Guide To A Festive Day Out in London
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… or is it? If you’re anything like us, the season of peace, love and goodwill more often than not turns into the season of last minute present buying, stressful work schedules and an endless sea of Christmas parties. See our pick of the best festive days out in London and a day out this weekend – you’ll be in the Christmas spirit in no time.
1. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Full of festive cheer, Winter Wonderland is a must visit for most Londoners at this time of year, with a huge ice skating rink, fairground rides, raucous beerhalls (how many steins can you handle? We gave up after two) and ungodly amounts of German sausage. Ride the dodgems, treat yourself to a hogroast or step into the Magical Ice Kingdom, where you’ll enter a wintery world of impressive icy stalagmites.
2.Sofitel Festive Afternoon Tea, The Rose Lounge, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN
Throughout December, the elegant Sofitel London St James is serving an exclusive seasonal afternoon tea complete with cocktails inspired by the four best-selling Penhaligon’s scents; Endymion, Juniper Sling, Peoneve and Artemisia. To match the theme, Head Chef Vincent Ménager has created some delectable scones with rose scented jam, cardamom scented brûlée tartlets and pear mousse snow balls with violet flakes. A choice of delightful festive desserts is on offer, too – the tiny gingerbread men perched on pumpkin cake stole our hearts, and were absolutely delicious! This, my friends, is the epitome of a girly afternoon – grab a few quiet hours with your best friend and snooze by candlelight as a harpist plays Christmas tunes… bliss.
3. Southbank Centre Christmas Market, Southbank Centre, City of London, SE1 8XX
The traditional German-style wooden huts of the Southbank Centre Christmas Market return to Queen’s walk along the river (between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye), selling toys and gifts, food and drink, including Glühwein, Bratwurst and gingerbread. Twice a day, choirs arrive to sing carols and Christmas songs- ahh!
4. Ice At The Tower, Tower of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB
Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink offers views of this incredible ancient fortress (the history of the tower is impressive – Anne Boleyn was beheaded here!) Ice guides are available for supervised group skating (£32 per session). As with fellow Historic Royal Palace Hampton Court, sessions last an hour and wheelchairs are welcome on the ice except during the last session of the day. It gets very busy, so online booking is advised – you have been warned!
Amy @ FashionBite xx