Here are some tips on how to make the most of your Christmas in London.
Visit a Christmas market
One of the best things about Christmas in London is the abundance of Christmas markets. From Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland to Southbank Centre’s Winter Market, there’s sure to be one that takes your fancy. Mulled wine and gingerbread as you browse the stalls for unique gifts. Make sure you wrap up warm and bring a reusable bag for any gifts you buy and some face wipes for any mess you make after eating from the delicious food stalls.
My personal favourite Christmas markets are Greenwich and Trafalgar Square as both organise events; choirs, lantern parades etc. Greenwich also has a free calendar trail for you to enjoy.
See the sights by bus or river boat
Another great way to make the most of Christmas in London is to see the sights by bus or river boat. I know that perhaps going on a boat in December may not be an obvious choice but many companies provide special Christmastime tours which are a great way to learn about the city’s history and see the main attractions decorated for the season. You can also hop on an open-top bus tour and enjoy the view from above as you ride past all the twinkling lights, a tradition in London which started in the 1960s.
Christmas Walking Tour
There is something rather magical that happens in London in the dark winter months. A Christmas Lights walking tour ticks the box for sparkle lovers and history lovers like. London’s Christmas Lights are recognised the world over for their artistic inventiveness across some of the city’s most iconic streets which have a history of their own which is often reflected in the choice of decorations.
For Charles Dickens lovers then our Christmas Carol Walking Tour is the perfect choice. Step back in time to 1843 where you follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens and get to know the places he writes about in his most famous ghost story as well as a better understanding of the characters and how elements of Dickens’s own life are woven throughout.
A Victorian Christmas walking tour showcases the lives of regular people and the royal family spent their Christmas time. Weaving through narrow alleyways, this is an eye-opening walking tour from St Paul’s Cathedral to Somerset House.
Christmas in London is a truly magical time. With so much going on, it can be hard to know where to start. But whether you’re visiting a festive market, taking in the sights by bus, river boat or on foot there are plenty of ways to make the most of your Christmas in London. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy everything the city has to offer this holiday season!