It’s hard not to get in the festive mood when the streets of London have been brought to life with Christmas lights and beautiful decorations. Cafes and restaurants have started serving mulled wine, and Christmas markets are popping up around the capital. London offers lots of enjoyment during the Christmas season, but sometimes it can be hard to think of things to between work and hasty gift shopping. We wanted to share a few ideas to help you explore cool and exciting things. Enjoy!
Take a walk in the Enchanted Forest
A Peninsula Christmas in Greenwich adds to the traditional Christmas fun with an exciting enchanted forest for visitors to explore. After the enchanted adventure, you can enjoy food and drinks at the Christmas market and the Tepee Snug Bar, and see various performances at the Amphitheatre.
A Peninsula Christmas, 3 - 22 December, Noon till late, Peninsula Square SE10
Meet not just one, but hundreds of Santas
SantaCon London is a massive yearly Santa gathering where various parades walk through London visiting famous landmarks and spreading happiness and joy. Whether you participate or remain a spectator, this event is guaranteed to be fun and definitely provides a different kind of Christmas experience.
SantaCon London, 10 December at noon, registration and more information online at http://www.santacon.co.uk/
Ice skate and bowl indoors
The fully refurbished Queens Skate and Bowl re-opens on the 8th of December. Escape the busiest ice skating rinks of Central London and slide on your skates in this cool retro venue, rain or shine. If ice skating isn’t for you, Queens also has bowling lanes and restaurants. Finish off with some mulled wine for an all round Christmas experience.
Queens Skate & Bowl, 17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP
Discover hidden rooftops
Christmas markets and villages can be found above the ground in unusual places. Several hotels, shopping centres and department stores have their own set ups on rooftops. John Lewis on Oxford Street turns their rooftop into a festive forest which includes a pop-up restaurant and Christmas trees on sale. The Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street have a wider selection of stalls, and the Cathedral Piazza and Cardinal Place in Victoria will host a one-day Christmas event on Wednesday 7th of December.
John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street London, W1C 1DX
The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA
Cardinal Place Roof Garden, Westminster, London SW1E 5BB