We have selected some of the best Christmas events and activities in London for you to take a date to over the Christmas period. Whether you want to skate around an ice rink to music, sample delicious Christmas food or go on a romantic walk around the city, there is something for you and your date. Dates to suit all pockets!
What: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
When: 18th November 2011 – 3rd January 2012
Where: Hyde Park, London, W2
How much: Free to walk around, prices vary for rides and attractions
The UK’s most spectacular winter event returns to Hyde Park for the 5th year running with FREE admission and even more entertainment and new attractions. With 500,000 Bratwursts on order and 330,000 cups of mulled wine ready to be served, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is set to be a fantastic day out for everyone, so be sure to book your tickets early and make Winter Wonderland part of your Christmas tradition.
Visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland website
What: The Covent Garden Real Food Market
When: Every Thursday to Saturday throughout December 2011
Where: East Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF
How much: Free to walk around
Piping hot chocolate… moreish mince pies… rich roasted chestnuts. Do we have your attention? Covent Garden’s Real Food Market is turning all festive – naturally – and stalls packed with Christmas treats will be luring in foodies from far and wide. From 24th November to Christmas Eve the Real Food Market is held from Thursday to Saturday on the East Piazza. Expect irresistible smells wafting through the air and a relaxed atmosphere as you sample some of the goods on offer.
Visit the Covent Garden website
What: The Underground Film Club
When: Every until December 18th 2011
Where: The Dorfman Hub, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8EH
How much: From £9.90 per ticket
Underground Film Club is the exciting new film experience from the creators of this summers No.1 outdoor screening blockbuster the Rooftop Film Club.
From the skies to the underground we fly with screenings of classic, cult and recent film releases in the totally unique setting of ‘The Dorfman Hub’ at the legendary Roundhouse. Book now to get your tickets!
What: Skate at Somerset House
When: From now until January 22nd 2012
Where: Somerset House, The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
How much: From £7.50 per person
The grand courtyard at Somerset House provides this 900-metre-square ice rink with one of the most impressive skating backdrops in town. The skate school offers lessons for beginners and there are special sessions for children and disabled people, as well as late-night skates and club nights (Thur-Sat) with DJs. Tom’s Skate Lounge, a rinkside bar and lounge open to both ticket and non ticket holders, serves drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Visit the Somerset House website
What: La Soirée
When: Wednesday 23 November 2011 – Sunday 29 January 2012
Where: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8EH
How much: From £15 per person
A theatrical phenomenon, a unique and inspirational night of live entertainment, La Soirée’s heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety has taken the world by storm. Showcasing the crème de la crème of twisted cabaret entertainers from around the world, including stars of the Olivier-Award winning La Clique, La Soirée is an international sensation.
Visit the La Soirée website
What: The Royal Observatory
When: Saturday 26 November, Saturday 3 December and Saturday 10 December
Where: Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, SE10 8XJ
How much: From £6.50
Think of a planetarium as a tour bus of the Universe taking you on amazing journeys to explore and experience the wonders of the night sky. Combining real images from spacecraft and telescopes with advanced CGI, all projected onto a fully immersive dome, the planetarium can fly you into the heart of the Sun, transport you to distant galaxies, show you the birth of a star or land you on Mars.
What: London at Christmas Walk
When: Mon, Wed & Sat 7pm throughout December
Where: Starts at the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, ends near Bond Street Tube Station
How much: £15 per person
A magical night-time tour of central London’s Christmas illuminations and displays. London as you’ve never seen it before!