Christmas in London isn’t all about mayhem on Oxford Street and teenage shoppers with angry elbows. There’s some great places to go for your festivities. Here’s my run down of the best Christmas spots for 2010. If you’re lucky, you might even get some snow.
Markets at Christmas are so much fun. You can legitimately walk around drinking booze for a start (as long as it’s mulled or spiced, no one will judge you). The Christmas market along South Bank is my favourite, but Covent Garden and Greenwich Indoor Market are also lovely at this time of year. They exude Christmas spirit, and if you don’t see some carol singers, you’re unlucky indeed. Make sure you head to the Slow Food market as well. It starts on the 19th December at Southbank.
Every winter, London turns into a little skating park, with ice rinks at just about every main attraction! The most popular? Somerset House is always huge, and has parties at the weekend. But my favourite? The Natural History Museum is the best spot for Christmassy skating. It’s such a beautiful setting. Grab yourself a hot chocolate and watch the skaters whizzing about if you’d rather stay with your feet on the ground. Then you can have a little look at the dinosaurs as well (they’re not on ice, it’s probably the ice age that killed them, remember? That would be a cruel irony).
Late Night Shopping
Most late night shopping has kicked off now, so if you fancy elbowing people out of the way to buy that last Christmas tree, you’re in luck! I still favour early mornings, but there is something festive about all of those twinkly lights. Marylebone High Street is the best area for this and Alfie’s Antiques Market has a late night shopping party on the 9th.
Carols are so much fun at Christmas. You’ll find singers all over the place throughout the next couple of weeks. Anywhere there’s a square, people will be singing in it. Give them some money, and stroll off with Frosty The Snowman ringing in your ears. Bet you can’t stop yourself from singing along.
And if you want everything all at once: Then head to Winter Wonderland. Christmas markets, ice skating, mulled wine. Even a rollercoaster or three (we all know how festive they are, right?) It’s expensive, it’s tacky and it’s basically aimed at kids to bleed their parents dry. But it’s so beautiful. This place could turn even the biggest Scrooge into a Christmas Fan. You might even get to meet Santa.
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