Thursday, 20 December 2012

10 Things to do in London This Christmas

 With still one weekend until Christmas I thought I would share 10 ideas of what you could do this Christmas. I am sure you won't be able to complete them all but might give you something to do next year!

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!
 We managed to find fake snow, have a go on the merry-go-round, eat delicious hot dogs and somehow I even ended up taking part in a street act!

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?
4. Find Some Christmas Trees
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.

7. Volunteer
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.

9.Winter Walk
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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12 comments:

  1. I love visiting South Bank at Christmas too when I'm lucky enough to be in London! Cannot wait to move, it's such an amazing city all year round & even more at Christmas. Love this post!

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  2. Winter wonderland sounds absolutely amazing!

    Nafisah
    www.bamblingsofnaffy.blogspot.co.uk xxxx

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  3. I was in London on Sunday, and absoloutely loved the vibe on South Bank! I have always been in love with London, and look forward to my next visit! Lovely post! xxx

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  4. Looks amazing! dying to go to london!
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  5. That Massive Christmas tree in Covent Garden is pretty impressive!

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  6. I live in East London and last night Columbia Road (near Brick Lane in E2) held a Christmas market in the evening! Unfortunately I couldn't go as I was elbowing fellow shoppers out the way for my Christmas Turkey in M&S! :(

    I also love visiting Carnby Street for their quirky take on Christmas lights and Liberty Department store off of Regents Street to have a nose at the beautiful decorations they have for sale in there up on the 4th floor.

    Merry Christmas! Jen xx
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  7. I was at Southbank this weekend! Absolutely loves the market! Should have gotten one of the massive hot dogs though.

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  8. It's one of the things on my new years resolutions for next year is to visit london! I'm jealous you have winter wonderland I've seen so many pictures it looks great!

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  9. Winter Wonderland is definitely THE thing to do, great post:)

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  10. London at Christmas is beautiful! so glad I've moved there for Uni, the best decision I've ever made!

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  11. Great post, so useful! Let us all know how the volunteering goes, as I'm hoping to do something similar over the New Year :)

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  12. I love the Christmas Windows in London. I have visited and taken pictures of them all - check it out at http://prettylittlepassport.com/category/united-kingdom/

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