If you’re lucky enough to spend the holidays in London, you won’t want to miss out on all of the spectacular happenings throughout the city. Make the most of your vacation, and add the following festive ideas to your travel itinerary!
Skate at Somerset House
The Somerset House is situated on the south side of the Strand and overlooks the famous River Thames. The Georgian building surrounds an extraordinary courtyard, and during the holiday season, it’s transformed into an elaborate ice-skating rink. Fans of the popular British Christmas film, Love Actually, can spot the ice rink in the opening credits of the film! Strap on your skates and enjoy an afternoon in the ice, then warm up with a cozy beverage in the nearby Skate Lounge.
Enjoy the Beautiful Trees
For those who celebrate Christmas, embrace the holiday spirit by exploring London’s collection of Christmas trees! Visit Trafalgar Square to see an enormous spruce tree complete with lights and fanciful ornaments. Stop by Claridge’s, known for its high-end, fashion-forward Christmas tree designs. Last year, the hotel featured a 16-foot-tall tree (designed by Karl Lagerfeld) turned completely upside down!
‘Tis the season of gift-giving, and there’s no better place to shop for presents than London! Explore the open-air markets throughout the city and fill your bag with homemade gifts and local finery. Spend the day at Harrod’s, the shopping capital, or make the trip to Liberty London for timeless accessories and beauty must-haves. End your spree at Dover Street Market, exploring London’s most luxurious designers and brands!
For Harry Potter fans, no trip to London is complete without a visit to the Warner Brothers Studios. From November to January 2019, fans can experience Christmas in the Wizarding World! Explore the Great Hall, adorned with Christmas trees and holiday finery. Take a selfie in the Gryffindor common room, and discover how film-makers created fire, ice, and snow for the films!
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