If you’re in London for business over the festive season, then it can be hard to resist some of the many special things on offer across the capital. So make time to enjoy a little of the Christmas magic during your stay, from the beautiful light displays to the mouth-watering food at its many markets. With great deals on accommodation Kensington London, enjoy staying closer to the action and make the most of the city during this wonderful time.
Check out the Christmas lights
One of the easiest ways to get a taste of the festive period while you’re in London is by taking a glimpse at the many different Christmas light displays, showcased all over the city. From the traditional and spectacular, to the quirky and whimsical, London has a great selection of colourful lights to gaze up at this year.
If you’re staying in hotels in Kensington London, head towards nearby Oxford Street or Regent Street, where the busy retail areas are lit up spectacularly with a variety of displays. While the Regent Street Christmas lights show a more traditional view, at Oxford Street this year, you’ll see some stunning LED panels, showcasing shimmering abstract colours to great effect.
For light displays that make you think, take a wander down towards Carnaby Street, where the local organisers have teamed up with an environmental charity, for an ocean-themed display of sustainability this festive season. Instead of the usual Christmas motifs, you’ll see squids and seahorses, and a captivating giant whale lit up above.
If you have time, head a little further afield outside central London, towards Kew Gardens. This winter, the beautiful botanical garden will be taken over by a stunning display of festive lights, making it the perfect place to enjoy London’s seasonal spirit.
Experience a classic festive market
London’s festive markets are one of the most enjoyable parts of the season. They’re much more than just a place to do this Christmas shopping, although you’ll find plenty of goodies to purchase here. Instead, take the time to stroll around and soak up the unique atmosphere, with the many different sights, sounds and scents all around you.
You’ll find traditional winter cabins heaving with artisanal crafts and gifts, and delicious fresh cooked street food from all over the world. Some of the bigger markets, such as the Winter Market at the Southbank Centre, or Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, will also boast a variety of other seasonal attractions to enjoy, such as live theatrical performances, outdoor ice rinks, and fairground rides. With special offers London hotels, it might be the perfect time to invite family to join you on your trip and make the most of London’s many festive offerings.
Try some delicious seasonal food
London always has plenty of tempting food and drink on offer, from a sophisticated Indian High Tea to a huge selection of stylish restaurants. But during the festive period, there’s much more to try out, so forget the diet and enjoy a little extra indulgence instead.
You’ll find a variety of delicious street food on offer at many of the markets across the city, with seasonal favourites such as roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and cider, mince pies, hot chocolate and more. You can also try out festive foods from around the world, from satisfying German sausages and Mexican churros complete with chocolate sauce to American classics including hot dogs and burgers.
It’s also worth checking out London’s cafés and eateries for seasonal treats on the menu. Many restaurants will offer special Christmas options, from sweet desserts to festive takes on classic dishes. And if you’re in the city with colleagues, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a group Christmas dinner together, with special promotions on at many of London’s top restaurants.
Shop for the perfect gift
If you’re staying in accommodation Kensington London, you’re perfectly positioned for some of the best shopping during the festive period, as you’ll be close to some of the city’s best retail neighbourhoods. With special promotions and exclusive items on offer during the winter season, it’s the perfect time to shop for gifts for loved ones, or alternatively, treat yourself to something you’ve been looking forward to. Head to Oxford Street for great picks from top brands, or enjoy the luxurious indulgence of designer boutiques on Bond Street.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more unique instead, then check out some of the wonderful arts markets that will be on offer across London through the period. With beautifully crafted pieces made by local artisans, you can find some truly charming gifts to impress friends and family with.
Relax in festive style
Christmas in London can be a pretty busy time of year, but there’s also plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind in suitably festive style. This year, you might want to take a little break from your accommodation Kensington London by heading to a wintery igloo instead – with Jimmy’s Lodge, an igloo-pop up set up on the banks of the River Thames. Stylish glass igloos and cosy interiors provide the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent fondue or cocktails.
When you’re heading out across the city to catch up on your seasonal shopping, you’ll find some hidden opportunities to take a breather and rest for a little while too. At the Winter Market in the Southbank Centre, get cosy on a giant beanbag for a few hours, while you take in one of their top seasonal movies at their secret cinema.
If you happen to be near Victoria, head to the wellbeing hub at Eccleston Yards, where a special exhibition called “Wave” promises to calm and soothe visitors, with hundreds of coloured lights hanging from above you. Taking inspiration from the healing powers of chromatherapy, the different coloured bulbs are designed to inspire a feeling of calmness, energy and happiness, and provide the perfect antidote to a hectic day in the city.