If you’ve read some of my previous posts then you’ll know a pretty big fan of the whole festive period. But there are a few things in particular that make me unbelieveably excited about Christmas. And one of those things is paying a little visit to London.
At Christmas, London is one of those places that makes me feel super festive – there is so much going on in the capital at this time of year, from Christmas markets, ice rinks and winter festivals. And all those lights everywhere – the lights in London beat most of the displays in my local town hands down. So as I’m heading to London this weekend (yippeeee), I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite places to visit in London at this time of year…
Southbank Christmas Market – 11 Nov – 4 Jan
The Southbank Centre is always on my list of places to visit. The Christmas market here is full of the loveliest handmade gifts and crafts, yummiest festive foods, and it’s location next to the Thames makes it one of the most beautiful light displays.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – 21 Nov – 4 Jan
Easily my favourite place to be in London at Christmastime. Winter Wonderland is literally just that. With fairground rides, the tastiest food, mulled cider bars, and a stage where you can see all kinds of weird and wonderful bands playing Christmassy tunes. It’s the perfect to get merry and eat your weight in festive german food. Not to mention how gorgeous Hyde Park always looks, with the trees all lit up, and autumnal colours all around. I cannot recommend enough!
Harrods, Knightsbridge, London – Year round
Another pretty obvious one, but who on earth could visit London at Christmas and not take a little trip to Harrods. The lights here are such a huge talking point and will make even the scroogiest of people feel festive. And if you fancy battling your way through the hoards of shoppers, I recommend taking a walk through their Food court, where you’ll find the most amazing festive foods and drinks. Some of their items are a little out of my price range (ha!) but I always try to buy something as a little treat for over Christmas. But really, it’s all about those lights… just look at them…
Natural History Museum Ice Rink, Cromwell Road – 30 Oct – 4 Jan
What could be more festive than spending an afternoon skating round – or if you’re like me, flailing and falling down a lot?! I honestly love it though. Dressing up in your thickets clothes, and whizzing round the ice rink is one of those things that instantly makes me feel Christmassy. The Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the loveliest skating rinks, with the most amazing backdrop while you skate. If you’re not keen on skating, then even just standing and watching people skate is so much fun – I have to admit I am one of those who loves to watch people flail as badly as I do!
Winterville, Victoria Park – 2 Dec – 1 Jan
Okay so this one technically, I’ve not been to before, as it is new this year. But when I saw this, I knew we’d have to venture there this weekend – with attractions including an ice rink, roller discos, Christmas Market, fairground, and even horse carriage rides, this pop-up town set in Victoria Park looks like it literally has it all. I’ll be sure to share my experience with you after I’ve visited!
Have you visited London at Christmastime? What were your favourite places to go?