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Christmas in London

Destination(s): London

Christmas in London is actually a beautiful time to visit the city despite December's shorter days and chilly weather. Decorations are simple yet impressive lending a true spirit to the holiday. Outdoor ice rinks pop up while the shopping frenzy begins. Annual traditional races, concerts and pantomimes appear and children queue up to visit Santa in his mysterious grotto. Spend your days exploring London's festive sights then cosy up in a pub with a glass of mulled wine for a magical visit. read more about Christmas in London

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

  • Trafalgar Square 5
  • Trafalgar Sq., WC2
  • tel:020/7766-1100
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2N 4JJ
St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

  • St. Paul's Churchyard
  • St. Paul's Churchyard, EC4
  • tel:020/7246-8350
  • Visit website
  • London, EC4M 8AD
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

  • Kensington Gore
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7589 8212 (Box Office)
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7 2AP
London Wetland Centre

London Wetland Centre

  • Queen Elizabeth's Walk
  • Barnes
  • tel:+44 020 84 094 400
  • Visit website
  • London, SW13 9WT
Canary Wharf Ice Rink (The)

Canary Wharf Ice Rink (The)

  • Canada Square Park
  • tel:+44 20 7418 2322
  • Visit website
  • London, E14 5AX
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

  • 20 Dean's Yard
  • Broad Sanctuary, SW1
  • tel:020/7222-5152
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1P 3PA
Hamleys

Hamleys

  • 188-196 Regent St., W1
  • tel:0800/2802-444
  • Visit website
  • London, W1B 5BT

Hamleys claims to be the oldest toy shop in London, established in Holborn in 1760 as Noah's Ark. Two centuries later it was also the world's biggest toy shop, though that honour (a dubious one if you're a harassed parent) now goes to Toys R Us in New York. But it's still biggest in Britain and the holy grail for thousands of school children who swarm all over its six floors. enjoying the full Willy Wonka experience, complete with dozens of toy and game demonstrators. Beware, huge crowds make it the original nightmare before Christmas!



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Harrods

Harrods

  • 87-135 Brompton Rd., SW1
  • tel:020/8479-5100
  • Visit website
  • London, SW3 1JJ

"The Corner Shop", as Knightsbridge locals call it, is probably the most famous store in the world, selling everything from its ubiquitous green-and-gold branded carrier bags (its best selling item) to a 12.5kg solid gold bar, its latest ultimate luxury accessory. It may not have all the latest fashions these days (look opposite in Harvey Nichols to find those) but it's not far behind and for all but the hardest to please shoppers it's usually a great experience. Harrods began on its present site in 1849 as a small grocer's shop. These days 15 million customers per year come to explore its 7 floors and 4.5 acres. Don't miss the daily cornucopia in the fabulous Food Halls and return by night to see its famous terracotta fašade, illuminated by 13,500 lightbulbs.


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Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

  • Cromwell Road
  • Cromwell Rd., SW7
  • tel:020/7942-5000
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7 5BD
Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

  • Hampton Court Road
  • East Molesey, Surrey
  • tel:0870/752-7777
  • Visit website
  • East Molesey, KT8 2EU
Oxford Street

Oxford Street

  • Oxford Street
  • tel:+44 20 7462 0689
  • Visit website
  • London, W1C 1JN
Tower of London Ice Rink

Tower of London Ice Rink

  • Tower Hill
  • The Tower of London
  • tel:+44 20 8241 2365
  • Visit website
  • London, EC3N 4AB
Somerset House

Somerset House

  • Somerset House
  • Strand
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7845 4600
  • Visit website
  • London, WC2R 1LA

Year round Somerset House located not far from St. Paul's Cathedral is worth a visit. In winter there is an outdoor ice skating rink while in the summer the same space is used for outdoor concerts and water fountains where London children can be found enjoying the heat. Home to three impressive galleries, The Hermitage Rooms, The Gilbert Collection, and the favorite Courtauld Gallery. Free until 2:00pm on Mondays the Courtauld boasts a collection of famous Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh and Gauguin, as well as works from Rubens and Michelangelo. Small and intimate, even children will recognize and appreciate these masterpieces. read more about Somerset House