Festive Fun: Top 5 fun things to do in London this Christmas

C&IT takes a look at some of the best festive fun to be had this Christmas season in the capital.

Ice skating at Somerset House (istockphoto.com)
Ice skating at Somerset House (istockphoto.com)

Ice skating at Somerset House

For a traditional Christmas feel, go skating in Somerset House’s grand 18th-century courtyard, which boasts a 900sqm outdoor ice rink over the festive season. Enjoy stunning historic backgrounds against more modern DJ-ing, and don’t forget to pay a visit to The Fortnum's Lodge for a glass of champagne, an afternoon tea and or private dining. 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

When looking at Christmas activities in London, it’s impossible to ignore Winter Wonderland. On a visit here you can enjoy all different types of themed rides, the circus, festive-themed food and drink, an ice rink Christmas knick-knack stalls and a magical ice kingdom. As an added bonus, there’s also the opportunity to meet Santa.

Christmas at Charles Dickens Museum

This is one for history and literature lovers; London’s Charles Dickens Museum has gone all out for Christmas. Visitors can enjoy readings and performances of A Christmas Carol as well as costumed tours throughout December, while on Christmas Eve the museum hosts its annual carol singing events with Christmas pudding making and lots of mulled wine.

Kurobuta Harvey Nichols

Kurobuta is currently enjoying a festive residency on Harvey Nichol's famed Fifth Floor. The pop-up restaurant serves a menu of robata BBQ specials plus innovative junk food with a Japanese twist including wagyu beef sliders with umami mayo and tuna sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu. Tempura and maki rolls add to the mix and are all washed down with sake, fresh fruit cocktails or Japanese frozen beers. 

Festive afternoon tea at Claridge’s

One of London’s favourite afternoon tea hotspots is offering a special Christmas package, with festive-themed sandwiches including a gourmet turkey selection, raisin and apple scones, speciality teas and Christmas pudding, as well as a glass of Champagne.

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