‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there aren’t too many places jollier than London. Ok, so we might not get a white Christmas, but there are so many things to do and see during the season of Santa, we imagine snow will be the last thing on your mind. So, sit back, get merry and discover what makes England’s capital a magical winter wonderland.
This actual winter wonderland is in Hyde Park, one of London’s eight Royal Parks. The Wonderland is full of features, including a Christmas market, mulled wine and bratwurst, live music, an ice rink and plenty of exciting fairground rides. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland runs until January 3rd.
That’s right; you don’t even need to spend any money to enjoy this Christmassy experience. It’s that time of year when shop windows are filled with sumptuous decorations, so expect to see snazzy Xmas balls, extravagant trees, sleighs and more than a few Santas styling a pose for passers-by. We recommend visiting Selfridges‘ shop windows for the best of the best when it comes to Xmas decorations.
Kew Gardens is impressive thanks to the botanical gardens. However, it’s even better at Christmas time with Christmas at Kew, an evening winter trail designed to capture the magic of Christmas. There’s tree canopies covered in Xmas colours, waterside reflections with illuminated fountains, a fire garden and plenty of Christmas paths to follow.
Nothing captures the spirit of Christmas quite like a spot of ice skating. This iconic ice rink is on the grounds of the Tower of London and set to the backdrop of the capital. Once you’ve skated until you can skate no more, visit Eis Haus, an on-site bar with ice sculptures, a real ice bar, an ice cave, ice throne and some top DJs at the weekend.
The main attraction might be an ice rink, but we promise you’ll be just as excited by the maze. It’s London’s largest Christmas tree maze, features over 500 Nordmann fir Christmas trees and spans 500 square meters. When you get to the centre, make sure you take a picture with the grand Christmas tree.
This traditional ski lodge located at the Montague on the Gardens hotel brings an authentic Alps experience to the heart of the capital. There are falling snowflakes, fairy lights, reindeer and pine trees on offer – and you can even enjoy a selection of European food and drinks.
London’s status as one of the most exciting places in the world to enjoy the theatre puts it in good stead for a Christmas production or two. There are plenty of shows happening all around the capital, incorporating the spirit of Christmas with some standout performances. Take the whole family and enjoy a festive day out.
Fairy-lit huts, check. Mulled wine, check. Plenty of treats and gifts, check. The Southbank Centre is known as a cultural and artistic hub, and it’s no different at Christmas time. Other attractions at the festival include a Scandinavian tent where you can sip on tasty drinks and enjoy a snack, and NoFit State, the UK’s leading circus company.
No matter what you’re doing for the festive season, everyone at Rentonomy would like to wish you all a happy holiday, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year with lots of new blogs to help London’s renters become better acquainted with the capital. See you in the new year, folks.December 20, 2016 rentonomy Topical