Have you heard the one about the blogger who promised to post every other day in November? Without taking into account four 3,000 word essays, 15 hour weeks of work and a study abroad application. Goodness gracious me. I can hardly breathe for working so much.
It's exactly a month until boxing day, to me, the festive season began weeks ago, but even my Grinch-iest of housemates are beginning to realise the inevitable... christmas is just around the corner! I thought to stick to the christmas theme, I'd show you some of the most feel good things to do at this time of year in London. I have a lot of exciting things planned in the lead up to Christmas and hopefully we will end up tying in a few of these extra festive activities.
What is christmas without ice skating? (Nothing). You can't mention christmas time in London without ice skating, more specifically, Somerset House.
Other alternatives include the Natural History Museum, Winter Wonderland's ice rink, the Tower of London (you literally skate over a 1000 year old moat), Canary Wharf and if you want to step out of London a little, Hampton Court Palace. Even if you can't ice skate, there's nothing like clinging on to the side and sticking your finger up at all of those whizzers passing by to make you feel christmassy!
I am the first to admit I'm not an Oxford Street gal. The huge shops and mountains of choice make me feel overwhelmed and rushed, I'd far rather spend my time browsing. However, if you are a keen shopper, Oxford Street is definitely the place for you. For me, shopping in London is all about not really shopping. Walking around the hundreds of floors in Harrods, mooching about Covent Garden, that's what I love. I love just being in the Christmas spirit. Alongside these two, Liberty London and Selfridges are also not-to-miss London shopping experiences. But for me, Harrods always comes up on top. There's even a free photo booth on the top floor if you can be bothered to trek up there, all ready for the festive season!
Winter Wonderland is perhaps the best known giant German market in London, but it's definitely not the be all and end all. I have a huge soft spot for Southbank as Waterloo is my station, so I make a habit of walking along it as and when I can. There's a lovely little market on the Southbank Centre, or if you're looking for something a bit bigger, Victoria Park in East London is hosting Winterville, you can even take a ride on a horse and cart if you fancy!
Wine and Dine
If all of this tires you out and you don't fancy the array of german foods, mulled wine and hot chocolate on offer, there are plenty of places to eat and drink to get you in the festive spirit! Duck and Waffle in Heron Tower is an absolute must if you're making a day out of it, their christmas menu comes into play on December 1st and what better way to enjoy a seasonal cocktail than overlooking the city? For a bit more in-budget you could go to Number 4 Hamilton Place or head to Bar Soho for a sinful cocktail (or 5). If there's one things Londoners know how to do, it's be merry. Very, very merry!
Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. I'll be in the center of London a lot over the next few weeks so will be sure to take you all with me- a little bit of Mumford and Sons anyone, or maybe some snaps of the Harry Potter tour? I am extremely ready for my Christmas holiday to begin, that's for sure!
Ciao for Now!