Fall in Love, Actually with Christmas in London
"Is this the real life?" London's all dressed up for the holidays. Take in the city's sparkle at some of our favourite spots for holiday lights and decorations: Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, and Covent Garden. Don't miss Carnaby Street's rocking Queen-inspired theme this year.
"The very definition of festive fun." Grab your cutest hat and mittens and head over to Somerset House, home of London's most beautiful ice skating rink. Skating is open day and night -- check out Skate Lates, a series of music nights throughout the season, and enjoy snacks and a drink rink-side at the Skate Lounge.
"Wingardium Leviosa" Any Harry Potter fan would find the Hogwarts in the Snow experience to be truly magical. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the impressive special effects and secrets used on set, including the Yule Ball, Gryffindor common room, and the boys' dormitory. Fireplaces will be lit throughout the tour and snow hand-sprinkled onto the Hogwarts castle model, to add to the cozy atmosphere. A unique holiday must-do.
All the Trimmings We've round up some of the best bites in London open for Christmas so you can have yourselves a merry little dinner.
Mulberry BushWe love the atmosphere here at this cosy and inviting pub that serves up fresh British meals. We also love that they are open for Christmas Eve, Christmas and right through to New Year's Day.
Asia de Cuba Located in Covent Garden, this whimsical restaurant is offering a 3-course Christmas lunch or dinner of Asian-inspired Cuban fare, plus options for Boxing Day, a 5-course New Year's Event, and Bottomless Brunch on New Year's Day.
Skylon Enjoy Christmas dinner with panoramic views of London at Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall. Dine on traditionally British dishes -- with a Skylon twist; there's also a vegetarian option and a children's menu.
Eat, drink and be merry At the Winter Market at Southbank Centre besides the River Thames you can enjoy seasonal goodies and spicy mulled cider wine at the two new pop-ups for the season.
A gem of a pub Just a 5-minute walk from our Lincoln's Inn Fields hotel, Princess Louise Pub is a magnificent 19-century public house named after one of Queen Victoria's daughters. The stunning Victorian interior along with its many corners and alcoves make this pub perfect for a quiet sip and sup alone, or to join up with friends.
A bustling wonderland Head over to Leicester Square to shop in traditional Christmas markets with hand-crafted goods, plus delicious foods and drinks. Take in a show under the 1920s spiegeltent and visit with the Big Guy in Santa's Grotto.
Stunning views and shopping Set against views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Christmas by the River at London Bridge City features beautiful huts packed with unique finds, handmade presents and mouth-water food options. Kids will enjoy the storytelling and craft workshops; adults will enjoy the skyline views and mulled wine.
Swank shopping. The Royal Exchange is a high-end destination in the heart of London Town, offering an unrivaled collection of boutique shopping and dining in one of the city's most luxe and historic buildings.
Prayers answered. Centrally located near Leadenhall Market, Club Quarters Hotel - Gracechurch is graced with a great location close to the London Bridge, the Tower of London and other destinations for work and play.
London calling. Facing the grassy expanse of London's largest public square, Club Quarters Hotel - Lincoln's Inn Fields is situated near Sir John Soane's Museum, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Theatre District.
All the bells and whistles. Next to the iconic dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, Club Quarters - St. Paul is close to the Museum of London, Tate Modern, and the Millennium Bridge.
Go west. Situated in London's well-heeled West End, Club Quarters Hotel - Trafalgar Square is close to Nelson's Column, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the National Gallery.
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