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Christmas markets in London
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park’s massive tribute to festive fun. The Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you’re ready to hear all those songs as you potter. You’ll find handmade gifts and pretty confectionery sold from cute wooden huts.
Christmas is coming to Leicester Square for the second year running, so expect sacks of festive fun and a twinkly, goodtime atmosphere in Central London for 2017. The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to Santa’s grotto, traditional Christmas market, featuring more than 25 food, drink and christmas gift stalls, and a vintage Speigeltent – a velvety, wooden, mirrored home to a stocked programme of Christmas cabaret brought to you from the Underbelly team.
Southbank Centre is a glorious place to be at Christmas, so make sure you pay a visit to this London institution over the festive period. There’ll be pop-ups, activities and all manner of Christmas fun to jolly up your holiday.
Festive playground Winterville is back this year, swapping Victoria Park for Clapham Common for more dancing, eating, laughing, drinking and skating. Expect comedy, club nights, cabaret and live music as well as Christmas markets and ace food from Street Feast
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park’s massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for an eleventh year in 2017. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa’s grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you’re ready to hear all those songs as you potter. Other attractions at Hyde Park’s annual sparkly Christmassy addition include two circuses – ‘ Zippos Christmas Circus’ and ‘Cirque Berserk’. Winter Wonderland’s ice rink, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. Plus the return of the family-friendly ‘Sooty Christmas Show’ with Sweep, Soo and TV’s Richard Cadell all making appearances. This year the Magical Ice Kingdom presents an ‘Deep Sea Adventure’ – an immersive walk through experience filled with ice, snow sculptures and a bubble wall. Along with the 60-metre observation wheel, rollercoasters and fairground rides will keep thrill seekers happy. A good alternative for those who prefer to stay on solid ground are the selection of themed bars with real fires, except for the Ice Bar (for obvious structural reasons) where even the glasses you drink from are made of ice.
The banks of the River Thames are home to the annual Christmas by the River market once again in 2017. It’s a festive winner, with views of Tower of London and Tower Bridge and an ace combination of homemade gifts and delicious food, sold from German-style chalets. Get your mitts on handmade crafts from 68 independent traders and peruse pop-up food stalls and bars serving Christmas cocktails, mulled wine, hot cider and craft beers.
Move over Winter Wonderland, there’s a new Christmas experience in town: Greewnich Wintertime Festival, a snowy festive takeover of the world heritage-listed Old Royal Naval College, located right beside the Cutty Sark. The space in front of the riverside building will have a covered ice rink, and a Christmas market filled with contemporary craft and design stalls.
Have a very Scandi Christmas with the help of this traditional fair selling all sorts of festive Swedish treats, crafts and gifts. A pop-up café in the church hall will serve open sandwiches with meatballs and cheese and the Swedes’ take on mulled wine: glögg.
Do your Christmas shopping away from the aggro of central London at this maker’s market upstairs at the Ritzy.
New years fireworks
One of the most luxurious New Year’s Eve parties in London for the fireworks, join this dashing night as you night only start with a delicious meal at Cafe Rouge St Katherine’s Dock, you make your way down the Thames for a cruise on the Star Clipper as the clock strikes midnight.
Is there anywhere as iconic as The Shard? See in NYE in style at the venue, with uninterrupted views of the fireworks, drinks and an amazing atmosphere.
Drink, dance and dine in style at this Great Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party at Sky Garden. Soak up the opulence of the age with luscious greenery, spectacular city views, and great live music
Watch all the firework action from the water as this cruise takes you on a five-hour trip along the Thames. Jump aboard the boat and enjoy a buffet, unlimited drinks and a stellar view of all the action
With five incredible retro rooms, this New Year’s Eve party at Southbank has something for everyone. Jive and shake to 1920s swing music, rock out with a live band and catch the fireworks on the terrace
Make your way over to one of the best New Year’s Eve parties of the year as you not only indulge in a top meal at Cafe Rouge, you’ll be boarding the Star Clipper for a night on the Thames as the clock strikes 12, and the fireworks come out to play
ElectronicSessions’ amazing boat party will not only park itself up by the London Eye to deliver the best view for Europe’s biggest fireworks display, but throw one of the biggest bashes down the Thames all night and until the early hours.
Hop aboard Amor’s boat for an amazing New Year’s Eve boat party, with a great view of the fireworks on the Thames, before dancing the night away at the afterparty till the early hours.