With just under a week to go until the big day, I can finally get into the full Christmas spirit without fear of been frowned upon by Scrooges (aka Aidan). We have a tree, all of my shopping is done and all there is to do now is to enjoy my first Christmas living in London.
I’ve been to London during the Christmas period, but this is the first time that I will spend the vast majority of the time here (aside from going to see my family on the day) and I’m determined to absolutely make the most of it.
For those of you that have read some of my other posts, you will know by now that when doing anything at all food is always my priority and Christmas is the peak time for edible happiness – particularly here in London. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland can be found in west London near Kensington tube station and is the most popular of London Christmas attractions. Every year it is absolutely huge, filling most of the park with food and drink stalls, rides and various independent stalls; the spectacle is also home to London’s biggest outdoor ice rink.
This year, a smaller version has been created by street food company Street Feast. Known for other street food focused arenas, such as Dinerama in Shoreditch and Hawker House in Canada Water, Winterville (now open on Clapham Common) promises the same and much more, including rides, an ice rink and a roller disco. There is also a full line up of events taking place in the Spiegeltent. We went this weekend, and, even though it was smaller than I expected, it certainly did not disappoint.
Aside from food, London is a highly popular place for shopping. Though its very close to the date now, there’s still time to head into the city to top up stockings and find last minute gifts for family and friends. I did most of mine online this year, but I particularly enjoyed putting together Aidan’s stocking with bits and bobs from various shops along Tottenham Court Road and at London’s favourite Christmas markets including South Bank (which was a definite favourite last year as well).
On my Christmas shopping date last year I also visited the Natural History Museum for some time on the ice. It was stunning; highly decorated and playing Christmas music the whole time, it even had a bar selling mulled wine and various snacks. The popularity of ice rinks over Christmas has exploded over the last few years and other gorgeous rinks this year include those at Somerset House and the Tower of London; they’re definitely a perfect way to make you feel fully in the Christmas spirit.
With so much to do in London over Christmas, it’s hard to fit it all onto one post. I have certainly missed so much out so comment below and who knows where I’ll be next year!