London is well known for being one of the best cities in which to spend Christmas. From beautiful Christmas markets to ice skating rinks, Regent Street's spectacular lights to Santa's Grottos; there's something for everyone. Here at DesignMyNight we like to make it easy for you so we've created our Guide on how best to get merry in London this Christmas.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
November 2013 - January 2014
Hyde Park's famous Winter Wonderland is back once again and is better than ever. With tons of seasonal food and drink on offer as well as Christmas gifts and Cabaret performances, the Winter Wonderland is a must see.
Where? All around Hyde Park
1 Big Night Out: Santa Suit Christmas Pub Crawl
It's time to don your very best in festive party spirits as London's biggest bar crawl, 1 Big Night Out, arrives for a Christmas extravaganza; the city streets are set to be swarming with Santa clad party revellers this December and you're invited along for the fun. Nab yourself a ticket for just £25 and prepare for a raucous night of booze fuelled antics and festive fun as Santa suits and beards, a free shot, beer or vodka, queue jump, discounted drink deals and entry into 5 of London's best party venues ensure a vibrant night out in the city.
Where? Various locations around London.
When? Various nights in December 2013 (check event listing)
Cost? £25 inc. free shot, beer or vodka at every venue. Book your tickets here.
Carol Singing at St Paul's Cathedral
November - December 2013
A yearly Christmas event favoured by the old and young alike, the carol services at St Paul's Cathedral are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. When you're all sung out, grab a drink and a bite to eat at Madison's rooftop bar & cafe. Set atop the iconic One New Change, with stunning views overlooking the cathedral's dome and the greater London skyline, Madison's is a great place to escape from the bustle of the city.
(For booking enquiries for Carol Singing at St Paul's, please contact them via their website).
Where? St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD
When? Various times
Cost? Varied per event
Drink Mulled Wine and Cider at a London bar...
There is nothing better than getting into the Christmas spirit with a classic winter warmer, mulled wine! Our recommended bars in London for mulled wine are great places to enjoy this Christmas drink and offering during Christmas.
Try out our Recommended London bars for Mulled Wine and Cider:
Archer Street Après Ski
The perfect place to mark the party season is at Archer Street’s , après-ski themed bar, Piste. Whether you want to warm your cockles during the chilly winter months or party until the early hours, Archer Street and Piste promise a great party with a range of party packages for groups of all sizes. Guests can enjoy the deliciously seasonal Apricot and Cinnamon Bellinis whilst enjoying the dulcet tones of Archer Street’s all-singing bar team who will be spreading some Christmas cheer with carols and pop songs throughout the evening.
Skate @ Somerset House
Go Ice skating this Christmas at Somerset House and experience the unique atmosphere of open-air clubbing, on and off the ice, to a live soundtrack from prominent DJs, iconic clubs and trend-setting festivals. Club Nights bring a new late night soundtrack to Skate at Somerset House. Once the skating is over head on to Foundation cocktail bar in Covent Garden for a night cap or two.
Where? Strand, City of London WC2R 1LA
When? November 2013 - January 2014. Sessions start at 10am and the last one commences at 9.15pm.
Cost? £7.50-£14.00 (16th Nov-7th Dec)
£12.50-£15.00 (8th Dec-6th Jan)
Make a booking online.
Southbank's Christmas Market
Sixty traditional twinkling wooden chalets along the Queen's Walk presenting unique and unusual Christmas presents. Soak up the magical riverside Christmas atmosphere and enjoy a bratwurst, roasted pork, roasted chestnuts and a warming Glühwein. They even have a traditional carousel to enjoy when you need to give your feet a rest! After visiting the market take a stroll up to Skylon, a rooftop bar with quality cocktails, an extensive wine list, delicious bites and breathtaking views.
Where? Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
When? 16th November - 24th December. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm.
The Montague Ski Lodge Winterwonderland
For those looking to add something special to their festive celebrations this year, The Montague Ski Lodge Experience could be the place for you. The Wood Deck, that is hugely popular in the summer months, will be transformed into a winter wonderland between 20th November and 31st January. Tickets start at £20 per person and include a choice of three flavoured vodkas from the selection of 12 and a food tasting platter.
Where? The Montague Hotel
When? 20th November - 31st January
Cost? Tickets start from £20 to £35 for group parties
Ice Bar London
If you are looking for something fun and winter-themed to do this Christmas then look no further than Ice Bar London. Step into an environment where the walls, bar, tables and even your own personal glass is made from the purest ice harvested from the pristine winter wonderland of Jukkasjarvi in Northern Sweden. With cocktail classes and ice-scultping lessons on offer to visitors, combined with the BelowZero restaurant which is also very popular; Ice Bar London has created an all-in-one venue where you can have a unique dinner and drinks experience. Ideal for people looking for something to do in London over the festive period, Ice Bar London has the full package for a fun evening out in town. Book here.
Where? 31-33, Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BN.
When? Normal opening times.
Cost? Ticket prices range from £12.50-£16 depending on time and day.
Fortnum & Mason's Spectacular Christmas Lights
November 2013 - January 2014
One of London's biggest treats during the Christmas period are the department stores' lighting and window displays and Fortnum & Mason's are no exception. With work beggining in June, they are now a seasonal masterpiece and feature numerous different theatrical themed scenes. From dancers chatting on stage before the curtain goes up to a cab dropping off the star dancer, the extravagent window designs are a must see for the shopoholics amongst us. Once you're all shopped out make sure you drop in to Fortnum & Mason's 1707 wine bar for a relaxing glass of red and a delicious snack.
Where? 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER
When? Christmas lights on 24 hours a day
Trafalgar Square Christmas Carols
There's nothing like a bit of carolling in the presence of an impressive Christmas tree, and none come more impressive than Trafalgar Square's Norwegian spruce. Choirs perform nightly from 5pm beneath the tree's 500 white lights. Once you've finished singing why not head on over to Gordon's Wine Bar; the oldest wine bar in London and a magical place to enjoy a glass of vino or two.
Where? Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5
When? Daily from 5pm
Regent Street Bar Hop
During the Christmas period London is awash with lighting displays, the best of which can be see along Regent Street. Why not combine two of the best things in life, alcohol and Christmas, and try out our Regent Street bar hop? The evening will start off at the middle of Regent Street in the trendy Aqua Spirit bar. Next try out All Bar One, perfect for a cheeky beer and some pub food, followed by Sketch for its famous cocktails. Once you've passed Hamley's Toy Store, head over to Below Zero at Icebar for a freezing and unique drinking experience. Finally put your feet up at Bentley's Oyster Bar in Soho for a delicious glass of champagne and a bowl of oysters.
Where? Various locations around Regent Street, London
When? All day (best at night time)
Christmas songs at London bars and Clubs
Everyone wants dance and sing along to Mariah Carey right? right? All you want for Christmas is a good old Christmas song session. So head to Infernos in Clapham for all your xmas song needs, try Gem in Soho to get you into the Christmas spirit or head down to Piste for an Alpine ski lodge and Apres-ski style cocktails!
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