With temperatures teetering around freezing and pubs ladling out the mulled wine Christmas is a fantastic time to be in London. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and London rolls out the festive cheer with snow-covered paradises, ice skating and the sound of Hark the Herald resounding through the streets of the West End. There are cultural events, fun for the family and foodie delights to be discovered, so here’s our guide to Christmas things to do in London.
What to See
Over the festive period Hyde Park gets taken over by the largest celebration of Christmas in London. There’s a German market, funfair with large observation wheel, ice rink, circus shows, a magical ice kingdom of ice sculptures and Santa Land where children can meet the jolly old guy. Although this is definitely one for all the family, there’s a Nordic bar and plenty of food stalls for those who want to drink in some Christmas spirit on steroids.
For more information visit hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
There are so many great ice rinks around London, but the Somerset house is the perfect spot for grown-ups. At night the rink hosts DJs and packages including dinner at Tom’s Kitchen, champagne and chocolate or an overnight stay at The Savoy. On Tuesday the Christmas cheer gets ramped up to 11 with well-loved Xmas tunes and a yuletide artisan market.
For more information visit somersethouse.org.uk
The Southbank has a whole host of cultural offerings to spice up your festive period this year. From theatre spectacle Slavka’s Snowball, The Snowman and Little Red Riding Hood with Samuel West to Voicelab’s Winter Big Sing, there’s plenty to keep little and big ones entertained throughout December.
For more information visit southbankcentre.co.uk
Stock up on glorious Christmas food at the first ever Riverford organic Christmas fair in Camden. The company’s suppliers will be on hand to peddle their Christmas ranges. Riverford founder Guy Watson and recipe creator Kirsty Hale will conduct Christmas-centric cookery demonstrations to put some sparkle into your Christmas feast.
For more information visit riverford.co.uk
For over 60 years the people of Norway have provided London with a Christmas tree as a symbol of gratitude for London’s assistance in World War 2. On the 5 December the annual tree lighting ceremony will see the huge spruce illuminated with hundreds of white lights. The event will feature the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Mayor of Oslo to the sound of the St Martin In The Fields choir and Salvation Army. The tree then becomes a centre for carol concerts up to Christmas Day.
For more information visit visitlondon.com