The lights, the atmosphere and sometimes even the snow, it can’t be denied that London is one of the most magical places in the world to spend the Christmas season. It might only be November, but Christmas is definitely on the horizon in London and we can’t wait to get into the festive mood.
So to help kick things off, we’ve been on the hunt for the merriest must-see attractions in town this year. Whether you’re a born and bred Londoner, a new kid on the block or simply passing through the capital this holiday season, our festive guide has got something to bring out the child in you.
London plays host to numerous outdoor ice skating rinks during the Christmas period, but by far the most romantic of all has to be the one overlooking the Natural History Museum. With a beautiful backdrop of gothic architecture and twinkly trees emblazoned with fairy lights, it really is the perfect setting for date night.
You can even stop off for a post-skate mulled wine inside the grand museum itself, or for those with a sweet tooth, there’s a rinkside Hotel Chocolat stall serving hot drinks.
When? Now -7th Jan
Where? Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
A festive treat for film buffs
If you’re mad about movies, Cinema in the Snow isn’t one to be missed. This East London pop-up Cinema will be showcasing some absolute classics from Love Actually to Miracle on 34th Street, and everything is indoors so you’ll be nice and toasty. Alongside the big screen, there’s a bar full of beverages, endless popcorn and exclusive catering that changes each week. Oh and apparently there’s snow!
When? Between 8th Dec-24th Dec
Where? Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
A treasure trove of quirky gifts
If like many of us, you have a friend or relation who’s particularly hard to buy for, it’s definitely worth heading down to the Crafty Fox Night Market this December. With stalls consisting of unique handmade items from around 50 independent traders, it’s the ideal place to explore on a winter evening after work.
You can even get crafty yourself at their Christmas wreath making workshop- ideal if you’re looking for something a bit different to do with a friend this year. As if this wasn’t enough, there’s also street food, DJs and mulled wine on offer.
When? 14th Dec (4pm-9pm)
Where? Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8EA
The classic family Christmas carol experience
For a truly traditional Christmas event, we highly recommend the Children & The Arts Carol Concert. Hosted by Aled Jones himself, the evening is guaranteed to spread some festive cheer. There’ll be a mixture of classical singing, soul music and, of course, an abundance of adult and children’s choirs singing carols.
In addition, there will be seasonal readings from the likes of Brian Blessed, Ben Miller and Felicity Jones. Tickets start from just £25 and, above all else, it’s for an amazing cause.
When? 4th Dec
Where? Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London, SW1X 9BZ
The ultimate market to go to with your girlfriends
If you want to take your friends somewhere they won’t forget this Christmas, head down to the Southbank for their Wintertime Festival. A haven of cosy wooden chalets filled with spicy Christmas tipples, unique stocking fillers, nordic lights, food and more; it will really get you into the spirit of things.
Once you’re done perusing the market, you and your pals can unwind at the Finnish Sauna just a stone’s throw away in the Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens. There’s also a bar on the rooftop in case you were wondering.
When? Now – 30th Dec
Where? The Southbank Centre
A fine feasting experience for foodies
The capital has long been a food lover’s paradise with so much to offer from delicious street food to exquisite fine dining- and now there’s even more reason to celebrate. If you’re into you’re grub and a bit of a Christmas fan too, we bring good tidings.
A Taste of London invites you to ‘The Festive Edition 2017’ at East London’s Tobacco Dock. Think free tasters, celebrity masterclasses and even hands-on cooking experiences. It won’t disappoint.
When? Between 16th Nov-19th Nov
Where? Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London
Ever wondered what Eskimos do for fun? Well, we like to think they’d enjoy the new pop up igloos in Canary Wharf just as much as us. Inside you’ll find sheepskin throws, electric heaters, seating for 8-10 people and a cluster of cocktail menus for you and your friends. Unsurprisingly it’s proved extremely popular with city dwellers so you’ll probably have to book your slot quite far in advance but we reckon it’s well worth the wait!
When? Throughout the winter months
Where? 16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London, E14 4AX.
Enchanting entertainment for the little ones
Trying to keep your children entertained over the Christmas holidays isn’t always easy, especially at such an exciting time for them! Luckily, this is something that ChickenShed Theatre has kindly acknowledged. Their Christmas Tales pantomime caters to children between the ages 0-6 and is a great way to socialise with friends or meet other mums. With enough silliness to keep everybody engrossed, expect impressive storytelling, imaginative characters and a lot of interactivity.
When? Between 5th Dec- 30th Dec
Where? Rayne Theatre, ChickenShed. Chase Side, London, N14 4PE
What’s your favourite thing to do in London at Christmas time? Tweet us @lesalonapp and let us know!
For more ideas about things to do in the capital, check out the rest of our blog.