Feeling festive? Damn right you are. Immerse yourself in all things Christmas at one of the many events taking over London this winter. Jingle some bells at the most spectacular street markets, and deck the halls at Santa's grotto, before rockin' around the ice rink - there is something for everyone this Christmas in London. Come on kids - get out and get merry in London this Christmas.
Saturday 6th December to Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Set sail on a cruise down Regent's Canal this Christmas, fuelled by festive fun and fairy lights by the bucketload. Expect a heady dose of carols, mince pies and naughty elves, as well as a bespoke soundtrack and an infamous BYOB policy. Oh, and don't fret - the boat comes equipped with transparent covers and a heater.
Where? Granary Square Steps , King's Cross, N1C 4AA
When? 12.30pm to 9pm, 6th to 23rd December 2014.
Cost? £240 for two hours boat hire.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
21st November 2014 - 4th January 2014
Hyde Park's famous Winter Wonderland returns this Christmas and guess what - it's better than ever before. We're talking tons of seasonal food and drinks from across the world, as well as a cracking roster of cabaret performances and sing a longs. Stock up on Christmas gifts and get your skates on. There's no doubt about it - Winter Wonderland is an absolute festive must see.
Where? Hyde Park
Carol Singing at St Paul's Cathedral
November - December 2014
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with an oh-so-pleasant rendition of your favourite carols at St. Paul's? Once you've had a good old sing, be sure to hit up Madison's Rooftop Bar & Cafe: set atop the iconic One New Change, Madison's delivers stunning views of St. Paul's and the greater London skyline, as well as an impressive drinks menu. This is without doubt a great place to escape the hustle and 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...
Get into the Christmas spirit with a classic winter warmer. We've only gone and gathered together our top picks for great pubs and bars in London to enjoy a nip of mulled wine and cider. Go get 'em London.
Our recommended bars in London for mulled wine and cider:
- Freud Bar in Covent Garden for delicious mulled wine.
- The Pontefract Castle just off Oxford Street for mulled cider.
- The Jam Tree in Chelsea for a cosy mulled cider by the fire.
- Casista in Shoreditch to enjoy a glass of milled wine in a basement hideaway.
Skate @ Somerset House
11th December 2014 - 11th January 2015
How about swapping the sticky floors of too many a London club for an icy terrain? Fancy combining the sweet sounds from some of the UK's most prominent DJs with a sprinkling of winter magic? Best get your skates on, kid. Somerset House invite you to ice skate your way through a killer soundtrack from major DJs - a unique open air clubbing experience if ever there was one. Once you're had enough of the rink, head on over to Foundation cocktail bar in Covent Garden for a night cap or two.
Where? Strand, City of London WC2R 1LA
When? 11th December 2014 - 11th 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 Winter Festival
November 2014 to January 2015
Soak up the magical Christmas atmosphere as you amble your way through sixty traditional twinkling wooden chalets upon London's ever-pleasant Southbank. Enjoy a bratwurst, a hearty helping of roasted pork and a warming Glühwein, before hitting up the carousel to give your feel a much needed rest. After hitting up the market, take a stroll up to Skylon - a must visit rooftop bar for 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
Mid November to early 2015
If you're looking for an extra dose of festive celebration, The Montague Ski Lodge Experience is the place for you... we're sure of it. These friendly fellows are transforming their Wood Deck into a winter wonderland: expect pine trees, falling snow, reindeers et al, as well as a comforting selection of mulled wines, candied pecans, winter Pimm's, hot spiced cider and woolen rugs. What a way to stay snug during those long winter nights.
Where? The Montague Hotel
When? Monday to Saturday: 11am - 10pm, Sunday: 12pm - 10pm.
Cost? £25 per person (includes a mini turkey burger, bratwurst and deep fried camembert, as well as three beverages from a choice of 12) or £35 per person (group bookings).
Ice ice baby... Ever fancied bevving in a bar made entirely out of ice? At Icebar, 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. Ice Bar have created the ultimate all-in-one winter venue in London: look forward to cocktail classes, ice-sculpting lessons and grub from the BelowZero restaurant. Ideal for those on the hunt for something a little different over the Christmas period in London, this is not one to miss out on.
Where? 31-33, Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BN.
When? Normal opening times.
Cost? Ticket prices range from £13 to £17, depending on time and date.
Regent Street Bar Hop:
Regent Street Christmas lights are turned on on the 7th November 2014.
London is awash with lighting displays over the Christmas period - why not get your booze on at some of Regent Street's best bars and pubs this Christmas? Start off your evening at the ever trendy Aqua Spirit, before hitting up All Bar One and Sketch for masterfully crafted cocktails. Once you've passed Hamley's Toy Store, head over to Below Zero at Ice Bar for a super chilled drinking experience, before putting your feet up at Bentley's Oyster Bar in Soho.
Where? Various locations around Regent Street, London
When? All the time!
Belt out Christmas classics at London's best bars and clubs:
What was that? You're the next Mariah Carey? Oh, cool - me too. All anyone really wants for Christmas is a good ol' sing-a-long, so get your good selves down to Infernos in Clapham or Gem in Soho - they'll sort out all of your Christmas song needs.