If you’re looking for things to do in the lead up to Christmas to get you in the festive spirit, there are plenty of ways to do that in London. Even if you don’t fancy spending much money there’s still things you can do to enjoy this time of year in the City.
Ice Skating Outside
We chose to go to the Natural History museum this year as we hadn’t been before and wanted to try somewhere new. Tickets are £17.50 and the time slot gives you around 45 minutes on the ice, which was enough time to skate around. The only thing I would say is it can get quite busy, so consider what time you’re booking it for. It’s a lot of fun though & really gets you in the festive spirit.
If you fancy heading somewhere to enjoy some mulled cider or hot chocolate then the Rekorderlig lounge on Southbank is a great place to head to. You don’t have to pay to get in and if you’re lucky you can grab a seat inside to enjoy a few drinks. There’s also a few Christmas market huts along the river too if you fancy browsing what’s on offer.
The Festive Displays
Sometimes nothing beats just walking around London and taking in the decorations. It’s a festive (& free!) way to take in the sights and explore new areas of the city. If you’re around the Mayfair area then be sure to check out Annabel’s. It’s decorated with giant candy canes and a tree this year. Carnaby street is always worth a visit for their themed and brightly coloured decorations and you can take a look at all of the festive window displays.
Christmas at Kew
If you have a free evening or afternoon and are willing to travel a little further out of Central London, then Christmas at Kew is always worth a visit. A warning – it can be cold, especially walking around in the dark. However completely worth it for all the displays and atmosphere, we love it! Just make sure you wrap up warm. You can buy tickets online so you’re guaranteed an entry time.
Head to the Rooftops
If you’re out shopping and fancy a break from the hectic streets below, then there are a few rooftops you can escape to. The John Lewis Skyline Skating on Oxford Street is open daily, features a mini ice rink and serves food and drinks. The perfect place to escape for a while and fuel up for some more shopping.