December: the month of festive pop-ups and parties! Read through our top picks of things to do in London this Christmas…
Winterland, an Alpine Paradise
Winterland London returns this festive season with a brand new theme to match. If you went last year you will understand the cool vibe, creative theming and delicious menus that makes this place the go-to choice this month. If you didn’t, then this year you must!
Location: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TY
Tickets: From £5 on selected dates, activities from £10 per adult.
After Dark at Chiswick House & Gardens
Chiswick House invite you to an after dark experience. A trail of contemporary lights and walkways guide you through the gardens, weaving you through an enchanted footpath to finish at their Street-Food traders. Their festive menu introduces new tipples including a Terry’s Hot Chocolate Orange – delicious!
Location: Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, London, W4 2QN
Tickets: £16.50 per adult, £8.50 per child with concessions tickets available.
Funicular presents The Greatest Snowman
Embark on a train journey this winter like no other. As well as a secret Christmas mission and first-class entertainment, you will be served a delicious four course menu by BBC Masterchef: The Professionals Finalist 2017, Louisa Ellis, on this immersive journey. All aboard!
Location: Departing from Pedley Street Station, London, E1 5BW
Tickets: From £56 per adult.
Ally Pally Christmas Carnival
Taking place in the newly opened Theatre and East Court at Alexandra Palace, join the festive celebration for the first three weekends this month. Festive classics including Elf and Love Actually will be shown in the Theatre, craft beer and food will be available as well as other activities including Horrible Histories production, Santa’s Grotto and Ice Skating.
Location: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Tickets: All dependant on activities, explore the full programme online. Something suitable for everyone!
The Great Christmas Feast
So great that is has been extended until the new year! Discover an immersive Victorian dining room and cocktail bar hidden in Central London. Woven through the entire experience is the truly magical Dicken’s Christmas Carol to remember our ghosts of Christmas past.
Location: Ssh, that’s a secret.
Tickets: Final tickets remain, so we recommend booking quickly. £99 per adult.
Visit the Gingerbread City
The Gingerbread City is an annual celebration where architects and designers come together to create an entire city out of gingerbread. Now in its third year, this exhibition will focus on the theme, ‘Imaging the Future City’.
Location: V&A, South Kensington, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL
Tickets: £6.00 per person, with workshop tickets available.
Winterville, Clapham Common
Winterville has been named London’s Alternative festive festival. It has everything on offer, organised and ran by Street Feast, Field Day and Mighty Hoopla. Dance the night away in the Bar Humbug, sample London’s most delicious Street-Food, take to the outdoor ice skating rink or to the skies on the Ferris Wheel.
Location: Clapham Common, SW4
Tickets: £5.00 per person on the gates, activities tickets available online.
The Christmas Labyrinth by Backyard Cinema
Discover magic at every twist and turn at the Backyard Cinema Christmas Labyrinth. Set in the heart of Winterville (see above!), this festive adventure will take you to other worlds – at first, you are presented with four doors, which route will you choose?
Location: Clapham Common, SW4
Tickets: £4.50 per adult, to be purchased at the entrance.
Christmas at ZSL London Zoo
Discover London Zoo’s one mile illuminated pathway as they showcase their most magical experience yet. With the animals snoozing, explore the trail where fairytale meets fantasy and larger-than-life, illuminated animal sculptures stand tall shining against the night sky.
Location: London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY
Tickets: From £16.50 per adult, £10.50 per child, available now.
Skyline Skating with Sipmith
Above the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, the John Lewis rooftop has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Escape the festive hideaway to skate on the mini Sipmith rink and keep warm with hot gin and freshly baked pies.
Location: John Lewis, 300 Oxford St, Marylebone, London, W1C 1DX
Tickets: Entry is free with skating starting at £8.00 per person.
The Dalloway Terrace
Frequently voted as one of London’s most instagrammable restaurants, the Dalloway Terrace is a wonderful spot to spend your afternoon. Located behind busy Tottenham Court Road, this elegant terrace serves refreshing drinks after a long day of shopping!
Location: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, London, WC1B 3NN
Booking: To be guaranteed a table on the terrace, booking is required, if not walk-ins spaces are available in the Coral Room.
The most decorated pub in London
The Churchill Arms is known across the world for its stunning flowers, yet this year it has broken records for its Christmas lights. Combine festive drinking with a twinkly display!
Location: 119 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LN
Jimmy’s riverside igloos
Jimmy’s lodge and igloos are back! This time with a larger, covered upstairs dining room, the cosiest winter bar on the river and the return of the igloos, which this year will be elegantly dressed by MADE.com. Enjoy a hot cocktail or a cheese fondue whilst taking in London’s most spectacular views.
Location: 78 Waterloo Bridge, London, SE1 9PX
Tickets: Igloos deposit starts at £250, with upstairs dining tickets starting from £35 per person.
Skylight offers a cool, urban rooftop drinking destination. Themed around an urban après skate bar, the East London venue will play host to delicious seasonal drinks, fondue and street food. As well as London’s first rooftop ice rink, ice hockey shooting and the great views in the city!
Location: Tobacco Dock, Pennington St Entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London, E1W 2SF
Tickets: Entry is free, with advance activity tickets available online.
Christmas at Sky Garden
One of London’s most popular tourist attractions has had a touch of glitz and added glamour. Sit above London’s skyline and enjoy a glass of fizz, or one of the bars delicious cocktails whilst taking in the atmosphere. Live bands and DJs across weekdays and weekends – an evening you must attend!
Location: 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 8AF
Tickets: Entry is free, but we recommend booking your slot weeks in advance – they book out very quickly. Live Christmas nights available across December.
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