Winter is here it at last, and with it comes the most magical time of the year in London’s calendar!
In true good form there is a seemingly endless list of great things to do in London this winter, but after hours of research I’ve finally narrowed it down to 10 of the best!
So with no further ado, here is my list of 10 Unmissable Things To Do In London This Winter!
1. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
I’ve visited Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for the last two years running and I’ve loved it every time! With a lively fusion of fairground rides, traditional stalls, an endless array of food and plenty of cosy pop-up bars, it’s very hard not to have a great time.
2016 will also see the return of Zippo’s Circus, The Magical Ice Kingdom and The Ice Bar – the latter of which I’ve yet to visit but really should at some point! Tickets for these attractions are limited and do sell out quickly however, so get them quick to avoid disappointment.
2. Christmas in Covent Garden
The shopping streets of London are stunning at Christmas and Covent Garden is up there with the prettiest! Decorated with 45 mistletoe chandeliers 2016’s theme is ‘Meet me Under the Mistletoe’, and if Instagram is anything to go by it’s utterly beautiful.
And if this isn’t enough you will also find a giant Christmas tree, Santa’s Grotto and even a real-life reindeer – but you’ll have to find him first! There’s also the daily opportunity to win £200 in gift cards and the Christmas Cart is back with mulled wine, mine-pies and other festive snacks to warm you up on those chilly winter days.
3. Ice Skating at Somerset House
London’s self proclaimed ‘most beautiful ice rink’ is back in business for the winter and really does have something for everyone. Offering everything from skating lessons for the kids and star-studded club nights for the grown ups, there’s plenty to get excited about!
The West Wing of Somerset House will also once again be hosting the Fortnum’s pop-up arcade – a superb place for pick up quality gifts for your loved ones! So if you’re looking for places to skate in London this winter, don’t miss the most classy skating affair to be had in London this year!
4. Christmas at Hogwarts
Yes, you read that correctly: Christmas is coming to Hogwarts! Well, not actual Hogwarts but rather the Making of Harry Potter Studios, which is definitely the next best thing!
Dazzling christmas trees, festive garlands and other delights decorate the great hall, while Hogwarts Castle is dusted with fake snow and even the Gryffindor common room gets in on the fun!
And if all that isn’t enough there’s even the opportunity to enjoy Christmas dinner in the great hall for real! This magical three-course meal will set you back a stonking £240 pounds, but I’m sure for those who can afford it this must be a truly unforgettable experience! And one this blogger is deeply envious of.
5. Christmas at Harrods
Tis’ the season for shopping, and there’s no more an iconic shopping destination in London than Harrods!
The true home of luxury at Christmas, Harrods may a be a bit out of most people’s price range (it certainly is for me), but it’s still a fantastic place for a bit of casual browsing during the festive period!
Harrods will also once again be hosting its annual Santa’s Grotto, granting lucky children the opportunity to meet Santa and even receive an early Christmas present courtesy of the great man himself!
6. Christmas at Kew
The night-time illuminations are back at Kew Gardens for their fourth year, and I for one am desperate to see them!
Featuring everything from glittering Christmas trees to scented gardens, giant candles and pond-side light-shows this year looks set to be a breathtaking, multi-sensory experience that truly can’t be missed!
In addition to the illuminations themselves the trail also features a Santa’s grotto – which can be found at the ‘North Pole Village’ – as well as a hearty assortment of cafes and gift shops for presents and hot treats!
7. Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum
Another very impressive ice rink to pop up over the Christmas period, the Natural History Museum and adjoined Hintze Hall provides a striking backdrop to your skating!
And if you feel like taking a break, the rink also offers a very cosy and atmospheric bar, whose balconey provides a superb birds-eye view of the skaters below.
And on an added note, this rink is of course right next to the Natural History Museum; in my opinion the best museum in London, and entry to which is completely free! So if dropping by for the skating, it’s also well worth checking out the museum itself. I’d highly, highly recommend it!
8. Oxford & Regent Street Christmas Lights
No one does Christmas lights quite like London’s two biggest shopping streets, and in 2016 they are as magnificent as ever!
On Oxford Street, last year’s planetary display is replaced with a more minimalistic snowball theme – a fundraising partnership with the NSPCC – while Regent Street’s serves as a nostalgic throwback its first ever Christmas lights in 1954!
Checking out these gorgeous lights is an unmissable Christmas activity in London, and better yet one that won’t cost you a penny! As long as you don’t get side-tracked by the fabulous stores anyway…
9. Southbank Centre Christmas Market
London’s most popular Christmas market is back again and is positively bursting with delights!
Here you can not only lose yourself in a traditional Christmas market full of crafts, gifts and food, but also relax at the Rekorderlig pop-up bar, get a retro kick at the Bumper Roller disco or experience the thrills of the NoFit State Circus: Bianco!
And as part of the Southbank Christmas Festival 2016, the Royal Festival hall is even holding a West-End style show for theatre fans out there, providing a highly enjoyable alternative to the traditional panto! What more could you possibly ask for?
And last but not least:
10. London New Years Fireworks 2016
There’s no more dramatic and colourful way to finish of the year than watching London’s world famous New Years firework display!
Held at the iconic Coca Cola London Eye, tickets to this incredibly popular display do unfortunately need to be purchased beforehand. But even if you’re not lucky enough to be there in person there’s no problem – the display is televised live, so you can still watch the celebrations from the comfort of your own home!
What are you getting up to in London this winter? Do let me know in the comments!
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