Fabulously Festive Things to do in London – The December 2018 Edition

Fabulously Festive Things to do in London – The December 2018 Edition

The most wonderful season is upon us and here are some fabulously festive things to do in London, for some Christmas cheer:

See all the different Christmas Lights across the Capital

Regent Street ‘Spirit of Christmas’ theme

I love the ‘Angels’ and the elegant decorations lit up on Regent Street, just round the corner from Oxford Street.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights


London’s busiest shopping street is lit up with baubles inspired by falling snowflakes, plus the addition of new purple baubles and a “Christmas is Calling” sign.

Carnaby Street’s Bohemian Rhapsody Theme

Carnaby’s Christmas decorations have a ‘Queen’ theme this year to mark the release of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Freddie Mercury’s lyrics are shining bright in giant colourful neon signs all over the street. ‘Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?’ 

Fabulous Christmas Trees

Annabel’s Mayfair

This ginormous three storey tree covers the entire front facade of Annabel’s and is definitely the biggest tree I have seen!

Find it: 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT

The Connaught Hotel

I love the dynamic Christmas Tree on Carlos Place outside The Connaught designed by artist and Royal Academician Sir Michael Craig-Martin. The 18-foot tall tree is a Norway Spruce, sourced in Hertfordshire, and is covered in 12,000 light bulbs, all in Craig-Martin’s distinctive bright colour palette, constantly changing.

Find it: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL, United Kingdom

Claridge’s Christmas Tree

The ‘Tree of Love’ designed by Diane von Fürstenberg “celebrates all aspects of love and life” and is a spectacular six metre tall tree glistening with 8,000 shimmering silver-leafed leaves, blue glass spheres and 150 glass hearts.

Find it: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR, United Kingdom

Snowscape at aqua shard

The Snowscape at Aqua Shard, London’s highest Snow Globe, created by Bompas and Parr, sits in the window of Aqua Shard, resembling a modern take on the traditional Christmas tree, complete with frost covered branches but with the shape of my favourite building The Shard!

Find it: Aqua Shard, The Shard

Classic glamour at Rosewood London

For those that love a classic and quintessential Christmas Tree, Rosewood London has a stunning tree that captures your attention as you walk in through the passageway into the courtyard.

Find it: 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the perfect excuse to celebrate and indulge. One of my favourite ways to mark the festive season is by enjoying a seasonal Afternoon Tea, and The Connaught’s newly launched Festive Afternoon Tea is a real treat, full of sugar and spice and all things nice, as is Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Afternoon Tea.

The Connaught’s Festive Afternoon Tea

Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Festive Afternoon Tea

What are your favourite festive things to do in London during December? I would love to know in the comments section below.

Snuggle up in a Winter Terrace or Bar

Snuggle up in one of the capital’s gorgeous winter terraces or bars and enjoy some festive cocktails and food. My favourites are Mulled Wine and Cheese Fondue.

Here are my favourites: My Top Winter Terraces and Bars in London

Celebrate with “Cake and Bubbles”

The dream menu – desserts and Champagne at Cakes and Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal is the perfect way to ring in the festive season with some festive fizz and delicious pastries by the worlds finest pastry chef Albert Adrià, and is a nice alternative to traditional afternoon tea.

Highly recommend the signature cheese cake which has a white chocolate and hazelnut skin that mimics the look of actual cheese. It’s brilliant and perfectly balanced and lives up to all the hype. The pancake is seriously dreamy too!

Find it: Hotel Cafe Royal Address: 70 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 4DY

Christmas Markets

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My favourite for pop up stalls selling food, gifts, drinks and craft is Southbank, which makes for a really fun day or evening out with pop ups and music, a great place to feel festive.

You are spoilt with fantastic views of the London Eye when you leave too!Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk

Other notable Christmas Markets to visit in London are:

Christmas Wednesdays on Columbia Road
Christmas Wednesdays at Columbia Road take place every Wednesday throughout December with products from all the independent shops and artisan makers of the famous flower market and there will be Carol singers too. Shops open from 5pm to 9pm; carols with St Peters are from 6pm to 8pm.
Columbia Road E2 7RG; columbiaroad.info

Winterville’s Solo Craft Fair
The Solo Craft Fair takes place in the Idolise Spiegeltent every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm until 23 December. Here you will find a range of art, jewellery, ceramics, kids clothing and more. The marketplace even has its own bar and food from Street Feast. Open Weds-Sun 3pm-10pm and Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Entry £2-£5.
Windmill Drive, Clapham SW4 9DE; winterville.co.uk


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Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

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1 Comment

  1. December 5, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Great list Binny and I want to do all of these things now!!

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