’s Christmas at its best! This incredible festive celebration boasts winter markets, fairground rides, an ice-skating rink, grottos and, of course, plenty of delicious, warming food and drink stalls.
Take a ride on the giant wheel, delight in the Magical Ice Kingdom Deep Sea Adventure (think Cinderella on Ice, sing-along karaoke huts, and ice sculptures galore), or buy all your presents at the market.
Open until January 1st, the Wonderland is free to enter although you will have to pay for (and book in advance!) various activities.
Ice Skating at Somerset House
No trip to London over Christmas is complete without an ice-skating session at one of the city’s most stunning rinks. The majestic Somerset House plays host to a rink in its 18th century courtyard, providing an incredible back-ground to the fun.
Take a break to enjoy festive treats such as cheese fondue, mince pies and mulled wine on the side-lines; warm up in the Skate Lounge and watch the other skaters fly by; or do some shopping at the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Arcade.
Open until January 14th, you can keep the Christmas fun running in 2018.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
While Kew Gardens is spectacular at every season, things kick up a notch at Christmas time as all the buildings and plants are illuminated by twinkling lights. Follow the glowing trail through the gardens to discover singing trees, giant lights and projections and a Fire Garden.
There is also be food, mulled wine, shopping, and a Father Christmas for the kids.
Book your tickets in advance online.
Ice Skating at The Natural History Museum
The ice rink at The Natural History Museum is one of London’s most popular, with a massive Christmas tree in the middle of the ice and the beautiful architecture behind. Warm up after your session with a rich hot chocolate served by Hotel Chocolat.
On until the 7th of January, book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
This year’s Winterville has moved to Clapham Common, where you can find a cinema, mini-golf course, market and plenty of street food. If that doesn’t tempt you, there is also a fairground and roller disco to keep you entertained, as well as an indoor Santa’s Workshop for the kids.
Get in for free every night except Friday and Saturday.
Enjoy a stay at LUMA Concept Hotel and enjoy a week of festive fun around London.