5 Reasons to Spend Christmas in the Capital

London is a city like no other, regardless of when you visit. However, the excitement is almost palpable when you spend a few days here at Christmas. Embracing traditions old and new, you can immerse yourself in truly unique experiences and settings before returning to warm hospitality at our exceptional heritage hotel.

Inspire your London itinerary with our superb selection of festive activities.

Unrivalled Christmas Shopping

You don’t need to enjoy shopping to feel captivated by London’s luxury boutiques and familiar stores during December. The delightful window displays at Harrods, Liberty and Fortnum & Mason are sure to usher in that cosy Christmas feeling when you pick up a few last-minute gifts.

Elsewhere, the iconic Oxford Street lights appeal to visitors of all ages. Wonder at the 5,000 or so lights that have been illuminating this thoroughfare since their ceremonial switch-on in November.. You can admire their glow before and during the big day; stopping to rest and people-watch at trendy eateries along the way.

It’s a City of Tradition

Trafalgar Square is a must-see attraction for visitors and locals alike during the festive season. Viewing the Norwegian Christmas tree in its full majesty will only immerse you further in the capital’s festivities.

But why stop there, when you can enjoy the carol singing that takes place there during December? Located centrally near The National Gallery, singing is optional. However, joining in this seasonal event reflects the unity of this city at Christmas, regardless of your vocal abilities.

You can Ice Skate in Pure Splendour

Even the most hesitant ice skaters will appreciate the impressive architecture of Somerset House’s courtyard. This sizeable skating rink is definitely worth visiting, regardless of your skill and ability. However, you might be persuaded to take to the ice under the guidance of the onsite skate instructors.

Besides the skating rink, you’ll discover contemporary music played by the resident DJs nestling beside haute cuisine at the Chalet Suisse. You might also enjoy some après-skate champagne at the Moët & Chandon lounge.

A Charming Christmas Market is Never Far Away

Although a popular feature of the UK’s festive calendar, we believe that London goes above and beyond when hosting its many festive markets.

Christmas-themed events include those at:

  • WinterWonderland
  • London Bridge City
  • Southbank Centre
  • Leicester Square.

Browse the alpine stalls for serendipitous gifts all whilst treating yourself to traditional Christmas treats, street food and something warming to drink. Even self-professed grinches are sure to take in the sights and cheery atmosphere.

There are Christmas Shows at Leading Theatres

For decades, the animated Snowman has been a TV tradition for British families. Part of the capital’s theatrical calendar since 1986, the Peacock Theatre has brought Raymond Briggs’ beloved story to life for thousands of children and those young at heart. The sheer breadth of shows such as A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre, Kingston), A Sherlock Carol (Marylebone Theatre) and The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet (London Coliseum) also attests to the city’s cultural scene.

There’s no denying the Christmas charm of London. And you’ll have the opportunity to experience the historic winter wonderland after booking a stay at our luxury hotel. Give us a call on 0203 489 5050 or email to secure a seasonal stay like no other.

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