Lights and lamps on windows and streets, the aroma of mulled wine wafting through lanes and avenues, and the sprinkle of fresh snowflakes kissing your skin – this is Christmas in London! And we are here to offer suggestions on how best to enjoy Christmas in UK’s capital, this year!
View from the Shard with Champagne
Situated at a whopping height of 800 ft., the Shard is one of London’s most iconic edifices and is the largest building of Western Europe. Book tickets to visit the ‘The View from the Shard’s observation deck, situated on the 69th floor, for a postcard-like, almost surreal view of the capital draped in a sparkling snow blanket, and dotted with Christmas lights. Share this unforgettable holiday moment with your loved one and a glass of Moët & Chandon bubbly!
Champagne breakfast at Searcys at the Gherkin
Enjoy breakfast with a view and the best from Laurent-Perrier’s champagne range at Searcys at the Gherkin! Yet another iconic building of the capital that offers a magnificent view of London, as you and your friend and family pamper yourselves to a luxurious breakfast, prepared with the freshest of ingredients, and accompanied with Laurent-Perrier champagne, cocktails and other beverage options, for a wholesome festive meal.
Mayfair 34 – Bauble Décor and Special Cocktail
34 Mayfair is a signature ‘grill restaurant’ located at Mayfair at Grosvenor Street, sourcing the finest quality of meat and ingredients, from selected parts of the world. But the ‘Miracle at 34 Mayfair’ is what we really want to introduce you to! With the expertise of acclaimed florist Jane Wadham, on the festive occasion of Christmas, the restaurant will be decorated across its entirety in lights, 14,000 decorations and most importantly 8,400 baubles – a Christmas dreamland that will leave you mesmerized! To add to the festivities, the restaurant also offers a special Moët & Chandon Champagne laced cocktail, that truly make the holidays feel celebratory.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Here’s an experience that is traditional to the spirit of London in England! Gliding on smooth ice, under sprinkling snow and beaming lights over a towering Christmas tree! With the Waterhouse building as its backdrop, the scene of the Christmas tree in the middle of the ice rink is magical, and a great way to spend time with family and loved ones. The arena also features Café Bar with a bird’s eye view of the rink, and offers a range of cakes, wine, beer and other finer spirits. There are also a multitude of other activities that one can pursue during Christmas at the Natural History Museum.
We have visited quite a few ideas of discovering London and her highlights through aerial views. Now let’s explore the city on wheels while enjoying a luxurious gastronomic meal on board! The Bustronome London is a suave double-decker bus that tours and visits London’s most renowned monuments while providing a fine dining experience of a 4 to 6-course meal, as you go. This Christmas, savour a more carefully curated menu and discover the nooks and avenues of London in all their festive glory!
Covent Garden is one of the most famous piazzas of London, and it comes alive during the holidays for a wholesome experience of festive eating, and activities, and a great spot to finish your Christmas gift shopping. But the biggest attraction of all is Covent Garden’s archetypal 55 ft. long Christmas tree, decorated with over 30,000 lights. The magic of these lights spreads even further, with 115,000 glittering lights illuminating the neighbourhood – a magical haven that will take your breath away!
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Visit the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens this Christmas, and bear witness to a spectacular display of festive lights across the grounds. This includes the glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections that illuminate Temperate House, a cascade of glowing silvery shards at Treetop Walkway, vines with changing ribbons of light, mysterious fairy-fire known as Will-o’the Wisp, the singing Holly Bushes, the thousand twinkling pea-lights in the Tunnel of Light, the flickering Fire Garden, and the Palm House Pond finale with jumping jets of light dancing across the water to much-loved Christmas classics!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
While Hyde Park is known for its lush green during spring and summer, it is equally, if not more, appreciated during winter, especially at Christmas. Welcome to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – a destination in itself filled with attractions for people of all ages! Jaw-dropping acts in the Circus MegaDome, a dynamic Christmas market lined with stalls of mulled wine and treats, the classic ice rink for skaters and drama, snow and lights, this has to be on your list!
Musicals, Plays and Performances
One of the greatest treasures of London is its theatres for live performances, and the holiday season beckons one to revisit the classic tales of Christmas. Relive the thrill of visiting Ebenezer Scrooge’s past, present and future in ‘A Christmas Carol’ or be spellbound by the graceful and magical performances in ‘The Nutcracker’ – a show is a great way to catch up on quality time with your family!
Skate at Somerset House
Yet another skating extravaganza to treat your family or special someone with – a night at the Somerset House ice rink with its 40ft Christmas tree. While Somerset will once again offer its beautiful rink for regular skating sessions and for a dynamic DJ series, this Christmas, for the first time in 20 years, a special skating session on the night of 7th December, will allow you to glide all night until the crack of dawn, at the Skate & Exhibition All-nighter – so get booking!
And a few options for outside London, for a day out!
Bicester Village Shopping
In the heart of Oxfordshire lies the famous Bicester Village, housing the world’s luxury brands – from Alexandra McQueen, Temperly London, Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry, to Mont Blanc, Links of London, Hour Glass Cosmetics and Calvin Klein – you have the biggest names of the industry in one neighbourhood. The experience is made even more luxurious with a dedicated concierge service, valet parking and eclectic fine dining options. Your luxury Christmas shopping experience could not be made simpler and more luxurious itself, than this!
Yet another fairy-tale-like image of Christmas, with adventures and mysteries filled behind the palace doors and on its grounds – an Illuminated Light Trail through the festive gardens, the ‘Alice in the Palace’ experience with State Rooms opulently decorated and themed around Alice in Wonderland and a magical and royal Christmas market with the Palace as the backdrop. There is something here for everyone!
London is adorned in its most magical avatar during the Christmas holidays, and whether you are a citizen or just a tourist, you will never feel the spirit of Christmas, like you do here!