Almost as soon as the temperature drops and the clocks go back, London is transformed into a wintery wonderland. Ice rinks appear in squares, on rooftops and outside London icons while the city glitters with Christmas lights and creatively decorated trees. Suddenly, you can fill your free time sipping hot booze in kitsch pop-up bars (like this Miracle on Ninth Street one), wandering through an Enchanted Woodland or following your nose around an intricate gingerbread city.
Of course there are pantos, parties and countless Christmas markets – the Southbank Winter Market and Hyde Park’s enormous Winter Wonderland need no introduction – but the point is, London is stuffed like a stocking full of magical things to do at Christmas.
Oh, and talking of gifts, we’ve got Christmas shopping in London all wrapped up too – check out our 2019 Christmas gift guide and our pick of Christmas shops in London. Trying to cut back or give back? We’re with you. Find out how to have a sustainable Christmas in the capital this year.