How to have the best ever time ever in the capital at Christmas time
From the tinselled DIY markets in Dalston to a snowy popup cinema in Notting Hill, there’s a lot for students in the capital to get up to this Christmas.
And with this handy little guide you can find a selection of the best of those bajillion things to do. Buy presents. Stroll markets. Sing carols. It’s exciting stuff. So read on to find out more.
Best things to do in London
The variety of Christmas markets in London is as vast as those festive treats your gran keeps in the cupboard. There’s all different kinds and with their own flavour, and some are quite surprising.
For the arty types there is the DIY Market in Dalston, Hackney. Here you can get all sorts of left-of-field presents – zines, mixtapes, and handpuppets – the sort of stuff you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
2) Festive places to go
Want to get into the spirit? There are plenty of festive surprises all over the city.
Just one example is Trafalgar Square, where the city puts up a big Christmas tree each year – did you know Norway donates the tree to recognise and honour our support during the war? It’s been coming here every year since 1947.
Winterville – A winter village in Victoria Park with a fairground and party tents
Carol singing – There are plenty of places to belt out some Christmas bangers this year
Ice rink – A beautiful ice rink set up outside the Natural History Museum
Hogwarts – Warner Brothers’ studio tour made extra festive and extra wizardy
3) Eats and Drinks
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the mince pies, pigs in blankets and mulled wine. So you should get your hands on these or similar treats to do the season right.
Luckily this year there’s a whole of bunch places where you can satisfy the desire for delicious:
Mince Pies – Bea’s of Bloomsbury mince pies are just the best. Get them in branches across London
Foodhall – Bars, restaurants and beautiful surroundings make Selfridges’ foodhall a must visit
Food markets – Leadenhall Market is a restored Victorian market stuffed with great food for every budget
4) Go to shows
It’s a wonderful life. And there’s plenty on show to celebrate this Christmas, so no matter what your preferences are London has you covered.
From Mother Goose to Ballet Shoes, have a look at some of our favourite options:
Pantomime – Throw your serious face away and lighten up for a night at the panto
Royal Opera House – See grand tales of love, life and adventure with high production values too
Popupscreens – A festive cinema in Notting Hill showing a selection of cherished classics
Most amazing Christmas
Stocked with this list we reckon you’ll have more fun than you can shake a candy cane at. From the markets to the ice rinks, there are a lot of memories for you to make.