What do we want? Christmas! When do want it?…after we’ve guzzled a barrel of steaming mulled wine, ice skated 500 miles and revelled in festive wonderments that is London’s winter nirvana…all the while wrapped up snug like a pig in a blanket.
That’s where we come in to make that dream a reality.
We want to bring you a glorious list of 6 merry places to visit. Yes, Winter Wonderland is snuggled in there somewhere. But we’ve also included some underground gems in there too for our kooky Christmas lovers. There’s something for everyone! Question is: are you wrapped up warm and ready for a jolly ol’ adventure? Here are six things to do in London, This Christmas:
Skate at Somerset House
The lead up to Christmas wouldn’t be the lead up to Christmas if we didn’t all underestimate how hard ice skating will be. But no one can resist the glittering pull of London’s ice rinks during Christmas. It’s a certain kind of magical. One place, in particular, that is a great spot to skate is Somerset House. With its vibrant lighting and impressive surroundings – you won’t be leaving disappointed…even if you are deathly gripping onto the railings on your way out.
£: Adult prices: £11
When: 13th November 2019 – 12th January 2020
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
Wanna make a lovely lil’ wreath to hang on your door like the adult you are? Well, it’s your lucky day. Guided by a knowledgeable team of park rangers you can create your very own sustainable seasonal wreaths, using the natural materials sourced from local parks. Now doesn’t that cute? To make matters even cuter – it’s free!
When: 20th December 2019
Pub Quiz at Winter Forest
Pub Quizzes…but make it Christmas. Time to gather a group of your trusty elves…sorry “friends”…and win some amazing prizes at the Winter Forest in Broadgate. All proceeds go to the mental health charity: Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest. Enjoy the great food and drink, fairy lights and snow-covered pines whilst putting your Christmas knowledge to the test for a good cause.
When: Every Monday from 11th November-16th December
Needn’t we say more. Winter Wonderland; the apex of London’s Christmas celebrations. Packed to the brim with scintillating food markets that spoil your taste buds with too much choice. Not to mention the array of rides, activities, gift stalls and mulled wine…mainly the mulled wine. Frankly speaking, if your idea of a “winter wonderland” involves a bit less people, you might want to give Winter Wonderland a miss. Besides that it’s set to be another glorious one this year.
£: Free to enter
When: Every day till 5th January 2020
Winter Pop-up Cinema
Nothing puts you into the festive spirit like a festive Christmas movie. Head on over to Southbank to watch a holiday classic at their cozy Winter Pop-up Cinema right by the river. From your snug bean bag you can enjoy bit hits like the Bridget Jones’s Diary, Dirty Dancing, Love Actually, Home Alone and of course – The Muppet Christmas Carol. Oh and it’s all free! You must really be on Santa’s nice list this Christmas to get all these free stuff in London.
£: Free but ticketed
Cultural Lates: Christmas Rubber Stamping
Get crafty this Christmas by making your own bespoke wrapping paper and Christmas Cards. With the help of illustrator, Laurie Avon, you can try your hand at rubber stamp printmaking this December. Using the simple tools and techniques in this free workshop you can add a personal touch that’ll take your gift-giving skills to a whole new level. Materials are all provided, all you need to bring is your lovely selves. Move quickly though, as tickets usually sell out fast.
£: Free but ticketed
Where: Islington Square