Christmas in London

Christmas starts early in London and this year here are 6 must see local events leading you through to the big day. These events involve traditional and modern celebrations, music, entertainment, and exciting shopping.  They are affordable and some are free of charge – a big bonus in our current economy! What a fantastic way to experience Christmas in style and creativity.


The Christmas Chocolate Festival

Spread the Christmas love with chocolate, as you enjoy this tasty event at the Southbank Centre from the 9-11 December. The Chocolate festival is a free event – a great opportunity for you to sample amazing choccie treats, and meet with the world’s best chocolatiers. As you consider buying presents for your family and friends,  this event will give you creative ideas that everyone will appreciate. Chocolate lovers will swoon at the choice of chocolate goodies!

The Real Food Christmas Markets

British Christmas is incomplete without gastronomic delights. Visit the Real Food Christmas Market also at Southbank Centre Sq. 16 – 23 Dec – Free. Sample goodies such as wild game, ham, mince pies, and sip on mulled wine. There are sales with great Christmas discounts for bulk purchases. This food fair is filled with pomp and colour and will get you in a  festive mood. Stock up with delicious savoury nibbles and to tickle your taste buds, there are free samples with live cookery demos in action. Shoppers eat and drink to their fill,whilst gaining some foodie  inspiration for the big day.

Club Nights at Somerset House

The family will love Ice Skating at Somerset House during the day but for grownups it’s a whole new ball game in the evenings! Enjoy meeting new people and making friends at the Somerset House special pen air ‘Club Nights’ on ice. Sip mulled wine or calm your nerves with a cocktail before hitting the ice whilst listening to a live soundtrack from prominent London DJs. Club nights run from 8.00pm to 11.30pm during December and will go on until 20th January 2012.

Festive Shopping at Colombia Road

Christmas celebrations are a full time occasion, and shoppers will find the late night Christmas shopping in the quirky Colombia road irresistible. Here you will have access to the best independent vintage clothing shops, rummage through French and Italian designer names, enjoy fair trade organic tea and cream cakes, take in the fragrant aroma of the flower stalls and buy some unique gifts from the local art galleries. Whatever you do you can get in the spirit with special live music. This will happen on December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd from 5pm to 9pm.

Christmas Comedy with… The Funny Side

Enjoy some festive laughs this season with Christmas comedy, you won’t find better than The Funny Side… with special intimate gigs played by local comedians in a few select locations around South London, this is a great night out to banish the winter blues.

Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch at The Ship Pub will make the whole trip complete. Hidden in Wandsworth, South London, Locals say this is the best pub for a hearty Christmas lunch. If you like the sound of ‘Roast Breast of Turkey, Sage and Onion Stuffing, Roast Potatoes, Red Wine Gravy’ and Mini ‘Christmas Pudding with Toasted Almond Ice Cream’ then this is the place to eat!

If you need to plan your stay why not select some cheap London hotels and you can enjoy the festivities without breaking the bank.