Getting into the Christmas spirit while living in a big, metropolitan city like London can often be very difficult. Lack of snow, tons of people – especially an increase in tourists doing their Christmas shopping. But where are the best places to get in the Christmas spirit in London? Have a look below.
Ice Skating – Somerset House
The Somerset House is spectacular enough – add a beautiful ice rink, then you have a stunning image. The Somerset House is located on the Strand and usually houses spectacular art exhibitions. They also have Club Nights, where they have various DJs playing in the evening. There are also several lovely cafés and restaurants on site to enjoy a lovely hot chocolate after skating away like a little child. If that wasn’t convincing enough? Here‘s a video to make up your mind.
Where: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
When: 17th of November 2016 – 15th of January 2017
Ice Skating – Natural History Museum
If Somerset House doesn’t interest you – or even if it does and you want to try both, then the Natural History Museum is another must go place if you love skating. Even if you don’t – it’ll look great on your Instagram. Like with Somerset House, the Natural History Museum is also a gorgeous building. Definitely worth the visit, to peruse the insides of it as well. During winter, this iconic museum is turned into a Christmas haven with a beautiful ice rink and lovely café. The surrounding area isn’t too shabby either – walking distance to Harrods and Hyde Park.
Where: Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
When: 27th of October 2016 – 8th of January 2017
Christmas Lights On The Shopping Streets
Some of the main shopping streets such as Oxford Street, Regents Street and Bond Street always have the most amazing christmas lights. Beware – choose a time to go here when it won’t be as tourist infected as usual. Meaning: don’t be silly enough to go on a Saturday during lunch hour expecting to stroll down the street alone. Tip: if you are going down Bond Street, don’t forget to take in the spectacular Cartier store. Around Christmas time, it turns into the most decadent, delicate and festive exterior of any store I’ve ever seen.
Southbank Centre Christmas Market
The Southbank Centre Christmas Market, is a lovely market along the Southside of the Thames. Expect rows and rows of small chalet houses, offering everything from delicious food to yummy mulled wines, as well as shopping experiences. Walking distance to beautiful London landmarks such as London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Tate Modern, Borough Market and much more.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
When: 11th of November 2016 – 8th of January 2017
Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland must be the most enchanting Christmas spirit fairy tale in London. It is located in the stunning Hyde Park and is a culmination of restaurants, bars, various rides, shopping, food stalls and much, much more. Be prepared for tons of people, but tons of enjoyable moments. This place truly transports you to father Christmas himself. You truly have to watch this video to understand how magical it is.
Where: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
When: 18th of November – 2nd of January 2017
Photocredit: Fenwick, Poppyloves, NaturalHistoryMuseum, Timeout, Royal Holiday Destinations, Flickr, Distant Drumlin, Roomsuggestion, Accent Britain, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Huffingtonpost, Not A Notting Hill Mum