London at Christmas
I live in London and London at Christmas is when the city is at its most glorious. Sure, it rains a lot and it is cold, but there is always so much to do! From eating out to seeing the lights switched on, to simply shopping.
If you love a Christmas market then London has some of the best. You’ve got the classic Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – which is part market, part theme park over Christmas – to the popular Southbank Christmas market. There’s also the festivities in Leicester Square and if you want to travel further afield you can always pop into Kingston for their street markets.
Nearly every restaurant in London offers some kind of Christmas menu or experience. My personal favourite is the Igloo experience at London Bridge at Coppa Club. These get booked up so quickly, so jump if you see a space! Treat yourself to something a little fancy at Drake & Morgan or pop into one of Gordon Ramsey’s many restaurants for some haute cuisine.
From Westfields in Stratford to overly-popular Oxford Street. Not to mention the posh Harrods, Fortnum & Masons and Selfridges, there are plenty of places to shop in London. My personal favourite is Harrods. There is something so other-worldly about it and how expensive it all is. Just going at Christmas is an experience in itself – mostly because you’ll likely get stuck in the foo court because of the amount of people! Not the end of the world – the food is out of this world.
Theatre and Concerts
With the London West End you are spoilt for choice when it comes to theatre and concerts in the city. But I would recommend looking for the unique experiences, like watching Love, Actually with a live orchestra at the Eventim, Apollo or seeing a show at The Royal Albert Hall. There’s always so much on over Christmas. It really is the best time to book.
There are so many extra things you can do over the Christmas period in London. From attending a Dickensian Christmas evening, to ice skating at Somerset House. You can see Father Christmas – pretty much anywhere, he gets around! – or go and look at the lights on Regent Street. Sing some Christmas carols with plenty of Christmas Carollers, have mulled wine at Borough Market. Go to the Warner Bros Studios to see Harry Potter in the Snow, and so much more!