London The capital of Christmas
London comes alive at Christmas like no other city. Its bright lights are dazzling, its festive offerings plentiful. The streets bustle with busy shoppers, and delicious aromas fill the air from the bountiful festive food markets. Christmas shows take over the theatres and ice rinks can be found around most corners.
With so many things to do in London this season, we couldn't resist compiling a post of some of our favourites. Read on for the full lowdown. Be warned: things are about to get Christmassy.
Winter Wonderland is a staple part of any Londoner's Christmas. Not just one for the locals though, people flock from far and wide each year to experience the magic of this other-worldly experience. And it is, quite literally, a world unto itself. Sprawling across Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is huge. From epic rollercoasters for the thrill-seekers, to quaint market stalls for the traditionalists, it's got something for everyone. There's also a Bavarian tent that serves steins of beer, delicious Bratwurst, and a healthy portion of cheesy Christmas music. People come here after a hard day's work of ice skating, circus-watching and rollercoaster-riding to get merry and dance.
If you're looking into hotels in London for an overnight stay, don't forget to check what's on at the theatre too. There's bound to be something that's up your street, from festive pantomime to family classics. Here's some of our favourite theatre showing this festive season:
Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, Dominion Theatre
When: Now until 3rd Jan 2015
Why: This festive adaptation of the classic film is a true winter heart-warmer. It's a must-see for those that love a bit of old-school Hollywood glamour.
The Nutcracker, London Coliseum
When: 11th Dec 2014 - 4th Jan 2015
Why: An enchanted story of magic and adventure, performed by the English National Ballet in the London Coliseum. Need we say more?
Edward Scissorhands, Sadler Wells Theatre
When: Now until 11 Jan 2014
Why: New Adventure's production of the Tim Burton cult classic offers a truly atmospheric experience for all ages. This is a touching, gothic fairy tale that will stay with you for a while.
Borough Market is a foodie's heaven. And at Christmas, it's even more spectacular than usual. Browse through stall after stall of delicious food - if you're lucky, you may even get offered a few tasters. Walk through the tantalising aromas of steaming hot dishes from around the world. Then get to know the best of British produce, from delicious cheeses to world famous charcuteries. And at this time of year, why not grab a warming cup of mulled wine to carry around with you. You can't get much more festive than that.
The bright lights of London
London positively sparkles come this time of year. First there are the giant glittering baubles that hang gracefully above Oxford Street. Walking along Regent Street, shoppers are engulfed in festive displays left, right and centre, with an array of lights twinkling above. And then there's Bond Street, which is ultra glamourous at the best of times. At Christmas, bright sprays of light line its pavements, resembling giant, glistening peacock feathers. Finally, don't forget to check out Harrods' impressive window display. Haunting hues of blue and purple form the backdrop to a pirouetting ballerina. With Stella McCartney's input clearly present, this one's not to miss.
London presents something magical around every corner at Christmas time. From the thriving Winter Wonderland, to quieter corners of twinkling lights and good food, it is festivity at its best. So wrap up warm and head to the big city. It really is the capital of Christmas.