Christmas in London is incredible. The city shines bright in the rain, or hopefully snow, and while it may be cold, there’s always a warming mug of mulled wine to keep you toasty. London really is a joyous place to be over the Christmas season. There are a thousand celebrations happening across London and you’re no doubt quite stuck for choice. Here are just a couple of options to keep you in the holiday spirits while spending your Christmas in London.
West End Christmas Lights
It isn’t exaggeration to say that London shines bright over Christmas. All throughout London’s West End are spectacular displays of light. Glittering decorations are hung all along Regent Street and Oxford Street that light up the night with a warm yellow glow. It’s worth taking a stroll to see them all; though you’ll probably be heading there anyway to get your Christmas shopping done.
Mulled Wine and Cider
If it’s raining and cold and you’re out in the streets looking for things to do in Westbourne Terrace then it sounds like you need some mulled wine or cider. Nothing chases away those cold winter days like a steaming drink with a bit of bite to warm your cockles. If the fog closes in and the rain starts to pour; it’s time to get to the nearest bar to chase away the creeping cold.
Through most of the winter season beautiful outdoor skating rinks pop up all across London. As soon as it is cold enough for it to be feasible Londoners and tourists are out on the ice; skating in some of London’s most beautiful settings. A particular favoriteof mine is the rink in Hyde Park; the winter wonderland is festive and the proximity to the West End means you’ve got a great evening ahead of you when you finally come off the ice.
Sometimes when it’s cold and wet outside you just want to curl up indoors with your special someone. Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones after all. If this takes your fancy then I invite you to consider the Celebration Package London at the Montcalm Club. Luxury overnight accommodation, a hearty full English breakfast, warming traditional English afternoon tea, plus access to the very warm waters of a Jacuzzi; what better way to spend time with the one you love?
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree
There’s a sort of otherworldly beauty to Trafalgar Square during the Christmas nights. The lights of the city mingle with the blue lights of the fountains and illuminate the square with a mystical glow. In the heart of it all stands the great Christmas tree. Tall besides Nelson’s column this historical tree, a gift each year from Norway for Britain’s support during the Second World War, is a tall simple beauty. It is well worth struggling through the crowds of tourists to see it each year.
Over the months of November and December a number of lovely Christmas markets spring up all around London. It’s definitely worth at trip whenever they are open; cute little trinkets, plenty of decorations and present ideas, not to mention all the mouthwatering food. Grab a cup of hot apple cider, cuddle up in your jumpers and look at all the beautiful wares. It’s well worth braving the bracing cold for some of the South Bank Christmas Market’s sights sounds and smells. Try some gingerbread and buy yourself a festive bauble; tis the season.