One of the best cities to spend Christmas in Europe is the City of London. In fact it is a popular destination with tourists from all over Europe and the world, who come to the city to indulge in the revelry and festive spirit like nowhere else. Whether you are single, a couple or even the entire family London in Christmas season makes for a perfect holiday destination.
Of course you will need to book your hotel accommodation well in advance to avoid the hassle of not finding a suitable place to stay at short notice. Preferably choose a central location like hotels near Inverness Terrace such as the Grand Royale London Hotel, which offers some great seasonal discounts and excellent customer service. Commuting in London is not a problem with numerous modes of transport easily available but the hassle of getting stuck in a traffic jam is always present. If you get accommodation at any of the hotels near Inverness Terrace, you will have convenient access to most parts of London and its tourist attractions.
There are plenty of events scheduled this Christmas in London which you could visit such as –
The Winter Festival: You could visit the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival,which this year is themed on giving. It celebrates the spirit of sharing and generosity and invokes the spirit of Charles Dickens at Christmas time. It is spread over an impressive 21-acre Southbank site that is completely decorated and looks magical with a Christmas Tree Maze, Twinkling lights, giant white rabbits and bustling markets. It offers entertainment and fun for people of all age groups and includes a wide variety of events. Some of its highlights include a performance by Griff Rhys Jones of the Dicken’s Classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, a market that houses wooden chalets and offers food and crafts, free festive singing, fascinating Christmas shows with amazing acts, fireworks, theatrical performances, an express train to take passengers across the riverfront etc. It is free for admission although certain events might need a fee.
Hogwarts at Christmas: You could celebrate Christmas like Harry Potter by taking a tour of the Warner Bros. Studio where the movie was shot. Even if there is no snow at that particular time of the tour, you will be spellbound by the magical atmosphere at the model castle, which will be covered in a blanket of snow courtesy of the special effects department at Christmas time. The sets of the model castle are intricately designed and to make the place more attractive, special props used in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are brought out. In the Great Hall you will find large Christmas trees lining the hall which are beautifully covered and decorated with wreaths, holly and mistletoe.
London’s ice rinks: Probably one of the most popular winter outdoor activities is ice skating. You could get yourself a pair of ice skates this Christmas and skate at any of London’s favourite ice rinks! When the mercury really dips in London it is the best way to keep warm by taking a spin on any of the winter ice rinks in London and is a great way to spend time with the family or friends. You will find ice rinks at different locations all over London with some of them being at the more iconic locations like Hampton Court Palace, the shopping area at Westfield London or the magnificent surroundings of Somerset House.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park: When it comes to London’s iconic locations one of the more famous is London’s Hyde Park, which is home to the Winter Wonderland event that hosts a numerous free-to-enter activities and a large Christmas Market.
Activities:It is a great place both for adults and children to revel and offers excitement, fun and entertainment for everyone involved. You could enter the fairy tale Magical Ice Kingdom that has some stunning frozen sculptures, an ice castle. You would be enthralled by the acrobatic performances of Cirque Beserk and Zippos Circus or skate on the large ice rink. Get aboard of any of the numerous rides which is a thrilling experience especially for kids. There are funhouses, carousels and helter-skelters which will keep them occupied while adults can go in for an adrenaline rush aboard the roller-coasters. If you want a lovely scenic view of the city book a seat atop the Observation Wheel which at 60 metres will offer a spectacular view of the London Skyline.
Christmas Markets:Get into the festive spirit and shop at the Christmas Markets at Winter Wonderland, which offer plenty of arts, crafts, knick-knacks and jewellery, which would make ideal gifts for friends. Drop in at the Yuletide or Angels Market where you will be overwhelmed by the wide variety of goods available. If you have built up an appetite or in the need of a drink to stay warm you could try out any of the many bars, food stalls and restaurants that are in the area. You could even taste some authentic German fare in the Bavarian Village that is created here.
Entry to Winter Wonderland is free of cost although certain activities do require an admission fee such as the Observation Wheel, the ice rink, Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos and Cirque Beserk. Another option of visiting Winter Wonderland is to join up with a night-time bus tour that is festive themed and takes you to the top attractions of the City.