1. South Bank- More Info
The south bank is by far my favourite place in London; I love the boats floating by on the Thames, the houses of parliments, the street act and the mixture of quirky people. Over the festive season they also have a Christmas market filled with quirky little gift ideas, mulled win and hot dogs. I popped down with my family a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. The only thing missing was Father Christmas!
Outfit: Head to toe New Look other than hat which is Primark.
2. Winter Wonderland
This is a firm favourite with everyone and I have been going for years now. I am very excited to say that I am going again today so will possibly do a post about that after! It's filled with Mulled wine, Ice Skating, rides, food and general festiveness. The place to go if you want to get in the festive spirit! More info
3. Christmas lights
This might be just me but I love Christmas lights! Especially when it rains and they reflect of the water making the whole of London twinkle. Head to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Covent Garden for some of my favourites. If you have never been before I would recommend going to watch them get turned on next year. Why not take a trip on the London Eye for an extra special view of all of London's Christmas lights?
Sadly we don't have a real Christmas tree although I would imagine it is quite exciting to go and pick one out. Instead I enjoy going to find some pretty impressive ones in London Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden are usually a great place to start!
5. Santas Grotto
There are a few Santa's Grottos all around and they are very magical! I am sure they'll be extra busy this weekend so chose your time carefully. This year I went to the one in Duke of York Square but the one in Hamley's and Harrods tends to be the most popular ones.
6. Ice Skating
I discovered last week that I am not very good at ice skating but it is good fun! There are a few around the capital but I would recommend Winter Wonderland, Somerset House and Tower of London. They are all fabulous venues and Ice skating is quite reasonable.
It may be a little too late for this Christmas but it is something to bare in mind for next year. Most of us are lucky enough to have a loving family at Christmas or at least a warm home however this isn't the case for everyone! Sadly some people have no one and no where to spend the Christmas period. Next Monday (Christmas Eve) I will be volunteering at a homeless shelter and although I am very nervous, I am also quite excited and hope to make a little difference to someones Christmas.
8. Pantomime/theatre show
Hopefully you'll still manage to get your hands on some last minute tickets to a musical, theatre production or Pantomime this year cause they are great fun! Although not overly festive I did head over to the new Spice Girl inspired show on Monday Viva Forever which was really good fun and worth considering if you're looking for something to see with your girlfriends.
Wrap up warm and chose a nice big park to take your Christmas walk in. I personally love Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill (Clearly a north London gal) but there are so many amazing parks to chose from! It's a great chance to spend some quality time with the family away from the Television and laptop.
10. Window Shopping
We spend so much time in the stores at Christmas time that sometime we miss the store windows. Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols as well as most other flagship stores always have very impressive Christmas Windows that are worth a look.
What is your favourite thing to do in London over the festive period?
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