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Hyde Park: Live Your Best London

The Magic Of London This Christmas



Explore London from our beautiful 2 story Hyde Park apartment. With double-height ceilings and a balcony overlooking the garden square, it feels like a Parisian home. Despite being in the heart of the city, it's a peaceful retreat. If you're spending Christmas in London, there are plenty of festive events and attractions to enjoy catering to all tastes. Check out our top picks below:


For The Family


The spirit of Christmas Markets are captured perfectly at the South BankBorough Market and Spitalfields. Each one has a unique atmosphere. The Southbank offers great street food, entertainment and artisan stalls alongside the Thames. The riverside setting has been transformed for the festivities so stroll along with your mulled wine and be entertained. Head East and under the historical Victorian arches of Borough Market and you will find the absolute finest range of seasonal food and drink, with festive songs from some very talented buskers! Spitalfields enters the Christmas spirit with more great food and is the perfect place to pick up bespoke gifts with stalls selling art, jewellery and clothes.   

 


Spitalfields Market

 

Ice skating at Somerset House is a staple of London's winter season. The spectacular courtyard is converted into a snowy Swiss style resort. Enjoy trailblazing DJs or chilled out sessions with a glass of Provence Rose next to the beautifully decorated 40 ft Christmas tree.  

 

Somerset House


Kids and adults can enjoy Hansel and Gretel at the Globe Theatre. This creative adaptation of the classic tale has won rave reviews and really suits the outdoor space of this iconic theatre. Why not book tickets for the 'Kingdom of Winter' at the Excel Centre? London's biggest indoor winter attraction includes a Christmas themed circus, ice skating, fairground rides and an amazing immersive ice expedition trail. The market provides a tantalising array of food and drink for Mum and Dad. Keep the kids (and you) entertained with Elf the musical at the Dominion Theatre. We all know the story, but this version has more laughs and fantastic songs.


For The Shopper


Liberty, the luxury department store on Great Marlborough Street provides a stylish shopping experience.  Selfridges is renowned for it's Christmas window displays and the attention to detail continues inside, the perfect place to find that special gift.


This year Harvey Nicols has its  Festive Fairground with a blend of holographic colours, animated lighting and refractive surfaces against the background of a traditional funfair. The prizes on offer are far from traditional with over 4 000 designer items on offer.


Go back in time at Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop. The family have been in business for over 70 years having made their name creating toy theatres in the Regency period. Browse their selection of contemporary and traditional Victorian gifts for children.


Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop

 

Christmas Treat For The Adults


Humbug Christmas Dive Bar is nestled within the arches at Waterloo. Interactive drunken stories, Christmas cabaret and cocktails make for a raucous night.

Enter the still life drama of Christmas at Dennis Sever’s House in Folgate Street which is like stepping back in time. An immersive experience with sights and sounds from the past, tracing the history of this beautiful house. Historian Dan Cruickshank said, “It is an evocation of a world. It is essentially a living theatre set.”


Dennis Sever’s House


Massaoke Christmas Live is a show playing at various venues across London in December. Sing a long to all the hits with great stage shows and cover bands.



Massaoke Christmas Live


The Great Christmas Feast brings Dicken's timeless classic 'A Christmas Carol' to life, transformed by Victorian feasting, live music and enchanting theatre. GQ magazine hailed it as, “The one experience you can't miss this Christmas.


For a gentler evening's entertainment, The Nutcracker (English National Ballet) at London Coliseum could fit the bill.  The 100 dancers and musicians beautifully bring Tchaicovsky's score to life. A snow dusted Edwardian house on Christmas Eve, is where Clara receives an enchanted Nutcracker as a present. We then enter a magical world and the story unfolds.


The Nutcracker


From the iconic neighbourhoods of Notting Hill and Kensington to the picturesque banks of the River Thames, West London offers a unique blend of history, art, stunning architecture and entertainment. Undeniably one of the most desirable regions of the vibrant city of London, it is renowned for its affluence, elegance and cultural diversity. The epitome of urban living. The grandeur of Chelsea & Knightsbridge, with their exclusive boutiques and high-end shopping, nestle close to an abundant offering of tranquil green and open spaces...


Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and Holland Park are all delightful places to enjoy. With Michelin-starred establishments and trendy food markets, there is also a varied gastronomic experience for everyone to enjoy. And for those who wish to immerse themselves in culture, west London is home to world-class museums, such as The Victoria & Albert, The Natural History and The Science Museum.


There is also a vibrant music and theatre scene. London truly is a place for those of all ages to enjoy whatever the season, but Christmas certainly adds to the magic.


Your next London adventure awaits...





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