Things to do at Christmas time in London

The big smoke is absolutely buzzing with things to do over the Christmas period in London. Take a read of our list of things to do if you’re spending Christmas in London…

Skating at Somerset House

Dubbed as ‘London’s most glamour skating venue’, there is no better way to get into the Christmas feel of things than to go skating at Somerset House. From mid-November through to January, you can skate to your hearts content, enjoy warm drinks in a pop-up Alpine Lodge and even stay on into the evening for DJ sets and music events.

Christmas Panto

Sometimes you can’t beat an old classic. London has plenty of Pantomimes on over the festive period, with everything from Aladdin to Mother Goose. Find out more about them – it’s over here!

Hogwarts in the Snow

If you didn’t manage to get tickets to the Harry Potter screenplay, don’t despair! You can still immerse yourself in the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry by going on a studio tour. Explore Hogwarts in the Snow at the Warner Bros studio, discover the magic behind the Great Hall and how Harry’s world came into its own at Christmas time.

Christmas Lights and Window Displays

Not all of London’s light spectaculars are outdoors. It’s worth heading along to Selfridges who are famed for their festive window displays, meanwhile the decorations at Fortnum and Mason are completely mesmerising. There isn’t a festive treat you cannot find in the food hall at Harrods, with many of the deli counters offering tasters of Christmas canapes and mulled wine. And if you end up doing a bit of shopping whilst you’re there, who are we to judge?

Santa’s Grotto in Leicester Square                              

We imagine most kids have already started writing their lists, so make sure you factor in a trip to Santa’s Grotto. Over the festive period Leicester Square is transformed, complete with a traditional market, a Speigletent with a fabulous programme of festive shows.

Disney on Ice – Frozen

Anna and Elsa come to life in this magical Disney production on ice. Figure skating at its best, timing impeccably to the popular Frozen soundtrack, with glitzy costumers galore – what’s not to like? On at The O2 Arena from 20 – 30 December, it’s bound to be popular, so book tickets in advance.

End the day at Apex

Our three London hotels offer the perfect place to curl up with a hot toddy at the end of a long day in London. At Temple Court, you’ll get blankets and heaters so you can still enjoy our balcony view rooms or alfresco courtyard. Perhaps you’d rather hunker down with a hot chocolate at Off The Wall, our Apex London Wall Bar? Or maybe make a start on the cocktail list at The Lampery in Apex City of London. Whatever you choose, we promise you a warmer welcome at our Apex Hotels.