Christmas in London is a particularly special time; the big shows are on, the retail flagship stores have fantastic window displays, and it seems everywhere is lit up with sparkling lights.
1. Visit the lights for Christmas
There are a few more lighting up shows to look forward to, such as Kew Gardens and Greenwich Market, both lit up on the 17th November and will be sparkling through to early Jan. Lightopia illuminated Crystal Palace on the 19th and will be with here us for some time yet. Wembley Park Winterfest starts on 25th November.
The Shard will finally light up on the 1st December; this years theme is ‘togetherness’, very fitting after last year.
2. Take in a West End show
Some of these are available after Christmas too.
Circus 1903 on the South Bank is a magical event for all ages; the puppets are from the team behind War Horse and Walk with Amal. Life of Pie is another show with incredible puppetry and runs through the Christmas Season at Wyndhams Theatre, near Leicester Square. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria tells the Wizard of Oz story in a new way. The highly acclaimed Book of Mormon is on at The Prince of Wales.If you are living in our Peckham aparthotel, then you have to see Only Fools and Horses at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
3. Shop till you drop for presents
Plus, take in the huge Christmassy window displays.
THE place to shop is in London! The latest fashions and trends tend to hit the high streets of the capital way before the rest of the country. In the days of internet shopping, a special treat is to hit the shops and see the sights, sounds and smells plus enjoy a hot chocolate whilst your purse takes a hammering. Regents Street is a draw, though you may consider other retail gems. Selfridges Christmas Market started on the 5th November, and Greenwich Market with 150 stalls began on the 17th. The South Bank also has a Winter Market. Carnaby Street is the place for fashion, lots of independents, with unique pieces.
4. Take a London Tour
Hogwarts in the snow is a must-do tour at Warner Bros. studios with tickets from Kings Cross or Victoria or Bournemouth. A Christmas Carol in the Old Navel Hall is a cracking way to enjoy this old favourite. A Tour of the Christmas lights will save your legs while you take in the best and the brightest. After the success of the latest James Bond film, this James Bond Tour is bound to please, Bond films are after all among the UK’s favourite Christmas Movies.
5. Go to Midnight Mass
Midnight Mass at st-martins-in-the-field is a special evening with dinner and carols on Christmas eve. Whilst this event may not usually be your cup of tea, St Martins is a great church, and you should try Midnight Mass at least once in your life.
6. Have a tasty Christmas Dinner
Of course, living in one of our Aparthotels means you can cook a meal in your room. However, a packed Xmas lunch with all the trimmings is best eaten with others. Head downstairs for your lunch with your fellow guests. Plus you can stay for a drink in the bar afterwards.
Xmas need not be a lonely or expensive affair, many of the ideas here are free or low cost.