Christmas in London
Uncategorized at December 1, 2015on
You’re probably thinking London in the winter? Really? With all the dreariness and rain it sure does not seem like the place to spend your Christmas! But with all the Christmas lights and decorations that fill the streets, Christmas can’t get any more enchanting.
If you’re a newbie to London you would most likely enjoy going to places where you will feel the grandeur and glory of London. Book a table at top restaurants for a romantic dinner or go for a long stroll in the beautiful Hyde Park or along the River Thames from London Bridge to the London Eye. The sight of the Big Ben and the House of Parliament from across the river will not disappoint you.
- I don’t know anyone who has not fantasized about ice skating wearing a dramatic Victorian style dress and beaver muffs, on the fantastically elaborate Victorian terracotta building in the background at the Natural History Museum. Set in the heart of South Kensington, the ice-rink is lit up by 80,000 fairy lights and becomes a dreamy place as the sun goes down. If you need to warm up go museum hopping in the area. The Science Museum and the Victorian & Albert Museum are both nearby.
- Somerset House is another ice-skating site that is sure to blow you away. This spectacular Neo-Classical building is situated between the Strand and the River Thames and its impressive courtyard is often a center of cultural events including the London Fashion Week.
- Across the Waterloo Bridge there is another fun ice rink by the London Eye. Enjoy the festive Winter Market in Southbank after the ice-skating session. There are always lots of outdoor activities along the River Thames and around the National Theatre.
- Christmas Attractions
- It doesn’t feel like Christmas without the Nutcracker. This classic is guaranteed to put you in a merry mood. The production by the English National Ballet at London Coliseumis something you don’t want to miss. The Railway Children is a breathtaking show for both adults and children alike. The stage set was built around real train tracks and the 60 ton locomotive will blow away young (and old) minds.
- Christmas Shopping
- If you’re bored of Harrods and Bond Street shopping, go on over to Dover Street Market in Mayfair. Tucked away on Dover Street from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly, this avant-garde concept store with a minimalist design was created by Rei Kawakubo. Not only is it a great spot for sourcing cutting-edge items but also for resting with a perfect cup of coffee, cakes or salads at Rose Bakery on the fourth floor. Started in Paris, this hip and intimate cafe has a cult following.
- If you want to experience London Department shopping Liberty is highly recommended. It’s an essential London store in the sense that it has a rich history and still feels Victorian with its interconnecting rooms and the store design, yet it always manages to stay remarkably innovative and trendsetting.
- Who says adults can’t have fun? The legendary Hamleys on Regent Street is the oldest toy store in London, established in 1760. From Nov. 21 to Dec. 24, children can participate in an hour-long session filled with activities that include singing, games, snacks and meeting Father Christmas. Skip the usual electronic toys and ubiquitous items that you can purchase online. Instead, be amused by the life-size Royal Family made with Lego blocks and pick up one or two souvenirs that say London, such as Paddington Bear. It gets overwhelming during the day so go early (possibly with a thick wallet and lots of patience).
We hope you have a very Happy Christmas Planning!
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