Heading to London for a winter break brings thousands of possibilities with it. Whether you have plans to pound the streets looking for that exclusive Christmas gift or simply want to kick back and relax in one of the many warm winter pops, London is jam-packed with fun events and activities this winter. Below are the top ten ways of having fun this Winter in London.
Explore Winter Wonderland
The height of Christmas excitement and festive cheers takes over Hyde Park with the arrival of Winter Wonderland. Fun fairs, ice rinks, visits to Santa’s Grotto and miles of markets combine in a real celebration of all things festive.
See Hogwarts in the Snow
Combining the magic of Christmas with the magic of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, the fun of the festive seasons bursts into enchanting life at Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Christmas trees line the halls of Hogwarts and a sumptuous replica feast is laid out to admire. Recognisable artefacts from the Harry Potter films including Harry’s Invisibility Cloaks and the infamous Weasley jumpers can be seen as you enjoy the tour.
Christmas at Kew
The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew provide a wonderful backdrop for an enchanting Christmas experience. The gardens are transformed into glittering winter wonderland and an illuminated path leads you round the gardens. Experience a choir of Christmas trees, be dazzled by giant crystals and crystal flowers and pass through the mesmerising tunnel of dancing lights. Christmas tunes pour from the karaoke jukebox and a spectacular light, music and water display ends your night with a bang outside the Palm House.
Enjoy the Wintry Weather in a London Park
With so many huge green spaces to enjoy a brisk wintry walk is a wonderful way to enjoy the greener side of the city. Free, relaxing and refreshing in the cool winter air you could choose to enjoy beautiful views of the London skyline out at Primrose Hill or spot herds of deer at Richmond Park. Hyde Park may be home to the Winter Wonderland but there are still plenty of opportunities for a quiet walk and easy access to some of the city’s most popular galleries and museums.
Explore the Southbank Centre Christmas Markets
The South Bank of the River Thames comes alive with festive charm as the Christmas markets arrive. Dozens of traditional wooden chalets are packed with fantastic festive treats and of course a cup of mulled wine or two. Santa pays the markets a visit or two as well so younger family members can experience the joy of Christmas too.
Warm up in a Traditional London Pub
After a few hours shopping or simply because you want to enjoy the traditional warmth and festive cheer of a London pub at Christmas, there are plenty of different options to choose from. Try a local ale, cider or festive mulled wine in many traditional pubs around the city. Some of the top pubs to visit include The Mayflower, Princess Louise, 06 Chad’s Place and you’ll surely discover many more as you explore the city.
Join the Annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long
Every year the Royal Albert Hall puts on a festive sing-a-long extravaganza. All the most popular carols are sung by the whole audience and this year’s performances begin on 15th December. Nothing gets the festive cheer going like a sing-a-long of all the classics and at the Royal Albert Hall you are accompanied by the London Concert Chorus and the London Concert Orchestra.
One of the most popular and exciting of all winter events across London, outdoor ice skating takes place at a wide and wonderful range of venues around the city. Iconic landmarks are involved and you can enjoy the fun and thrills of getting on the ice. The most popular rinks include the historic Tower of London, ever-popular Somerset House, The Natural History Museum with its iconic background and the very regal Hampton Court.
Winter Film Club
The popular Rooftop Film Club at Peckham’s Electric Theatre becomes the Winter Film Club showing off a selection of seasonal favourites throughout December. The atmospheric surrounds of the Electric Theatre are the perfect setting for enjoying real Christmas classics from Home Alone to Elf and Die Hard to Miracle on 34th Street. A licensed bar ensures you can enjoy a festive tipple or two as you enjoy the films and freshly cracked popcorn is also on sale.
London Christmas Shopping
A visit to London is not complete without at least a little retail therapy. Regent Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby and the many other shopping areas are lit up with festive lights and all the department stores have decked out their windows in extravagant style. London offers flagship high street stores alongside world class independents and seasonal pop-ups alongside quirky boutiques. There is something for every kind of shopper and a diverse range of options for Christmas gift buying.