London’s Christmas and winter-themed destinations are well worth braving the brisk chilly temperatures. There's nothing more festive than London at Christmas time, and we hope our top five ways to get out and explore gets you in the festive spirit!
It seems every available open land space turns into an ice skating rink in London between November and December. Open to the public, ability levels will vary widely so whether you fancy yourself the next Olympic gold winner or are just happy staying upright, the capital's outdoor ice rinks are some of the most magical locations you'll see all season. Nothing sets the backdrop of Christmas more than extra lights, trees and decorations popping up in and around all of London’s noteworthy sites.
Our London location recommendation is Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and is most famous for being home to King Henry VIII and his many wives. A magical place of history and stunning architectural beauty, a truly authentic way to spend a winter’s evening.
Christmas markets and fairs
Modelled after their German counterparts, markets and fairs are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with friends. With a barrage of tasty treats, hot beverages, upbeat live music and of course loads of shopping, you can’t go wrong really.
Our London location recommendation is Southbank Centre’s Winter Market. Clustered along the riverbank overlooking the London Eye, wooden chalets are filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats.
London is pretty touristy as it is, but Christmas time takes it to the next level. With more lights than residents, London hosts several official Christmas tree lightings, ceremonies and festivities to get London looking sparkling and bright.
Our London location recommendations are Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Regent Street, and Westfield, but beware of the crowds as these are prime shopping districts as well.
Set in some of the most beautiful and well-tuned locations around London, Christmas concerts, carols, and sing-alongs are the best way to get into the Yuletide spirit. From grand affairs in majestic venues to charity fundraisers with celebrity readings, London's carol services are guaranteed to leave you with a warm glow.
Our London location recommendations are Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Some performances can be a bit pricey so look for the mid-day, mid-week tickets.
Christmas usually coincides with the end of term for university students. You’ll definitely want to book in a get-together with all your friends, international and British, one last time before heading your separate ways come the New Year. Pick up some cheap decorations, create a Spotify playlist of all the Christmas classics and get to cooking and baking all your comfort foods to celebrate not only the season but also the end of your study abroad!
Our London location recommendation for cheap decorations… well, cheap anything really, is Poundland. Things really are just a pound so when you throw them away after one use you won’t feel bad. For speciality British snacks and treats, head over to Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, or Marks & Spencer, who typically have a fantastic, widely popular TV commercial ad every year too.
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