Why Christmas is the Best Time to Visit London

Why Christmas is the Best Time to Visit London

We love getting personal recommendations, so for today’s post, Silvia from our Digital Marketing Team tells us why she thinks London is the best place to spend Christmas.

“As soon as the Christmas lights are switched on in early November, the fun starts. Usually there’s a big free concert on Oxford Street to celebrate the beginning of the festive season. The best illuminations are around Oxford Street, Regent Street and Covent Garden and you can take a Christmas lights tour to see them, but don’t miss out Carnaby Street and the beautiful timber structure of Liberty’s department store!

If you’re planning to do some shopping, this is the right place too. You can’t go wrong with Regent Street; there are over 75 international stores – a pretty impressive street! Regent Street is home to some of the most distinguished architecture in London and it has a long history. It was the first shopping street in the world, built in 1825 – long before the Champs Élysées in Paris and Fifth Avenue in New York!

A festive Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market lit up for Christmas

Another winter pleasure are the Christmas Markets, the perfect place for gift hunting, eating and drinking. Traditional treats like mulled wine or cider are enjoyed, made with wine or cider along with various spices and served hot or warm. For a non-alcoholic Christmas drink, try a delicious hot chocolate and nibble on some mince pies, a traditional British fruit-based mincemeat sweet pie.

You’ll find Christmas markets and attractions in different locations across London, but my favourite, and one not to miss, is Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. This merry attraction has it all: a central location, a market, attractions, an ice skating rink and bars and best of all, it’s free entrance! Definitely make a visit to the Bavarian village, a winter wooden chalet which is the ideal place to be to have fun. Music, drinks, a festive atmosphere and all the necessary things to enjoy a traditional German experience!

Xmas at London Eye

Traditional wooden stalls are a feature at most London Christmas markets

Wondering where to find the best Christmas tree? Luckily there’s many across the city: the Natural History Museum and Covent Garden display fine examples, but Trafalgar Square is definitely the one I’d recommend. From early December, you’ll find a huge and nicely decorated tree, donated to the people of Britain by Norway each year. On weekday evenings and weekend afternoons there are usually free performances of carol singing (traditional festive songs) beneath the tree, with a very cheerful and special atmosphere.

Another great place to listen to traditional Christmas concerts is the Church of St Martin-in-the-fields in Trafalgar Square. Different choirs sing every night and it costs around £29. The prestigious Royal Albert Hall holds concerts priced around £50 and the South Bank Centre is a more affordable option, with concert tickets starting at around £15.

For those of you looking for a White Christmas in London, head to some of the wonderful Ice Skating rinks. There’s many around the city, but they are all very busy, so the best thing is to buy your ticket in advance to secure your place.”

What is your favourite festive activity?

Images from Andrew Sweeney, Andrew StawarzPug Girl, Dave Pearce and waldopepper via Flickr.