London is amazing year-round, but there’s something particularly magical about it at Christmastime. From the holiday markets to the festive decor, this city really knows how to do Christmas properly! Below are my favorite things to do in in London at Christmas this year.
THINGS TO DO IN LONDON AT CHRISTMAS:
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland: I was completely blown away by how awesome this market is! Not only is it decorated really well, it’s full of fun rides, great places to eat, games, and beer halls. I went in the morning to snap some photos, but I definitely want to go back one evening to enjoy some mulled wine and play carnival games! Entry is free – no tickets needed.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink: This ice rink had been on bucket list since I saw it on Instagram last year, and it didn’t disappoint! If you want to have the rink to yourself, go early on a weekday morning. We arrived right at 10am on a Monday, and it wasn’t crowded at all. Ice skate rentals are included in the price of your ticket (note that they only have hockey skates – no figure skates!). Purchase tickets in advance here.
Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester: The Dorchester is already known for having one of the best afternoon teas in London, but their Christmas tea is hands down my favorite. The truffle egg sandwich and the gingerbread Santa hat are SO tasty! Be sure to make reservations in advance.
INSTAGRAM SPOTS IN LONDON AT CHRISTMAS:
Annabel’s Mayfair: Annabel’s wins my pick for best Christmas decor this season! They really outdid themselves with this gorgeous tree display. Since it’s located on a busy street in Mayfair there’s really no good time to get pics (you’re going to be dodging cars and people no matter when you go), but we went at 9am and didn’t have too much trouble.
Covent Garden: There are so many fun photo spots in Covent Garden this season, with the most popular being the car full of presents. Go early in the morning to avoid crowds and get the best shots!
The Ivy Chelsea Garden: The Ivy has several locations around London, but their Chelsea restaurant is known for having amazing seasonal decor. This season they turned the outside of the restaurant into a full blown gingerbread house! It’s incredibly extra and makes for a fun Instagram pic.
Some other great actives include shopping on Oxford and Bond Streets (and checking out the festive lights), having dinner inside one of the igloos at Coppa Club, the Kew Garden trail of lights, stopping for hot chocolate and an Instagram pic at Peggy Porschen’s, and ice skating at Somerset House.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite things to do in London at Christmas! Will you be heading to any of these hotspots this season?! Let me know if you do!