It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… or perhaps it’s all Bah Humbug to you… whatever the case there is no avoiding the Christmas spirit in London. With festive markets, wintry pop-ups and cinemas, Christmas fairs and the all-important ice rinks, London does not disappoint. Even the most stubborn Scrooge will find something to smile about and enjoy the merriment.
London truly comes alive around Christmas and this is best witnessed in one of the many wonderful Christmas markets. Head to the Southbank Centre for a Christmas market set against one of the best London backdrops and a pop-up roller disco, or to the Tate Modern for a more traditional market with wooden huts and a Victorian carousel. Christmas markets evoke so many senses, especially taste and smell – mulled wine, mince pies, fresh hot doughnuts and of course juicy succulent sausages. For those who prefer their food stalls to their craft stalls, head to the Foodies Festival at the Old Truman Brewery or the Real Food Christmas Market at Kings Cross for some of the finest foods London has to offer. If the thought of being outside in the rain, wind and cold chills you to the bone then the historical setting of Sutton House will warm you right back. With a pantomime theme, high end food and drink stalls, carol singing and a Christmas market bonanza, this is the perfect destination for Christmas cheer.
Pop-ups are more popular than ever and naturally London has embraced the winter and Christmas theme. Fancy the alpine lodge but don’t want to travel? Check out the Alpine Winter Village at Vauxhall, Archer Street in Soho or The Lodge in Clapham. They will transport you to the slopes with their log fires, cheese fondues and fur rugs. If your idea of a cosy winter night is a classic Christmas film with some delicious snacks then head to one of London’s many winter cinemas. Hackney Showrooms is hosting a Cinema in the Snow with fake snow at your feet, a cult Christmas classic on the screen and mulled wine in hand. For the most exclusive winter cinema in London, the Berkeley’s rooftop terrace with down feather blankets, champagne, canapes and space for just eight guests, has all the ingredients for the most memorable Christmas screening.
London is famous for its afternoon teas and what better way to recover from a day of Christmas shopping than with a Christmas afternoon tea. The Ritz is turning their iconic tea festive with a twenty-five foot Christmas tree and sumptuous Christmas themed pastries and sandwiches. One Aldwych is taking a playful approach with a festive Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed tea complete with home-made candyfloss, golden chocolate eggs and seasonal sandwiches. For the more romantic tea, head to the Corinthia Hotel for a Swan Lake themed tea where each room is hosting a different act of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet.
From Christmas markets to ice skating, winter pop-ups to winter cinemas, Christmas afternoon teas to fairs, London has it all covered. Bells will be jingled, halls will be decked, pies will be eaten, mulled wine will be drunk and we will all partake in a merry Ho Ho Ho!BACK TO OUR JOURNAL