Visit London’s pick of the top Christmas experiences yule not want to miss this season
30 November 2020
Read on for a selection of festive experiences for the little ones and the not-so-little ones to enjoy from Wednesday
Once national lockdown restrictions are lifted on 2 December, step out and explore the best city in the world without crowds and tick off some of the top things to do in London this festive season.
You'll find unique, iconic and unusual Christmas activities at venues across the capital, each with secure safety measures in place: from pre-booked slots and socially distanced seats, to one-way systems and hand-sanitising stations.
Don’t forget to show your love for the capital by using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag as you enjoy Christmas in London.
Food and drink
Enjoy the best of the capital’s outdoor dining scene with these cosy experiences:
- Enjoy the best alfresco winter dining in the heart of the West End at Fallow and Heddon Street Kitchen at Heddon Street’s heated courtyard. (from 2 Dec)
- Indulge and celebrate the festive season in style at one of London’s most iconic locations at Igloos at Somerset House. Tickets from £37.50 (3 Dec-1 Jan)
- Dust off those snow boots, because Jimmy Garcia’s Lodge on the River winter pop-up is back with a taste of the Swiss Alps at Southbank Centre. Lunch and evening 3 course menu for £45 (3 Dec-10 Jan)
- Get cosy in Coppa Club's heated igloos set against the backdrop of iconic Tower Bridge amidst twinkling lights. (2 Dec-31 Jan)
- Sip delicious winter warmers while enjoying stunning views of London on the Winter Bar Bus. Adult tickets are £25 (from 4 Dec)
There is a splendid array of Christmas shows to enjoy in London’s West End:
- Celebrate musical theatre and the festive season with the limited run of West End Musical Christmas – live at the Palace Theatre. Tickets from £38.50 (17-20 Dec)
- Watch Love Actually in Concert with a live orchestra at Eventim Apollo. Tickets from £65 (17-20 Dec)
- Enjoy drag, cabaret and innuendo with The Pleasance Theatre's Queer Christmas Cabaret Season. Tickets are £20 (8-22 Dec)
- Watch Tchaikovsky's enchanting Nutcracker Delights, an altered version of top scenes from the Nutcracker, performed by the English National Ballet at The London Coliseum. Tickets from £10 (17 Dec-3 Jan)
- Delve into the heartwarming stories shared by former doctor Adam Kay at his hilarious show reciting his fond memories in Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are £20 (21 Dec-3 Jan)
See some of London’s most famous attractions dressed up in their finest winter clothes:
- Get your perfect shot for Instagram at Tate Britain's Chila Kumari Singh Burman winter commission (until 31 Jan), before seeing the works of one of Britain’s greatest artists with Turner's Modern World. Tickets are free for members, £22 for non-members (until 7 Mar)
- See the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London decked out for Christmas with Hogwarts in the Snow. Family ticket for £150 (3 Dec-17 Jan)
- Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland with Christmas at Kew at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. Standard advance ticket is £19.50 (4 Dec-17 Jan)
- Marvel at the magnificent Christmas decorations as Windsor Castle is given a festive makeover fit for a queen. Adult ticket is £23.50 (3 Dec-4 Jan)
- Explore Selfridges’ first-ever festive open-air market behind its Oxford Street flagship store. Market on the Mews will feature a variety of food trucks, plants, homeware and gifts. Free (opens 2 Dec)
Festive family fun
Keep the kids entertained while waiting for Santa to arrive:
- Go on a journey of discovery to find the most sparkly Christmas lights in the city, from Regent Street, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street to Seven Dials and Bond Street. Free (varying dates)
- Enjoy The Magic of Christmas at ZSL London Zoo for craft activities, film screenings and festive animal-themed fun. Standard advance adult ticket is £32.50 (3-24 Dec)
- Hop on board an Original Christmas Kids Tour where they will discover stories of London at Christmas. Adult tickets from £15 (from 5 Dec)
- Experience the magic of the festive season with Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall including story-time with Father Christmas. Tickets from £16.50 (4-18 Dec)
- Enjoy magnificent views of Henry VIII's residence at the Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Adult tickets from £16 (5 Dec-17 Jan)
For more information on what to see and do in the capital this Christmas: visitlondon.com/christmas
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Businesses across the city are backing the campaign by sharing the marketing creative across their social media, websites and in-store. Londoners are encouraged to use the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag as they rediscover their city over Christmas.
In this way, London and Londoners are coming together to showcase the city’s resilience and bright hopes for the future.
The Christmas phase of the campaign features a whole range of London’s leisure businesses, most of which are now open to visit (from 2 Dec).
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