The Most Magical Things to Do in London This Christmas

Tower bridge

Few cities do Christmas quite like London. A stroll down Oxford Street on a December evening reveals a wonderland of festive shop window displays, sparkling Christmas lights, and the occasional stall selling roasted chestnuts and candied nuts.

If you’re thinking of visiting the capital this festive season, here’s some of the most magical activities to enjoy with family and friends.

The Best Christmas Activities in London

Royal Albert Hall

Christmas Carol Singalong – Royal Albert Hall.

On the 13th December, you’re cordially invited to ‘raise the roof’ at the Royal Albert Hall, and join in a festive carol singalong. The concert features all the classics, such as ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, and is the perfect event to get you in the festive mood.


Skating at ChristmasGet your skates on.

Each year, you’ll find an array of ice-skating rinks across the city, in various beautiful historic locations. Hyde Park is home to the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, or alternatively, you can skate by the elegant Victorian architecture of the Natural History Museum, or even take to the ice at the Tower of London – the choice is yours!


Tea at FortnumsFortnum & Mason’s Christmas tea.

For a taste of quintessentially British decadence, book an afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, followed by a leisurely browse through their food halls. Then try to resist the temptation to take home one of their beautiful Christmas hampers! (  Insider tip: if you are going to the theatre early evening, a delicious English tea is a wonderful solution for feeding the children before a show).  Visit the Fortnum & Mason website today.


Father Christmas at HamleysFather Christmas at Hamleys.

There’s no better place to take the children this Christmas than the world’s most famous toy shop, Hamleys. As part of the experience, children can spend up to an hour with Santa himself, take part in some seasonal activities, eat some festive snacks and receive a goody bag too.  To explore their online range, simply visit the Hamleys website today.



Elf The MusicalElf the musical.

‘Elf’ remains one of the most popular Christmas films in the country, and Elf the Musical captures the heart-warming, hilarious essence of the story perfectly. Make the day even more special by booking a pre-theatre lunch in one of the surrounding restaurants – many offer special menus for theatre-goers.