FESTIVE EVENTS IN LONDON
You might be visiting London this December and want to spend your days doing something festive and christmassy! We therefor put together 3 lovely tips for some festive events that you can take part of when visiting the British capital :)
icescating at Somerset house
It's always nice to do activities outside, and iceskating is a fun and social way of enjoying London. There are several iceskating rinks around in London this time of year, but we decided to go skating at Somerset House. Somerset House has such beautiful architecture, and is located very central and not far from Embankment, Charing Cross and Covent garden. We were all quite confident as we have skated quite a bit as children, but we were soon to learn that these amazing skills have faded! We were like Bambi on the ice when we first entered the rink, an Zsanett who was the most steady of us had to hold Annabell and Sara's hands so that it didn't go horribly wrong. After a round or two around the rink we did find our confidence a bit and some of our childhood-skills came back to us. It was great fun, and it felt amazing spending the day out being active in the fresh air!
Cost: £11 - £17 depending on what day and time you go
You can prebook tickets here at Ticketmaster, or you can buy them directly on the day from the box office. It might get sold out though, specially during the weekends.
Each ticket will get you a time slot where you can skate as much as you'd like for an hour. If you have to wait a bit until the next free time slot, then there are a lovely restaurant inside where its perfect to have a meal or a drink whilst waiting.
Closest tubes: Embankment and Charing Cross
WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK
Hyde Park is filles with market-stalls, christmas lights, street food, bars and rollercoasters these days. Winter wonderland seems to get bigger and bigger every year, and it's definitely a popular place to visit during December. It's become a bit of a yearly tradition for all of us, going to visit this enormous market :)
I (Sara) went there with my boyfriend and some friends of us last Saturday, and we had a nice time there! I was a bit worried it would just be annoyingly busy, specially since we went there on a Saturday night. It was annoyingly busy at times, but as long as you get passed the entrance part, it actually seems to be more free room. I highly suggest you go straight to the Bavarian Village in the middle of the market (at least if you are planning to have some drinks and if you want to listen to some live music). The Village had such a good atmosphere selling gluhwein and pretzels <3 People were singing and dancing, and just having a great time! They stop serving alcohol at 21.45 though, so make sure you get hold of a warm cup filled with gluhwein before then! :)
Entrance fee: Free
Opening times: 10.00 - 22.00
Closest tubes: Hyde Park Corner and Green Park
CHRISTMAS AT KEW - RICHMOND PARK
None of us have actually visited Kew Gardens during christmas before, but we have heard really nice things abut and will therefor be visiting it this year! We are so excited :) It's located in Richmond, so slightly outside of central London. Richmond is however a very nice part of London, with many lovely restaurants, cafés and shops. A good idea is to combine a visit to christmas at Kew with spending the day in Richmond before going to see the light show.
Find information about opening times and tickets here: www.kew.org