Festive Activities in London this Christmas

If you’re looking for the perfect place to escape the Winter chills and get festive, keep reading. London is known for its huge range of activities on offer during the Christmas months, and while it is true that I am a die hard Christmas fan, I really do believe that there is something on offer for everyone. Here are my top picks of just a few of the pop-ups, events and activities taking place in the capital this Christmas!

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Coppa Club

For festive drinks with a twist head to the Coppa Club! The Coppa Club’s beautiful igloo pop ups offer beautiful views of Tower Bridge and the Shard, while making sure that you can stay cosy and warm. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening for two, or a fun evening with friends, this is the perfect spot to get you in the mood this Christmas.

Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema have been hosting pop up, themed cinema experiences in both Summer and Winter for the last few years, extremely successfully. The Backyard Cinema guarantees its audience new and exciting interactive backdrops and themes each year, that truly transports you to another world, while letting you enjoy all your favourite movies. There are two venues this Christmas, both located in Wandsworth, and both with a different festive theme: ‘The Winter Night Garden’ and ‘Christmas at the Snow Kingdom’. Each of these cinemas will be playing a range of old Christmas favourites including titles like Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone, The Holiday, Die Hard, Miracle on 34th Street and The Muppets Christmas Carol, amongst other family classics. You can get your tickets for a screening of one of these films here.

Ice Skating (Somerset House or the Natural History Museum)

Everyone’s favourite Christmas activity. And luckily London boasts many extremely scenic and picturesque ice skating venues, two of the most popular being Somerset House and the Natural History Museum. Somerset House has something for everybody, with skating lessons, late-night DJs series called ‘Skate Lates’, and a variety of seasonal shopping and wining and dining experiences. It’ll be open from 13th November – 12th January and Adult tickets start at £11.00.

Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. There is a cafe bar with a birds eye view of the rink and serves mulled wine and other Christmas favourites for the whole time the rink is open. And best of all, students with a valid NUS card get a free drink when they pay just £10.50 for a ticket.

Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew is a magical trail of lights, installations and laser projections through the gardens of Kew. When visited at night the trail is a truly beautiful and festive evening. This ‘walk under the stars’ is also complete with spiced cider, mulled wine, hot chocolate and an enticing selection of street food all sold in stalls along the trail to keep you warm and well fed.

Winterland London (aka Neverland)

To replace Wandsworth’s popular bring your own booze ‘beach’ bar and venue, this Christmas Neverland brings us Winterland. Nordic Thames-side hot tubs as well as fire pits, log cabins and igloos will all be available for hire, or if you want to keep it simple general entry tickets can be purchased that still let you enjoy games including beer pong and table tennis, as well as street food such as cheese fondue, gourmet burgers and wood-fired pizza. The winter lodges and feasting tables are perfect for larger groups, while the hot tubs and igloos will provide the perfect cosy setting for smaller groups of friends. Each hot tub can be booked for up to 6 people and you will be waited on hand and foot with mulled wine or hot gin from the on site Moose Bar. There will also be live music and DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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