Stay at the Cavendish London for a long or short break during the festive season. From London Christmas markets to ice-skating rinks, to magical twinkling lights down Regent Street to last-minute Christmas shopping, London has it all sorted this festive season.
So, whether you’re visiting London for the first time, or simply taking a mini trip here are our top 10 Christmas experiences to do in London.
London is renowned for its vast array of shops from designer boutiques to High Street favourites. The Cavendish is only a short stroll away from bustling Regent Street and all its festive offerings. Head over to the large department stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and Fortum and Mason to see their intricately detailed window displays. Each year the windows are filled with sparkling, moving and swirling magic alongside their best fashion pieces.
Visit Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland is one of London’s top festive destinations not to miss. The park is filled with amusement rides, circus acts, ice skating, magical ice kingdom and plenty more. Take a short break at the Bavarian Village for a selection of festive favourites; Bratwurst, roast pork or flamed grilled chicken plus the extra cold beer or a warm cup of mulled wine. Whether you are going on a date with family or friends there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The famous giant observation wheel will give you the best view of London’s illumined skyline, so sit back and relax. Winter Wonderland
wouldn’t be complete without a magical ice kingdom showcasing the most unique and mesmerising statues crafted in ice and snow.
Go for Festive Afternoon Tea at The Cavendish London
After a long day of Christmas shopping in the city head over to the Petrichor Restaurant for an extra sparkling bottomless afternoon tea. Priced from £42.50 per person, guests can enjoy festive-themed finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, savouries and pastries. Served with Newby loose leaf tea or coffee and free-flowing Champagne for 90 minutes. The festive afternoon tea is served daily from 1pm until 6pm until 5th January 2020. Booking in advance is advisable during the festive season. To make a booking please contact 020 7389 3500 or email [email protected]
Have a Christmas Kiss Cocktail at Petrichor Bar & Lounge
What’s a Christmas cheer without a festive cocktail! Celebrate the season with a Christmas Kiss cocktail in the Petrichor Bar & Lounge at The Cavendish London. The festive tipple has a mix of Amaretto, Grand Marnier and lemon juice, garnished with cranberries and spring of rosemary. Priced at £10, the cocktail is available until 5th January 2020. The Petrichor Bar & Lounge also offers a wide range of wines, beers and spirits including non-alcoholic beverages and a light snack menu for those looking to peckish while they sip their beverage.
Experience Outdoor Ice Skating
If you fancy doing some ice skating in London during the festive season, here are the top two places to visit. First off head over to the Natural History Museum to experience the thrill of skating against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building surrounded by fairy lights. Somerset House, one of London’s most beautiful ice rink returns to the capital’s quintessential winter destination. The Somerset House also brings special events and exhibitions throughout the season. The Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade showcases a selection of Fortnum’s favourites such as tea, chocolates and beautiful gifts. So, whether you’re a skating pro or just a beginner you will be sure to enjoy the magical skating experience at either one of these ice rinks.
Experience the Christmas Lights Throughout the City
Take a stroll through the city during the festive season for the most beautiful and sparkling decorations you will ever see. London is known as one of the top countries in Europe to have the best Christmas lights and decorations. Walk along Regent Street and embrace the stunning display of angels that soar above the street, not only will it make the perfect Instagram shot but it will give you the Christmas spirit. The famous Oxford Street also brings the festive magic with their 27 LED light curtains draped across the street, a new installation for 2019. Carnaby Street is not only a hot spot for nightlife but during Christmas, the streets transform into a new festive theme. Covent Garden’s central market has a grand Christmas tree decked with twinkling lights, plus other festive displays.
Stay cool at the Ice Bar London
There is no better experience during the winter period that a chilly cocktail in one of London’s top icy bars. In under 10 minutes by foot, there is no need to head over to the Alps during the festive season. From £14 per person, the ice bar ticket includes a coat and gloves to keep you warm plus a cocktail/mocktail served in pre-carved ice glasses. Guests are welcome to stay in the bar for up to 40 minutes to make the most of their experience.
Visit Various Christmas Markets
If you are looking to experience some festive street food and warm mulled wine head over to the London markets. Southbank Centre includes plenty of food and drink offers, dazzling lights with German-style wooden chalets selling gifts and decorations and a range of family workshops. In the heart of London’s tourist district, you cannot miss the sparkling Christmas market in Leicester Square. There are plenty of stalls selling delicious food and drinks and seasonal treats. The Spiegeltent hosts a diverse range of festive shows from fire breathers, girl bands and world-leading drag tributes. The Winter Wonderland draws thousands from far and wide to the city. Its giant observation wheel, outdoor ice rink, German beer tents and magical ice kingdom are only a few to name, plus they have a wide range of wooden chalets selling from gifts, drinks, toys, candy and plenty more.
Head to a West End Show
Experience the magic of Christmas at London West End with some of the most amazing theatre shows. So, whether you’re taking the family out or treating a loved one during the holiday season there will something for everyone to watch. Before you head out to watch the wonderful show why not grab a light dinner. The Petrichor Restaurant offers a pre-theatre menu from only £19 for 2 courses or £24 for 3 courses. If you are looking to book some theatre shows during the festive season, our concierge team will be happy to assist you through your whole stay. If you wish to email them with your requirements and questions, please email [email protected]
Experience a Festive Stay at The Cavendish London
Immerse yourself in the most magical time of the year this Christmas while staying at The Cavendish London hotel. Book your mini break in the heart of Mayfair and Piccadilly, just a short stroll away from London’s most iconic attractions, Christmas markets and shopping destinations for those last-minute gifts. After a long day in the city, head over to Petrichor Restaurant and enjoy a festive dinner with friends and family from £32 per person.
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