Options for Enjoying Your Stay in London During December

Many people have the impression that London is a great place to visit only during the summer or spring seasons when the sun can be seen and the weather is conducive to moving around in the open. However, despite the inclement weather, London offers a lot even during the winter particularly in December and during the Christmas season. There are activities galore and the city is agog with fairy lights and festive music along with a plethora of events all over the city. There are many unique ways to enjoy the period leading up to Christmas and have a truly festive start. However, it may be difficult for tourists and new-comers to choose the places to see or activities to do, out of the multitude of events and activities that the city offers. As such, given below are a few suggestions so that you can discover the best of London this festive season.

The Brixton Christmas Carnival: A carnival at a heated terrace rooftop is a unique idea that you can enjoy as this one-day party takes place on the Prince of Wales’ heated terrace rooftop. It involves three stages of carnival sounds from soca rhythm worshippers Jus Now and Kings HiFi, along with dancers, jerk barbecue, a free braid bar and coconut cocktails. Get in the carnival mood at this event.

Classic Films at Pop Up Cinemas: You can celebrate this festive season and get into the Christmas spirit by watching some classic films at various locations all over the city. You can see any of these classic – The Grinch, House Alone, Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and Love Actually. You have to find out about the selected dates when these films are being exhibited in December within Hackney Showroom. You can also enjoy tasty hot chocolate, delicious brownies, mulled wine and popcorn while watching the film.

If you are visiting London this winter for enjoying the winter festivities it would be best to stay at Hotels Near Bayswater Tube Station as you will find it convenient to move about the city being so close to a tube station that offers links to most parts of London.

Magical Lantern Festival in Chiswick: The Chinese Lantern Festival will take place at Chiswick House and Garden exhibiting more than 50 light installations and a giant fire rooster that will celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Spa Treatments: If you are stressed out after making all arrangements for the Christmas festivities and if you feel run down after the hectic Christmas shopping, you should indulge in spa treatments that will completely unwind and rejuvenate you. By visiting the Montcalm Spa, you can avail of spa treatments that will pamper your mind and body such as massages including hot stone massages, aromatherapy, facials, pedicures and beauty treatments. There are many reduced deals available for these treatments in December and as such you should try to obtain such spa vouchers.

Guests staying at Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel are not only close to the various attractions of London but are also provided with luxurious accommodation and some fantastic facilities.

Attend the Grimaldi Service: You can attend this service in honour of the king of clowns, Joseph Grimaldi that will take place at Haggeston’s All Saints Church in which around 60 fully-dressed clowns will gather along with many Grimaldi fans and clown admirers. As many people are expected to visit this event, you should arrive early to get a place.

Christmas Carol Concert: Taking place at the Great Hall in the childhood home of King Henry VIII at Eltham Palace, this annual carol concert affords the opportunity to get the feel of the Christmas spirit. This beautiful show will feature many traditional festive carols, with the musical performances being quite heart-warming.

Christmas Lights at Regent Street: Twinkling Christmas lights are a sight to see, especially at Regent Street where a Kaleidoscopic show involving more than 300,000 lights will gleam at this year’s light display that will spill over to the surrounding streets of Piccadilly for the first time. It is expected to be the largest Christmas display in London ever. Right from the middle of November, these lights will be turned on but in December they will be in their full splendour when even shops in the area will add to the overall spectacular scene.

Somerset House: The impressive architecture of Somerset House is the perfect backdrop for enjoying ice skating at its skating rink. It is undoubtedly one of the best outdoor ice rinks in London that opens daily from 10am to 10:15pm. It offers skating facilities for people of all ages and also a weekend skate school for children. The DJs will keep you entertained in the evenings and if you feel like it, you can enjoy some festive food and drink at Fortnum and Mason’s pop up lodge. You can also visit its pop up shop and pick up a unique gift or treat or tree decoration. It is interesting to watch how people struggle on ice and how they fall if they do not have enough skills in ice skating.

Sail on a Boat on the Thames with Santa: This is a unique way to celebrate the Christmas festival and see Father Christmas. You can Sail with Santa down the Thames and enjoy a festive party in which you can sing-a-long your favourite Christmas songs and carols. You will also meet Santa and get a special prezzie. You should be careful about standing out on the deck as it can be terribly cold when the boat reaches the middle of the Thames in December.

Winter Film Club at the Electric Theatre: You can enjoy your favourite Christmas classic films at the Electric Theatre, which is being renovated into a palace with velvet curtains and warming cocktails.  Moreover, the outdoor cinema Rooftop Film Club will move indoor this winter.

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