Yes, John Lewis might’ve overdone it by putting up Christmas display on, when Londoners were still catching the last bits of Summer vibes. But, let’s agree, once the Halloween is over, it is pretty heart-warming to finally hear those jolly jingles at your local Tesco’s. With that being said, it is time to put up a list of Christmas activities in London for those, who already know that during December it is not recommended to get off in Green Park station… But still can’t resist that Christmassy London charm.
Christmas shopping in Portobello Road Market
Ditch the Oxford Street madness and join the heaven of boutiques, antiques and vintage accessories. During the festive season, the streets of Notting Hill embody this mysterious charm, almost depicting a scenery of one of the Hans Cristian Anderson tales. Quiet, yet, welcoming residential streets, one way or the other, all cross Portobello Road. The world’s largest antique market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectable attracts crowds of visitors. The difference is that people here don’t push, brush or rush; they’re all here to enjoy the spirit of the market. Be sure to find the most unique Christmas gift… The magic is there. It will come to you!
Christmas fun in Fulham’s Winterland
Since after visiting Portabello Road you’re still West London, why not to try to have Christmas fun in a posh way! Well… If Fulham counts as one. Escape to an enchanted forest with neon-lit curling lanes, alpine mini golf, prosecco pong, heated igloos and lodges, cosy fur-lined sofas, fondue and feasting tables. The best part – bring your own booze! This new spot is open from Thursday to Sunday each week right up until Christmas.
- Entry: from £5 (limited tickets can be purchased on the door)
- Curling: £40 (8 people) 30 min slot
- Sofa hire: £85
- Heated Winter Lodge hire: £60 per head
- Heated Secret Dining room hire: £80 per head
Catch Christmas Spirit in Greenwich
Greenwich is magical in itself: beautiful river path, Greenwich Park, breathtaking scenery of Greenwich University and the vibrant market. During the festive season, it lights up with creative Christmas lights and decorations, street noises dissolve in the sound of Christmas carol singers and market stands fill with various unique crafts. This year, Greenwich will host London’s new contemporary winter festival.
Time for a Christmas movie marathon!
Let’s get something right – it’s always good to see young Macaulay Culkin’s face on TV. A cup of hot chocolate, a pair of woollen socks, snow outside and “Home Alone” is one of the traditions it’s hard to break. As the snowing part might be only a picturesque dream, avoid seeing the grey reality outside by joining one of the special Christmas movies cinema sessions. See “Home Alone”, “Elf”, “Scrooged” and the heart-warming “Love Actually” in Lost Rivers Elephant venue every Monday. Early bird price: £15; Normal ticket price: £20. Each ticket includes 1 x free mulled wine + 1 x mince pie – plus expect a VERY festively decorated venue
Christmas carol singalong in Royal Albert Hall
Doesn’t matter if you can sing, or sound like a Christmas turkey… Royal Albert Hall is one of the most beautiful venues in London, if not in the world! All dressed up for the festive season, it creates the atmosphere that even the most resistant singers cannot stop themselves from joining the choir. Let it Snow • Sleigh Ride • Saviour’s Day • Jingle Bells • Merry Christmas Everyone • are only a few of many more carols that echoes through the festive hall.
Grab a drink in Leadenhall Market
Harry Potter nerds know, that Leadenhall Market is the secret entrance to the famous Diagon Alley. That in itself is a fact worth attention. In the depths of the City, the centre of banks and men in suits, hides this beautiful hall, full of bars, cafes and small shops. During the holiday season, it becomes even more welcoming and attracts not only businessmen but Christmas lovers, too.
Cozy evening at Queen of Hoxton
Ever wondered how they spend Christmas in Marocco? We neither. You can only see that in Hoxton! This winter the Queen of Hoxton invites you to a hideaway inspired by the far–flung desert realms and romantic splendour of Marrakesh. Escape the grey city pavements to Rooftop Riad high above the streets of East London, where you’ll find a bar inspired by the intoxicating colours, sights and scents of Moroccan Souqs. A treasure trove of brightly coloured Babush slippers, ceramic tiles, twinkling lanterns, cushions and drapes awaits inside the unique rooftop WigWam. Definitely something different!