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Alternative Christmas attractions in London

Want to get into the festive spirit in London but don’t want to fight through the crowds to get a luke warm mulled wine at the usual tourist traps (we’re thinking Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park)? Then read our list of top hidden Christmas gems in London, they’ll be sure to give you that festive feeling, santa-lovers and scrooges alike:

  1. Night Tales: Old Street, Shoreditch, EC2ANight Tales is a pop-up cocktail, music and food party that covers a vast Shoreditch car park and features wild gardens, private chalets, three concept bars, log fires and a huge canopy to protect from the cold winter vibes. Top-notch Food is available such as burgers from Patty & Bun and pizza from Voodoo Ray’s. Read more here.
  2. Le Chalet Bar and Restaurant, Selfridges: Oxford Street, W1A 1ABNothing will make you more hungry (or thirsty) than a long day Christmas shopping, so why not finish your trip with a festive dinner at Le Chalet. Le Chalet, is the extraordinary new winter rooftop restaurant concept at Selfridges where you can enjoy an alpine inspired candle-lit dinner or perch at the bar for a glass of mulled wine. Read more here.
  3. Skating at the Natural History Museum: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BDIce skating in London has become the obligatory Christmas outing but to really get that festive feeling, visit the ice rink outside the stunning building of the Natural History Museum. You’ll be able to skate around the Christmas tree and enjoy a hot chocolate from the café. Read more here.
  4. Winterville: Victoria Park, E3 5SNWinterville is London’s newest independent Christmas kingdom, described as the antithesis of corporate Christmas theme parks. Victoria Park will be host to a pop-up Christmas town full of entertainment; from the obligatory ice rink, to a Santas grotto, roller disco and dedicated street food market. Read more here.
  5. Christmas Tea at Claridge’s: Mayfair, W1K 4HRIf you’re feeling a little indulgent why not treat yourself to the festive afternoon tea at Claridge’s hotel. You’ll enjoy an array of Christmas themed finger sandwiches, pastires and puddings all washed down with a glass of champagne. You’ll also get a glimpse of the hotel’s famous Christmas tree that this year, was designed by Dolce & Gabbana. Read more here.
  6. The Christmas Tree Maze: Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5HYA first this year, Ice Skate Vauxhall, have created London’s largest Christmas tree maze with over 500 Nordic Fir Christmas trees! Each tree is draped with sparkling lights and together cover almost 500 square metres of the Pleasure Gardens for you to explore. Read more here.
  7. Piste Nightclub: Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AZSave some cash and get that alpine après ski feeling closer to home by visiting the basement nightclub at Archer Street. From the moment you enter Piste, you’ll be transported to an alpine retreat where you can drink festive cocktails and dance to the resident DJ and singing staff. Read more here.
  8. Nordic Yule Fest: The Old Shoreditch Station, Shoreditch, E2 8AAThe enchanted Nordic Yule Fest is a pop up bar and restaurant in Shoreditch. The studio has been transformed into a Scandinavian winter wonderland lined with silver birch trees where you can enjoy a brunch or dinner, sip Christmas cocktails and dance in the candlelight. Read more here.
  9. Christmas Light Trail: Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AUHead down to Hampton Court and you’ll be able to explore the Palace gardens by night, lit as you’ve never seen them before with an interactive trail. Responsive lights will allow you to bring the trees to life and a stunning spectacle on the front of the palace will react to audience movement. Read more here.

Why not visit a few of our attractions in one day to have a fun filled Christmassy outing. A trip to Winterville, tea at Claridge’s, followed by some ice skating and dinner on the roof at Selfridges – it doesn’t get more festive!

December 5, 2014 rentonomy Topical