And so we come to the end of another amazing year, but if you’re in and around the city of London during December, why not let it end your year with a bang! Here are a few enticing ideas for your visit to London during this jam packed month.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
You can’t leave London without visiting the most spectacular Christmas event around! Open throughout December, and with events including a vibrant Christmas market, countless rides for adults and children alike, and a magical ice kingdom, there’s something for everyone at Hyde Park this December.
It is open from 10am to 10pm and while entry is free, prices for the attractions do differ. Book now here
Theatre & musicals
With a trace of Christmas in the air, you’ll no doubt be enchanted by the magical ballet production of ‘Nutcracker’. The magical tale of a young girl and her nutcracker toy, and their battle against the evil mouse king will leave your whole family entranced. With tickets starting at £10, you can’t afford to miss this unforgettable Christmas treat!
Looking for something different? There are numerous shows on during December, including ‘Cabaret’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, the amazing ‘The Lion King’, and the nostalgic ‘Matilda’. Still not sure? Take a look at the London Theatre guide, there’s sure to be something in there for everyone.
A little bit of last minute Christmas shopping!
Westfield Stratford city is Europe’s biggest shopping centre, and with a wide range of stores and restaurants, an indoor ice skating rink, Santa’s grotto (open until Christmas day, tickets are £3) stables for feeding Santa’s reindeer (on the 7th, 14th, and 22nd, 11pm-6pm only); not to mention a spectacular view of the Olympic Park, and multiple transport links, it is definitely worth visiting; especially if you’ve left that spare jumper at home! Visit uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity for more details.
Gandalf is back! The legendary Peter Jackson has revived the Lord of the Rings series with a release of the prequel title, ‘The Hobbit’. For avid fans of the series, the 12th of December is a date which you can mark on your calendars. The film will screen nationwide so why not visit the Vue cinema, located fairly close to Amhurst Hotel, and watch Frodo and the crew back in action! Other premieres to watch out for include ‘Life of Pi’ on 3rd December and ‘Les Misérables’ on 5th December.
A voyage across the Thames
Ever wanted to swoop along the Thames, whilst getting an alternative glimpse of everything the London riverbank has to offer? Then why not book a ride on the London RIB voyage! After taking a steady stroll up until Tower Bridge, be prepared to hit 30 knots all the way to Greenwich on a remarkable journey through London!
Trips run every Friday and Sunday throughout December, starting at 11am, with tickets at a manageable £32.50. Book now at www.timeout.com.
Mingling with the stars …Sort of!
Ever wondered what happens with movie props once filming is over? Well wonder no more! The Hollywood costume exhibition at the V&A hosts some of Hollywood’s most iconic props and costumes, including Johnny Depp’s costume from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, and many other artifacts from ‘Titanic’, the ‘Star Wars’ series, and many more! It is open throughout December, and tickets start from £15.40, with family tickets also available. Advanced booking is advised as tickets are being sold extremely fast, so book your tickets now at www.lovetheatre.com.
To make the most of what London has to offer in December and to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the plentiful attractions, why not stay at the Amhurst Hotel – conveniently located for accessing central London and with rooms from just £35.