While there is no snow colouring the city white, London is proving itself to be full of joy this December. From Christmas markets with mulled wine and many more delights, to endless decorations lighting up the entirety of the city and numerous ice skating rinks – the Christmas spirit is never-ending. Here are my top five recommendations for you to try this December:
Go for a wander by the Thames and explore the Christmas Market on the Southbank
This year, Southbank has arguably outdone itself and been noted for its wonderful Christmas Market along the Thames. This is a perfect opportunity to get a cup of mulled wine to warm your hands, try some of the many food stands, including the Yorkshire wrap stand, and the infinite sweet options such as crepes.
Eat food at Borough Market (or buy presents!)
Ever since moving to London for university, Borough Market has acted as a constant staple of my time here, and their Christmas spirit this December only reinforces that. Whilst my visits are mostly limited to a croissant from Comptoir Gourmand and an oat flat white from Colombian Coffee Company, Borough Market is full of options. Not only does the market provide you with the perfect place to go for a walk with friends or family to create everlasting memories, but also with some unique gift ideas.
Explore the endless light displays across the city
Whilst Southbank and other locations such as Trafalgar Square have delivered a variety of Christmas Market stands, the centre of the city itself is lit up by endless lights and decorations. If you simply want to go for a stroll and feel immersed in the Christmas spirit – Regent Street and Covent Garden are the places to go! Although London has infinite Christmas displays. From shining stars and big snow flakes to numerous Christmas trees, every corner is covered from top to bottom.
Go ice skating
Despite the infinite decorations that are displayed throughout the city, you can’t celebrate the festive period without ice skating: something both Somerset House and the Queen’s House provide ideal locations for. At Somerset House you will find yourself surrounded by the breath taking architecture which looks splendid with the sunsetting earlier at this time of the year. Similarly, at the Queen’s House, you can skate with Canary Wharf in the background as you create your Christmas memories for the year.
“Walking in a Winter Wonderland!”
Winter Wonderland is a basic staple of Christmas in London, but one you should experience at least once in your time here. From the second you step into the park, you are met with countless rides to try, numerous food stands with a focus on German specialities such as Bratwursts and crepes, and overall just a good atmosphere. Winter Wonderland provides the perfect platform for you to go as a big group wanting to explore the different flavours of Christmas together.
Enjoy exploring and have a Merry Christmas!
By Inger Hansen