London Christmas markets
You don’t have to go to Zagreb to witness the festivities of Christmas markets. Here in London, there are many spots where you can grab a mulled wine or take a festive stroll surrounded by Christmas inspired merchandise. Here is the breakdown of the top Christmas markets to visit near our apartments:
Southbank Centre Winter Festival near Chandos Place apartments in Covent Garden.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland near Marylebone Apartments in Marylebone.
traditional market and “vintage” in Leicester Square near Burleigh Mansion apartments in Leicester Square.
Christmas market at the Tate Modern near Burleigh Mansion apartments in Leicester Square.
Real Food Market at King’s Cross St Pancras near Euston Kings Cross apartments in Kings Cross.
Winterville in Victoria Park near Brushfield Street apartments in Bishopsgate.
Christmas at Borough Market near Pepys Street apartments in Tower Hill.
Hyper Japan Christmas Market near 140 Minories in Whitechapel.
Where to meet Santa Claus
Do your children still believe in Santa Claus? No problem!
There are many Santa Claus’ waiting for you in London. Harrods is definitely worth visiting during Christmas, it’s a great place to admire the beautiful Christmas decorations but also a great place to talk with Santa Claus himself. To top it off, all children who visit Santa are given a gift.
Santa Claus can also be visited in Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, along with a themed path made of ice and snow sculptures (the Magical Ice Kingdom). Finally, you cannot miss the path on Santa’s sleigh through the skies of the North Pole along with Sherk and Donkey at
Whilst you cannot miss the path of Santa’s sleigh through the skies of the North Pole, along with Shrek and Donkey at DreamWorks Dreamplace.
You see, Satna can be found in every corner of London. But if you don’t fancy visiting any of the above Santa Grotto’s, then you can also meet Santa Claus at Kew Gardens, the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London Zoo, the Horniman Museum and Canary Wharf Jubilee Place Mall.
What to do in London on Christmas Day
On Christmas Day public transport will not be on duty and most shops will be closed.
However, that doesn’t mean London has nothing to offer.
Given the lively and sparkling atmosphere, you can take the opportunity to make an open-air around the city, by foot or even by bicycle, to admire the Christmas lights. You certainly can also take a trip to Christmas markets or wear shoes.
If you can not stand the cold air, you could grab lunch at one of the many pubs and restaurants offering a Christmas Lunch. Beware and do your research in advanced though, as many pubs and restaurants require you to book a table prior to Christmas day.
Most museums are closed, except for the Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Piccadilly Circus. Whilst if you love sports, you can not beat the Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park, the annual race starring the qualified members of the Serpentine Swimming
Whilst if you love sports, you can’t beat the Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park, the annual race starring the qualified members of the Serpentine Swimming Club. Bring a picnic and a flask of hot chocolate, whilst you watch them swim.
Boxing Day in London
London is well known for its boxing day sales. Head to Oxford Street for a mixture of highstreet and high-end brands, Regent Street for designer goods or Knightsbridge for Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
By Orianna Rosa Royle