The capital comes alive at Christmas with an abundance of festive events to fill your December diary. Below we give the London House take on the top things to do this festive season.
Corinthia Christmas Garden
Step into a wintery haven in the heart of London. Arguably London's best kept secret, the Corinthia Christmas Garden offers a rare, mosaiced outdoor oasis in the heart of the city offering immersive dining experience.The Garden has been transformed into a wondrous winter terrace, complete with twinkling lights, roaring fireplaces and warming sheep's wool and alpaca blankets. The cosy-chic feeling is complemented by an alpine-inspired menu, curated by Executive Chef André Garret.
Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew, enter a botanical world filled with seasonal cheer as the garden is transformed with their annual Christmas light displays. Familiar favourites — such as the 'Christmas Cathedral' tunnel of light, the fire garden, and that fountain and laser show choreographed to music — are back, along with some new installations including glowing star-shaped arches, and a 'Starry Night' wall of light. At 2.7km, this year's route feels like the longest yet.
Visit a Covent Garden Christmas Market
And just like that it’s Christmas market season once again. London’s markets are one of the most joyful ways to shop all year round, but they truly come alive at Christmas time with twinkly lights, crafty goodies and a liberal sprinkling of good cheer. It doesn’t get much more Christmassy than the Covent Garden Christmas Market, with its annual 60ft Christmas tree sparkling with more than 115,000 colourful lights. Head down to see it towering in its glory and while there, enter the magical Christmas Village.
Ice Skating at Somerset House
Glide through this festive season at one of the capital’s many open-air ice rinks. There’s plenty to choose from but Skate at Somerset House is arguably London’s most iconic. Somerset House’s festive ice rink returns to The Strand this Christmas. Whether a skater or simply a spectator, join Somerset House for a festive drink, spend time with loved ones and celebrate under their 40-foot tall Christmas Tree.
Check out the wintery windows
Window shopping has never looked more marvellous than at this time of year. The lavish displays put on by some of London's favourite stores are truly pieces of art that rarely disappoints. Take a stroll around a London to take in the magical displays, from London’s luxury department stores; Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, or its iconic shopping streets and luxury stores on Bond Street.
Hyde Park has once again been transformed into a Winter Wonderland, the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit. The popular Christmas attraction has returned for another year of magic and festive delight and Christmas family fun aplenty with a huge ice rink, two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, plus themed bars for the grown-ups
Luna Winter Cinema at Kensington Palace
Cosy up and experience the magic of cinema this Christmas. The Luna Cinema's winter season returns to the Kensington Palace Pavilion, and it's packed full of feel-good festive favourites. The Luna Cinema is adding some serious sparkle to the big screen for a whole month of Christmas cinema this December, and in true Luna fashion, have lined up just about every classic, heart-warming and cheesy Christmas film you can think of, from Elf to Home Alone, Love Actually and many more!