Guide type: Area Guide
13th December 2016
Perhaps the biggest event on London’s festive calendar, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a festival featuring thrilling rides, Christmas markets, circus and ice skating performances, and must-see attractions. Open until January 2nd, this is definitely one to tick off the list this season.
No doubt, one of the best perks of the holiday season is the food. When it comes to roasts, the choice is endless with pubs serving up the all-time British classic on nearly every street in the capital. However, particular favourites include Hawksmoor – the steak specialists – which have restaurants based all around London, including Shoreditch and Knightsbridge, as well as The Jugged Hare – the City’s renowned gastropub – and The Gun in Poplar, previously dubbed the ‘best pub on the Isle of Dogs’.
For festive, Thameside fun, Southbank is an unmissable destination this winter. Open until January 25th, visitors can enjoy outdoor attractions such as the Bump Roller Disco for skating and niche club nights, and a variety of food and drink stalls including the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, with cider cocktails served both hot and cold.
Somerset House in Strand is home to a grand 18th century courtyard that, every year, is transformed into a 900 square metre outdoor ice rink. Until January 15th, enjoy the winter lover’s favourite pastime with club nights hosted by various well-known DJs, which have in the past including the Ministry of Sound, and indulge in sweet treats and champagne at the event’s exclusive Fortnum’s Lodge, hosted by Fortnum and Mason.
‘Tis the season to be jolly – and shop! Where better to indulge in a little Christmas shopping than London’s most luxurious department store, Harrods in Knightsbridge. Kids can also meet Father Christmas at Harrods’ Christmas Grotto!
There’s no doubt that the Royal Parks are beautiful every season, but there’s only one time of the year that you can admire London’s frosty landscapes whilst taking a stroll with a cup of cocoa in hand. Head to Primrose Hill at the north end of Regent’s Park for one of the best views of Central London or take a tour of Richmond Park in a horse-drawn carriage.
Borough Market is a real hotspot for foodies this time of year, with a number of specialties and all-time favourites available; perfect if you’re just passing by for a delicious treat or are getting ready to stock the cupboards at home for the festive season. Grab seasonal preserves, artisan chocolates, fresh breads and select cuts of meat to take home for the biggest day of the year.
This is an absolute must for Harry Potter fans! Watch Hogwarts light up with Christmas magic with a visit to the Warner Bros. Studios where you can see the castle model glistening in the snow, or enjoy a grand meal in the Great Hall.
With so many magnificent buildings and attractions lining the streets of Central London, there are so many places to soak up views from above this winter. Why not take to the Sky Garden, The Gherkin, The Shard or The London Eye this season for a view to remember.
Kick-start the new year with a visit to one of London’s inspirational art galleries, such as the Tate Modern or the National Gallery. Many of London’s art galleries and exhibitions are free; perfect for those on a budget looking for a memorable day out.