It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in London – the trees are up, the Christmas lights are on and the seasonal songs are already driving us insane. This December, gear yourself for some serious festive cheer and head to one of London’s events full of the holiday spirit. We reckon a quick spin around one of London’s ice rinks should do it. Check out our pick of the best things happening in London this December and we’ll catch you under the mistletoe.
Christmas lights in London — London undergoes a festive facelift in the build-up to Christmas as the city gets decked out with more LEDs than there are grains of sand in the world (okay, this might be a slight exaggeration, but there are a lot!). 21st November 2019 – 5th January 2020.
Christmas at Kew — Kew’s incredible botanical gardens will be undergoing another magnificent seasonal makeover in 2019, as Christmas at Kew lights up the space’s iconic buildings and the weird and wonderful plants that call it home. 21st November 2019 to 5th January 2020.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival — The Southbank Centre Winter Festival is back for 2019 with another sparkling programme of festive shows and performances, family fun and music. The riverside venue will celebrate the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. 21st November 2019 – 5th January 2020.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland — Christmas family fun aplenty with a huge ice rink, two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, plus themed bars for the grown-ups. The annual favourite is back for its thirteenth year in 2019. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and you can head along for cheerily-lit fairground rides, a child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa’s grotto) and quaint Christmas markets. Other highlights of Hyde Park’s annual Christmas treat include circuses and the biggest outdoor rink in the UK – it surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. There’s also the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club, ice sculpting workshops and a German-style Bavarian Village full of frothing steins and live music. 21st November 2019 until 5th January 2020
Natural History Museum Ice Rink — The Natural History Museum is home to London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse’s buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice. It’s become a London Christmas classic. 21st November 2019 until 12th January 2020.
Coppa Club –— With chains such as GBK and Zizzi for company, you might expect a restaurant next to the Tower of London to be brimming with selfie stick-wielding tourists. Thankfully, that’s not the case at Coppa Club. Having originally made its home next to the Thames in Berkshire, this all-day restaurant has taken the plunge into London with a second riverside restaurant, which comes with quite a view. Positioned next to Tower Bridge and opposite the Shard it boasts what must be one of the largest riverside terraces in London, but the big glass windows mean you can soak up the sights even when it’s too chilly to go al fresco. Location: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH.