Book now to avoid missing these exciting Christmas events in the capital.
Now that November has arrived, Christmas cannot fail to creep into your mind. Whether you can hardly wait for the festive season to get underway or you’re a little less enthusiastic about it all, one thing’s for sure – now is the time to start your planning.
That’s especially the case if you want to make the most of Christmas in London. While the capital is known for its amazing range of festive markets and other free seasonal attractions, there are plenty of things to do that are best to book in advance – and are well worth the effort of doing so.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the best things to book in London for the Christmas period.
There’s nothing that says Christmas quite like a panto, and Cinderella is a real classic. This particular performance is actually the first time a pantomime will be held at the London Palladium in nearly 30 years. It promises to be a real showstopper, complete with stunning costumes and set pieces, and an all-star cast featuring the likes of Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady.
It will run from December 10th for five weeks only, so snap up your tickets now!
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
If you prefer the sound of some alternative festive theatre, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Nominated for an Olivier Award, this play returns after a successful first run in 2015, and tells the story of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society trying to perfect their performance of the classic tale Peter Pan. One calamity after another gets in their way, in a hilarious production that’s suitable for the whole family (but bear in mind the theatre doesn’t provide booster seats for young children, and it’s recommended for over-eights).
Performances will run until January 29th 2017.
Shelter Carol Service
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
No festive season is complete without a few carols, and you can get started nice and early with the Shelter Carol Service, which takes place on November 30th. This 50th-anniversary event will include poems, carols and readings from people the homelessness charity has helped, all performed in the church where Shelter was started.
Eltham Palace Carol Concert
Eltham Palace, Eltham
For a more traditional Christmas carol concert in a stunning setting, book tickets for the Eltham Palace Carol Concert. This will be held on December 7th in the palace’s Great Hall, and a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink is provided with each ticket. You will have the opportunity to browse gifts at the on-site gift shop too.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Natural History Museum, South Kensington
The Natural History Museum is housed in one of London’s most beautiful buildings, making the ice rink here a real favourite among locals and visitors alike. Open until January 8th 2017, it will be surrounded by fairy light-adorned trees, and will have a cafe bar and fairground carousel too. The 1,000 square metre rink is suitable for all ages, but there’s an adjoining smaller rink for younger children who want to get to grips with the ice in a quieter, less busy environment.
Tower of London Ice Rink
Tower of London
Another ice rink in a spectacular setting, the Tower of London rink is located in the attraction’s dry moat. As well as simply skating, you can treat yourself to a drink served in ice from the tower’s temporary ice bar. If you’re coming with children, try to visit in the morning, when quieter sessions are held for families. Advance booking will help you avoid those inevitable big queues!
The rink will be open from November 16th until January 3rd 2017.
Christmas dinner at Aqua Shard
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
London’s famous for its fabulous restaurants, so don’t miss the chance to treat yourself to a Christmas meal in the capital. Providing festive menus from November 28th to December 23rd, Aqua Shard is a brilliant choice for a merry meal. You’ll find it on the 31st floor of the Shard, where its festive lunchtime menu includes venison, salmon and a decadent dark chocolate fondant – all accompanied by amazing views of London in the full swing of the festive season, of course.