Last updated on December 5th, 2018
Hi guys, in this post, I’d like to share with you the best Christmas spots to visit in London – best Christmas Markets, ice skating rinks, Christmas lights, photo locations, shops and more.
Where to stay in London?
If you’re not a local in London, here are some great affordable hotels in London, where you can stay without breaking a bank (London can be very expensive):
Also, if you’re interested, I have a list of the best free things to do in London – feel free to check it out here.
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Best Christmas spots to visit in London:
One of my favourite Christmas Markets in London is located right in the middle of Leicester Square near Picadilly Circus tube station. The location couldn’t have been more centric – if you’re a tourist in London, you will definitely visit this place. If you’re a local, I’m sure you are visiting Soho from time to time to visit one of the new trendy spots, so why not to visit the Leicester Square Christmas Market?
There is no Christmas Market in Covent Garden, I’m afraid, however, its Christmas decorations are amazing and that makes it a perfect spots for photos in Christmassy London.
Best Ice Skating rinks in London
There are plenty of amazing ice skating rinks in London that are constructed specially for Christmas holidays. Some of my favourite Ice Skating rinks in London include:
- Somerset House Ice Skating Rink
- The ice rink in Canary Wharf
- The ice skating rink in front of the Museum of Natural History in London
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
The Winter Wonderland Christmas Market in Hyde Park is one of the biggest Christmas Markets in Europe. It gets an insane amount of visitors, so prepare to queue for 30 min – 1 hour to get in on a busy day. If you’re planning to visit Winter Wonderland before the crowds get in, head there around
Looking for Christmas Markets outside London as well? Here’s my post about the absolutely best Christmas Markets in Europe that you need to visit at least once!
Peggy Porshen is the iconic instagrammable spot in London that gets new decorations every season. My favourite so far have been the Christmas Decorations, so you can definitely head there for great photos.
One of the most beautifully decorated streets in London is Regent Street – it’s incredibly nice and festive and it’s just lovely to walk there.
Christmas Market near Waterloo – Southbank Centre
Another Christmas Market to visit in London is the Wintertime at Southbank Centre – unlike Winter Wonderland that is inspired by German Christmas Markets, the Wintertime is inspired by Scandinavia! Scandinavian Christmas Markets are actually amazing (I visited Danish city Aarhus last year and was honestly impressed – more about my experience in this post).
Winterwille in Clapham Common
Another iconic Christmas Market in London for those who are based in SE or South London and have no desire to head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. There are a lot of nice eats, shows and attractions, so you won’t leave Winterwille without buying something.
The iconic department store in London looks great before Christmas and it also has its iconic floor of beautiful Christmas decorations – if you like special decor – head there. Selfridges is also one of my favourite department stores in London – you can buy almost anything there.
Igloos in London
If you want to have a cozy dinner in an igloo, but you’re not planning to travel anytime soon, you can head to Jimmy’s Lodge on the river – you need to book in advance, though, the demand for the igloos is huge. If Waterloo igloos are fully booked, you can try your luck in Coppa Club winter igloos. Alternatively, you can also book Igloos at the Sipping Room and at the Aviary.
St. Pancras International or Somerset House Christmas trees
If you’re looking for the best Christmas trees in London, you can either head to St. Pancras International or to the Somerset House – both of the Christmas trees look amazing.
Christmas in Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens are the most famous botanic garden in London. You might think, what is there to do in a botanic garden in winter? Well, there is the amazing Christmas installation with the chorus of singing trees, lights and piano music. Read more about the Christmas in Kew Gardens here.
Carnaby Christmas Lights
Another spot to visit for Christmas in London is the famous Carnaby street that is nicely decorated for Christmas. It’s just a few steps away from Regent Street, so don’t worry, you won’t have to walk a lot.
Do you think there’s nothing for Christmas at one of the most important and famous squares in England? No, it can’t be. Head to the Trafalgar Square for a huge Christmas tree and a choirs singing traditional Christmas songs.
The Montague Ski Lodge
And the last, but not least of the best spots in London for Christmas is the Montague Ski Lodge located at the Montague street (who would have thought?). It’s a very lovely place that looks just like a chalet or a ski lodge somewhere in Austria or Switzerland.
Here’s how London is decorated for Christmas in 2018:
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