London in the winter has a special charm and you will be delighted by the lights, the decorations and the good cheer all over town. Visit London now and you will find no shortage of special winter time treats and entertainment that only happen this magical time of year. Don your coats and scarves and head on out into the winter wonderland that is London Town.
PANTOMIMES AND OTHER PLAYS
The famous pantomime shows that you see all over London leading up to Christmas are a very special winter tradition that families look forward to every year. These traditional plays, based on folk legends and fairy-tales are lively, entertaining and lots of fun for the whole family, not just the little ones. Popular choices are Aladdin, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Should you prefer something seasonally sad, Hans Christian Andersen’s famous The Little Match Girl is on at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre this winter. There is a panto or play on in London to suit every mood.
BEAUTIFUL STREET LIGHTS AND WINDOWS DISPLAYS
Wander around all the main shopping streets in the centre when you visit London in winter and enjoy the different sets of seasonal lights of each. Regent’s Street and Oxford Street may be streets that you will think of first, but often it is the smaller, more intimate shopping streets in the centre that have the loveliest and most original lights, such as Bond Street and Carnaby Street. Don’t forget to stop and marvel at the various department store’s Christmas window displays – many of them are very beautiful and innovative. It’s impressive how they manage to think up new and original ideas each and every year. Take the whole family along and choose your favourite shop window.
HYDE PARK IN WINTER
London’s parks are wonderful in the winter-time. Wrap up warm and enjoy a brisk walk through Kensington Gardens, perhaps taking some nuts along for the squirrels (they will be grateful!) and stop to enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate. Hyde Park hosts A Winter Wonderland every winter which usually starts in mid November and offers ice-skating, a winter circus, a magic ice kingdom and Christmas puppet shows for the smallest visitors. Each year this popular attraction offers new and festive entertainment as well as all the old favourites.
CHRISTMAS AT THE CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM
Visit London at Christmas time and Charles Dickens comes into his own. Nostalgic reminders about Scrooge and the well loved A Christmas Carol are everywhere. This is a lovely time of year to visit The Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury. No other location in central London will be hosting a more authentic Dickensian Christmas than right here, where the great Victorian writer lived and worked. Prepare to be dazzled and charmed with real London winter cheer and tradition of old, as you wander round the various rooms of this delightful and popular museum.
ICE SKATE PAST THE LONDON EYE!
Outdoor ice-rinks seem to spring up all over the capital this time of year and there is bound to be one close to where you are staying when you visit London now. This is great fun for the whole family! Whether you are an expert or a beginner, you will be enchanted as you glide or wobble along amongst the glittering lights, by some of London’s most famous locations and buildings, such as The London Eye or Alexandra Palace. Even for those who don’t plan to skate – the views of London, the carols and Christmas songs and the delighted laughter of the skaters will be memorable enough.
We send you all the very best season’s wishes – we are pleased you will be joining us in London at this festive time of year!