March 21, 2023

There isn’t a higher time to be in London than in the course of the month of December. That is when the streets come to life in streams of fairy lights, so fairly that it usually looks like you might be inside a Christmas tree! You may as well get pleasure from conventional European Christmas Markets, a brand new custom that has swept London.

This yr I travelled to London to take in the Christmas spirit and see for myself simply how magical this metropolis may be at Christmas time. Listed below are my prime picks for all the things it’s best to do for a magical Christmas in London.

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1. Winter Wonderland

Because the Brit’s model of a standard European Christmas Market, Winter Wonderland is a very powerful Christmas exercise for any customer to London in November/December as a result of it really is a world of marvel. Suppose pop-up German stalls promoting glühwein, rollercoasters, a carousel bar (that rotates, sure) and all of the Christmas market meals you possibly can think about: waffles, pretzels, crepes and extra. Better of all – it’s free to enter!

Location: Hyde Park

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2. Harrods

Because the world’s most well-known division retailer, Harrods is a London vacation spot in itself (a lot in order that it has its personal designated cease on the double decker bus tour!) The division retailer really involves life over Christmas and in the event you’re available in the market for a present or two, there is no such thing as a higher place to seek out all the things and get within the Christmas spirit.

Location: 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London

Ice Skating at Somerset House

3. Ice Skating at Somerset Home

Maybe probably the most iconic ice skating rink in all of London is hidden off the principle thoroughfare. This rink is situated behind the facade of Somerset Home close to the Thames River. You should definitely guide your tickets prematurely (£17) as numbers are capped on the ice. All through December it’s usually not possible to get a ticket on the day.

Location: Somerset House

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4. Ice Skating on the Pure Historical past Museum

There are a variety of ice skating rinks that pop up across the metropolis of London over the month of December. However in the event you have been to select only one, we’d suggest visiting the Pure Historical past Museum. There’s a large Christmas tree within the centre of the rink in addition to the magical backdrop of the museum. This makes the Pure Historical past Museum one of the vital scenic spots to skate in London.

Location: Natural History Museum

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5. Burlington Arcade

The Burlington Arcade was created in 1819 and is magical any time of yr. December is nevertheless past magical, when it’s adorned in glamorous Christmas decorations. The arcade encompasses a vary of native artisans, British manufacturers and Worldwide designers. The decorations adorn the arcade all through December.

Location: 51 Piccadilly, London

London at Christmas | WORLD OF WANDERLUST
London at Christmas | WORLD OF WANDERLUST

6. Purchasing on Regent and Oxford Avenue

Whether it is Christmas items you might be after then look no additional than Regent and Oxford Avenue, each of which come to life over the month of December in a stream of Christmas lights, carols, and decorations galore. There’s after all no scarcity of retailers to discover, providing you with the chance to seek out one thing particular to your family members (and your self!)

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7. Treats to Eat from Fortnum & Mason

In case you’re on the lookout for Christmas shortbread, jams, sweets and something candy then head straight to the long-lasting Fortnum & Mason in St James’s for a (very) Christmassy buying expertise (and one that may go away you with baggage of goodies!)

181 Piccadilly, St. James’s

8. Have Dinner within the Nice Corridor

Think about all of your Christmas goals coming true: having the ability to dine within the Hogwarts Nice Corridor for Christmas! Sure, this can be a very actual factor! I’ve visited the Nice Corridor in an abnormal month, however Christmas simply appears a lot extra ethereal. Bookings can be found by way of the Warner Bros Studio Tour website however beware, they guide out quick and promote for a reasonably penny!

Location: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden

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Brooke Saward

Brooke Saward based World of Wanderlust as a spot to share inspiration from her travels and to encourage others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures overseas and adventures within the kitchen, with a selected weak spot for French pastries.

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