Top 10 things to do in London, WINTER 2019
1. Winterland, Fulham
Step into a steamy Alpine dream, escaping the city and icy air of London as you embrace the magical settings around you in the warmth of a luxurious Nordic hot tub. An experience exclusive to Winterland, one that you won't forget! Book tickets here.
There's also the option to hire winter lodges, cabins, reserve seating, visit Santa in his grotto or even to book you general entry (£5) to soak up the entirety of Winterland without any specifics!
2. Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens
An illumination of lights, begin your twinkling adventure at Kew this winter. Lit up with over 1 million sparkling lights, visit the gardens in a whole new light as they thrive in the darkness. The only thing you wouldn't want to see is the electricity bill each month - it's not one to miss.
Tickets for this sell out FAST so make sure you plan ahead!
Find out more here.
3. Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without the annual Winter Wonderland located in Hyde Park (free admission). Each year, the park pieces together a sensational display encouraging the Christmas cheer. Fully immerse yourself in all things festive, this place truly does have it all!
Stroll through the Christmas market whilst indulging in a warming Belgian chocolate crepe, perhaps a German hot dog or maybe you're straight to the Bavarian village to begin sipping (gulping) down your first Stein or mulled wine, soaking in the atmosphere.
Ice skating, Ice sculpting, enjoying the wide range of rides, visiting the circus, watching 'A Christmas Carol' performed in the Ice Kingdom, laughing til' your stomach produces abs in the comedy club, or singing until you've got no voice along with the live singers in one of the many bars - the list is endless!
See more here.
4. Hogwarts in the snow, Warner Bros. studio
''Apart from seeing the Harry Potter London film set, you can also tuck into canapes and drinks before devouring a two-course meal in those magical surroundings, with Dinner in the Great Hall this Christmas (9-11 December). To finish the experience, enjoy dessert served on Platform 9 3/4 and take an exclusive after-hours tour of the studio.''
For more information and to book, click here.
5. Friends Festive, Shoreditch
Visit your favourite sets dressed for the festive period, reenact the iconic thanksgiving floating head scene, ring Phoebe's bell outside the mall, pay a visit to the holiday Armadillo's grotto, indulge on festive treats and mulled wine - the FRIENDS festive fest is here for 1 month only, so don't miss your chance!
Book your tickets here.
6. Luna winter cinema, Kensington Palace
The Palace itself is famed as birthplace of Queen Victoria and royal residence for over 300 years. Take up the unique opportunity to watch your favourite Christmas classics including Love Actually, Home Alone, The Grinch, Elf and many more.
The ultimate festive cinema experience gives film fans a chance to take a break from the chaos around last-minute Christmas shopping and the festive party season, to snuggle up and enjoy iconic Christmas classics on the big screen with friends and family.
See the full schedule and book your tickets here.
7. Southbank Christmas market, Southbank
Wander through South bank as the area is transformed into a wonderland of light and festivities. There's also various pop-up bars including Bar Under The Bridge, Circus Bar and an Alpine Lodge bar - all with contrasting, unique vibes.
8. Ice skating, Somerset House
''London’s most beautiful ice rink returns, transforming the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court into a winter oasis, and ushering in the festive season with a 40ft Christmas tree.
Stop by the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade for seasonal shopping, enjoy gourmet dining in Fortnum’s Lodge, or soak up the rink atmosphere with a Baileys Hot Chocolate in hand at the Skate Lounge, home to the Baileys Treat Bar. ''
9. Enchanted Eltham Palace, Eltham Palace & Gardens
Make the most of winter evenings with an enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as our grounds are transformed into an illuminated world.
Follow our charming trail as you step through tunnels and pathways of twinkling lights and marvel as the gardens burst to life in remarkable, unexpected ways. Uncover magical secrets hidden deep within our grounds, including dancing fairies and our extraordinary talking trees.
Brighten up the Palace’s historic walls with our new interactive colour display and ring the bells of our new Chime Time installation to play a favourite seasonal tune. Strike your best pose as you step through arches of sparkly lights for the perfect wintery photos.''
10. The Winter Forest, Broadgate Circle
''Our festive wonderland at Broadgate Circle – The Winter Forest – will be back this November complete with snow-covered pine trees and twinkling lights, fantastic food and drink and live music.''
Read more here.