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Festive things to do in London

by Dinah Hatch (October 2015)

Festive things to do in London

Yes, yes, we know it’s only November but if you want to enjoy England’s capital city at Christmas then it is wise to book ahead! Somehow London excels itself come December, with hundreds of events and activities to enjoy, from chatting with Santa to boozing in a real ski lodge. Here’s a few of our favourite things to do to get us in the mood for the Man in Red’s big visit….


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The Strand Palace (Hotel)

372 Strand, London

The Strand Palace, 372 Strand, London, London

See a show Oh come on, who doesn’t like to hiss and boo at the baddies at a good old British panto or swoon with delight at a traditional festive fairy tale? Whether it’s a West End rendition of a Dickens classic or a double-entendre filled panto, this is an activity that’s bound to get everyone in the mood for the holiday season and London has got some crackers lined up this year. From Elf The Musical at Covent Garden to The Nutcracker On Ice at the Old Vic, there are masses of shows to tickle your fancy. How about new musical Wonderland, based on Lewis Carroll’s work, at the Olivier Theatre or Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hackney Empire. Stay: The Strand Palace is a quick stroll over Waterloo Bridge to the Old Vic and is a London institution. Once the owner of the fanciest hotel entrance in London, its grand revolving doors were so ornate that they are now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. These days it’s more about the location than the lobby and you could not be more central than this, with the theatres and bars of Covent Garden just along the street.

Chase Lodge Hotel (Small Hotel / Inn)

10 Park Road, Hampton Wick, Kingston upon Thames

Chase Lodge Hotel, 10 Park Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

Take to the ice… Ice skating rinks pop up all over the capital come December but there can’t be many in more beautiful a setting than Hampton Court Palace. The rink offers amazing views of the redbrick Tudor frontage of King Henry’s VIIIth dazzling palace on the banks of the River Thames so stick on your ear muffs and cosy jumper and take a spin. Winter drinks and festive snacks await you at the Ice Bar and Café after your invigorating skate – a perfect Christmas evening…. Stay at: The Chase Lodge Hotel sits in the 500-year-old village of Hampton Wick, a very short drive from Hampton Court Palace. Just 12 carefully designed rooms with gorgeous period furniture and fabrics make this is an intimate little stayover – and you are minutes from the bars and restaurants of Kingston and the acres of grounds of Bushy Park to boot.

Gore Hotel (Hotel)

190 Queen's Gate, London

Gore Hotel, 190 Queen's Gate, London, London

Carols by candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall Surround yourself with the splendour of the Royal Albert Hall illuminated beautifully by candelight and decorated in full festive regalia as some of the world’s best musicians, dressed in full 18th century costumes, belt out Handel’s Zadok The Priest from the Messiah, Mozart’s Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate and Vivaldi’s Gloria as well as all the classic carols. There will also be readings from Dickens and The Scriptures by actor Christopher Timothy Stay at: The Gore Hotel, slap bang round the corner from the Royal Albert Hall, is a classic British hotel from which you will find it very hard to extricate yourself. After your right royal sing song, ensconce yourself in Bar 190 (like the Rolling Stones used to) – possibly the most discreet and romantic drinking hole in London. Rooms are small but fabulous and the drawing room at the back screams old money and class. An institution since 1892.


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