The colder months in London are very charming. As soon as the temperatures drop, the first festive lights are switched on and the ice rinks are prepared for another season of slippery fun. Especially when Winter Wonderland is up and running again, you feel like you have been magically transported to the land of Father Christmas himself.
I know it can be quite a challenge to get yourself out of the comfortable heat indoors, but there are a plenty things happening outside that are worth layering up for. Grab a friend, ask that person from the many dating apps, or just go solo and take in the beauty of the countdown to Christmas. Because, no city does Christmas like London.
Although the days may be darker, central London found a way to stay bright with the many Christmas lights installations throughout the city. Each of them with a special switching on celebration that promises to be quite the experience, with live music and food and drink.
On the 6th of November the Christmas lights will be switched on for the first time. Head to London’s busiest shopping street to experience the phenomenon with your very own eyes. Don’t worry about the cold, this particular celebration involves in-store experiences with live performances. So you can shop and dance the evening away!
I only recently discovered this quaint set of streets near Covent Garden this summer. But I will be sure to head back this winter to see the seven streets sparkle at nighttime. The lights will be switched on for the firs time on the 15th of November and there will be live music and many discounts in nearby shops!
The last time I was on ice skates is so long ago that I can’t even remember what year it was #old. This year, I am determined to make it back on the ice and to do a little twirl or two. Who am I kidding, I can barely manage to stay on my two feet! London doesn’t hold back when it comes to ice rinks, here are the best in town:
- Somerset House, from 14 November until 13 January £11
- National History Museum, until 6 January £12.65
- Skyline Skating, John Lewis Oxford Street, until 8 January £8
Bonfire night is fast approaching, as are the firework displays all across the city. You can obviously see the fireworks even if you decide not to go to one of the official viewing spots, but the atmosphere makes all the difference. These are the best places to go:
- Alexandra Palace, the 2nd of November£12
- National Maritime Museum, the 3rd of November£ Free
- Battersea Park, the 3rd of November£11
- Victoria Park, the 4th of November£ Free
London does food markets, and markets in general pretty well. Across the city there are some very iconic markets that attract thousands of international visitors. Now, Christmas markets are becoming more and more popular throughout the city as well! A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon, if you’re asking me! Here are some of the best Christmas markets in London:
- Leicester Square Christmas market opens 9 November
- Winterville Clapham Common opens 15 November
- Winter Wonderland opens 22 November
- Wintertime at South Bank opens 8 December
Where will you be heading this winter?
Lots of love,