A Christmas Guide to London

Photo of Winterland courtesy of Winterland

‘Tis the Season! Autumn is turning to Winter and with it, our minds turn to our favourite time of year: Christmas. It’s nearly time to pull out the decorations and put on your woolly jumpers. In honour of the festive season, this week we’ve put together our top activities to make the most of London this Winter.


Snuggle up at a cosy winter pop-up

Left: Photo courtesy of Winterland | Right: Photo courtesy of Jimmy’s Lodge by the River

A host of seasonal pop-ups have taken over London, bringing with them Christmas cheer, warming drinks and delicious food. Head to Jimmy’s Lodge on the River for Snow Globes – heated pods with river views and a delectable menu from chef Jimmy Garcia – an obscene amount of cheese fondue and a hot cocktail bar. Why not also try out Woody Bear on Oxford Street? Styled as an urban abandoned fairground, it will serve up Hot Gin Punch from coin-operated cocktail dispensers and Mont d’Or cheese baked in wine and truffle. If you’re in Fulham, Winterland (the evolution of Summer hit Neverland) offers ping pong, curling and, you guessed it, more fondue. Last but by no means least is another summer revival, as Pergola Paddington Central opens its winter edition. This festive rooftop hideaway will feature menus from Patty and Bun, DF/Mexico and many more – the perfect place for an evening with friends or a bite to eat after work.


Go to a Christmas Market

Photo courtesy of Winterville

What better way to get in the spirit of Christmas than head to one of London’s Christmas markets? Although Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a firm favourite, newcomer Winterville is set to be a must-visit this season. Situated on Clapham Common, this expansive Christmas market will offer a range of activities, including a roller disco, ice skating, crazy golf and even Backyard Cinema, playing a host of Christmas classics for guests to enjoy.


Head to the theatre

Photo courtesy of London Coliseum

One of the highlights of the winter season in London is the vast array of performing arts. There is something for everyone with productions across ballet, musicals and theatre. For family-friendly entertainment, Dick Whittington brings all the laughter and fun of the pantomime to the London Palladium. Both children and adults will also love Christmas classic The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre which runs until December 31st. Culture vultures will appreciate spell-binding, festive favourite The Nutcracker at London Coliseum, and Jack Thorne’s adaption of A Christmas Carol playing at the Old Vic. For another twist on a contemporary tale, check out Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells, set during WWII London.


Treat yourself

Left: Photo courtesy of Dandelyan | Right: Photo courtesy of The Connaught Bar

After a busy day shopping for gifts, why not try out one of the World’s 50 Best Bars: The American Bar at The Savoy, Dandelyan and The Connaught Bar, which come in at 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively. Indulge in the art deco surrounds of The American Bar and try their Coast to Coast drinks menu, a journey across Britain from North to South. For something more modern, the contemporary Dandelyan, located in the Mondrian London, might pique your interest. Created by the renowned Mr Lyan and designed by Tom Dixon, both the cocktails and the interiors are a feast for the senses. For a twist on the classics, the timeless elegance of the Connaught Bar provides the perfect ambiance.


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