From the Disney Christmas Tree at St. Pancras Station to skating on the Somerset House ice rink, here are 8 unique and exciting things to see and do in London this Christmas
Stuck for something a little different to do this festive season? This Christmas you can head out to a skating club night, eat the best street food in the city, and visit Hogwarts in the snow. Take a look at our eight suggestions.
Somerset House Ice Rink
South Building, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Until 10th January 2016
Open all day for skating, the Somerset House Ice Rink also boasts club nights with rink-side DJs, so you can discover some new dance-moves while out on the ice. And after skating, why not settle down for a mulled wine in the Skate Lounge, or try a cocktail in Fortnum’s Lodge?
Underground Film Club
The Vaults, 1 Launcelot Street, South Bank, SE1 7AD
Until 16th January 2016
During the festive season, the Underground Film Club are screening Christmas classics such as Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Muppet Christmas Carol. You can also enjoy pre-movie cocktails in the blues bar Smokey Joe’s, while Rockadollar Dogs provides a delicious range of street food.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Until 2nd January 2016
If you fancy an after-dark trek through the botanic gardens, check out the magical lights of Christmas at Kew. As well as this stunning electric kaleidoscope, Kew also offers vintage fairground rides, food, and many other festivities.
Disney Christmas Tree, St. Pancras Station
Euston Road, N1C 4QP
Until 4th January 2016
Definitely worth a visit is the ingenious Disney Christmas Tree at St. Pancras Station. Cleverly constructed from soft toys of Disney characters, snowflakes also fall from the 14-metre tree every few minutes. Go along and see who you can spot!
Hogwarts in the Snow
Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
Until 31st January 2016
If Christmas magic isn’t enough for you, why not take a trip to the wizarding world and see Hogwarts in the Snow? This festive experience grants you a peek behind the scenes of Christmas at Hogwarts, and sees familiar sets dressed in Christmas fare, and fireplaces throughout the studio tour lit with special effects fire.
The Nutcracker, The London Coliseum
St. Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4ES
Until 10th January 2016
If you like your magic set to music meanwhile, The Nutcracker is a majestic Christmas ballet featuring 100+ musicians and dancers and an eternally enduring score by Tchaikovsky. Following the adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker doll from Christmas Eve in Edwardian London to the sparkling Land of Snow, this truly spectacular show at the London Coliseum is a visual and musical work of art.
A Christmas Carol, Noel Coward Theatre
Noel Coward Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU
Until 30th January 2016
For those who find Christmas a bit much sometimes, join Ebenezer Scrooge at the Noel Coward Theatre as he meets ghosts of the past, present and future – and rediscover the joy and magic of the festive season. Starring the Oscar-winning Jim Broadbent as Scrooge, this new adaptation of the Dickens classic delivers inventive drama (with puppets) as well as plenty of laughs, and is sure to be enjoyed by all (even the grumpy ones).
Little Feast, Shepherd’s Bush Yard
88-89 Shepherd’s Bush Yard, Goldhawk Road, W12 8DQ
Until 23rd December 2015
Finally, for some of the best street food going, head over to Shepherd’s Bush Yard for Little Feast Winter and discover vendors such as Poptata, Cheeky Burger, and Butter & Scotch in rustic wooden huts. Fully heated and covered, with blue and maroon decorations and fir trees to evoke a Scandinavian feel, the Little Feast also features live music – including carol-singing, choirs and jazz bands.