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Why the whole family should be visiting London town this Christmas

It’s no secret that London comes alive during Christmas time – visiting London Town at this time of year is magical. From the dazzling lights on Oxford Street to the iconic ice rink at Somerset House, there is plenty to see and do this festive season. However, picking a fun, Christmassy activity may be a bit tricky when you have the whole family to consider.

But you’ll be pleased to hear there is no need to panic, as there is a myriad of things to do in London this festive season, and there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.  Martin Brage, Aptel, shares his tips on the best places to go and attractions to see.

Christmas in Covent Garden

This year, why not journey to the gardens to soak up the festive atmosphere and marvel at the Christmas lights? Not only can the whole family be engulfed by a festive wonderland, but there is also plenty of things to do.

Everyone will love the al fresco dining, with plenty of heated seating areas, and you can enjoy the piazza views at some of the local restaurants this festive season. Covent Garden has also a new addition this winter, in the form of a traditional 1884 hand-painted sleigh, which makes for the perfect family photo opportunity.

Festivities at Carnaby Street

Perhaps one of the most iconic London December sights, Carnaby Street’s Christmas lights come alive during the festive period. Since their first switch on in 1997, Carnaby Street has never failed to impress, and for their 25th anniversary, this year will be no different.

You can expect giant snowmen, Rolling Stone’s iconic tongue, and a dazzling globe. This year’s theme is in partnership with Choose Love to highlight and support the urgent need to raise funds for refugees around the world. Their pop-up store at 15-17 Foubert’s Place is also returning for a sixth year, selling an amazing line up of limited edition products, with a constant stream of celebrity guests popping up to serve customers.

Skate at Somerset House

Located in the heart of London, Somerset House’s magnificent ice rink is one for the books. The courtyard is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a stunning 40ft Christmas tree and specially curated décor from Moet & Chandon.

Somerset House also has plenty of alpine-themed restaurants for a post-skate treat, so you can enjoy an assortment of cocktails and treats alongside the rink. At night-time, you can expect various DJ sets and a party atmosphere.

Kensington Palace

Cosy up and experience the magic of Christmas at the Lunar Winter Cinema, where you can expect screenings of feel-good seasonal favourites, such as Elf, Love Actually and Home Alone.

Located in the palace’s pavilion, the cinema offers a festive family feel, and you can choose whether you want to snuggle up on a beanbag or relax on a sofa. Is there anything more magical than spending a December evening in the comfort of royal surroundings?

Visit Kings Cross

This Christmas, Kings Cross is transforming into an alpine wonderland. Not only can you expect eight festive markets, but also ski chalets and slopes. And the pièce de résistance? A 35ft Christmas tree in Coal Drops Yard, where the family can gather for spectacular views and a shopping trip at several popular retailers.

Adults will love alpine cocktails at the brand new après ski bar, while the children enjoy a tasty hot chocolate alternative.

Festive afternoon tea

If you are looking for a wholesome daytime activity, a festive afternoon tea is one of the most perfect choice for the family. In London, you don’t have to go far to find an afternoon tea that will interest everyone, and you will easily find yourself spoilt for choice.

There are several weird and wonderful afternoon teas on offer, such as the festive edition of The Dilly’s Peter Rabbit afternoon tea. Or if you want to go all out, why not try the Skyline Festive Afternoon Tea at TING, offering panoramic views as you enjoy a cuppa in the heart of the Shangri-La Hotel?


Christmas in the capital doesn’t have to be a chore, as there is a plethora of activities for the family to enjoy.

From traditional Santa visits to the quirkier family-friendly activities, everyone can feel the festive spirit of London this Christmas and explore all that the city has to offer.