In association with London Executive Offices
From the lights that twinkle along Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, to the abundance of gingerbread and cinnamon in every café and this year’s Christmas tree display in Trafalgar Square; London is magical in December.
While we may never get a white Christmas, the city is brimming with beauty at this time of year. So here are a few festivities to enjoy in London until January.
Crafty Fox Market
Every year Crafty Foxes are sighted in South and East London, with markets in Brixton and Peckham that are a cut above the typical souvenirs you can get at your regular Christmas market. There are perfect opportunities for crafty folk and foodies at the 60+ independent art and craft stalls which change daily. If shopping gets a little dull, there are plenty of chances to sit down with a mulled wine and mince pie, or get your hands dirty at one of the many family friendly craft workshops – this year including screen printing. If you can’t make the day, this year there’s an evening market at the Museum of London Docklands, offering all of the above as well as a scavenger hunt, DJ sets, and a Santa’s Grotto for grown-ups.
Ice Skating at Somerset House
Of all the various ice skating rinks that pop up in the festive season, from the Natural History Museum to Winterville, Somerset House takes the cake. As dusk falls, the beautiful 19th century architecture is illuminated with changing light displays, and any type of ice skating is catered for. It holds regular skating school sessions for ages 8+, for all ability levels; as well as Club Nights featuring sets from Ministry of Sound. If you get tired, or simply prefer spectating, Fortnum’s Lodge becomes an aprés-skate bar, dishing out warming gluhwein and grub until late. There’s also a Fortnum & Mason pop-up shop for stocking up on luxury gifts.
Drinks In the London Ice Bar
It’s easy to get a good drink in London, so it’s no wonder that anyone who’s anyone is looking for a bar that goes the extra mile. That includes the Ice Bar – highly recommended for workplace Christmas drinks by London Executive Offices. It’s got the perfect winter novelty factor, with everything from the walls to your glass made from ice, harvested from the Torne River in Northern Sweden. It looks and feels cool, with decor including a 1 tonne ice skull-pture and a hand-carved studded front to the bar. Booking is necessary, with thick gloves and a thermal cape provided on entry to keep you warm and toasty. You will also each receive a free drink upon paid entry into the Ice bar that is quaintly served in a crafted ice cube glass.
Dickens after Dark
Our Christmas today would be nothing if it weren’t for Charles Dickens, whose popularity in his own lifetime resulted in his writing many timeless Christmas stories, leaving his mark forever. The Dickens Museum really gets into the spirit of things, offering a huge range of events for literary Londoners. All over December the museum – a preservation of Dickens’ 19th century family home – hosts costumed, candlelit tours as well as theatrical productions of A Christmas Carol, alongside film screenings, drinks, and nibbles.
What do you think are the best festive things to do in London at Christmas? Leave your comments and let us know.
Until next time x