If you can travel to London in December you're going to find that it is one of the best times of the year to visit. For starters, Christmas is a big deal in London. That fun starts in late November and the party continues until early January. Trafalgar Square is Noel Centrale, with a giant decorated Norwegian pine trees sparkling day and night.
The other great thing about December in London is that a lot of the tours, dinners, activities on the Thames River, and Soho & West End theatre are available most days in December, even Christmas Eve. But there is one catch… you must book early. Don't say we didn't warn you!
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It's amazing how many landmarks & monuments you see while dining aboard a luxury glass-walled boat on the Thames. Travel aboard the Harmony or Symphony, with a live jazz band, as your four-course dinner is served. See the illuminated city — Big Ben, the London Eye, Tate Modern, Houses of Parliament — bathed in golden glow. An essential London experience.
Explore the world of Harry Potter at the studio where it was made! See the actual film sets of Platform 9¾ and the Hogwarts Express. You also learn about the special effects and animatronics that created the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and the Ministry of Magic. Includes transportation to the movie studio by luxury Mercedes coach. Available Christmas Eve.
2,000 years of history = lots to see! Visit the top attractions and highlights of London on a full-day city tour that takes you from the Tower of London to the London Eye. Seethe Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace,take a sightseeing cruise down the River Thames, visit St Paul’s Cathedra. Upgrade to take afternoon tea at Westminster Park Plaza, or a flight on the London Eye.
Since the 1960s London has been a centre of the rock music scene. On this activity you visit legendary landmarks, likes Paul McCartney's flat, and Tin Pan Alley, where the Rolling Stones made their first records. Naturally, you'll cross Abbey Road in front of the studio, and see landmarks relating to Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Amy Winehouse.
Travel through British history starting with the prehistoric site of Stonehenge. Then discover the city of Bath with its Roman & Georgian influences. And for the piece de la resistance, visit Windsor castle, the oldest occupied castle in the world. Includes transportation by luxury mini-coach, entry and guided tours. Available Boxing Day, December 26.
We also like this multi-faceted day tour that visits three of England’s most-popular destinations — Oxford and its university; the beauty of The Cotswolds; and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare. Final stop is a detour to the Middle Ages andWarwick Castle. Climb the winding staircases and learn about its 1,000 years of history.
Thanks to the super-fast Eurostar you can visit Paris in one day! Not only that, but you get to skip the line at the Eiffel Tower to dine at 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. take in the magnificent views of Paris as you sip champagne & dine on French food. Next, hop on a Seine River cruise boat to see iconic monuments, bridges and churches. Includes round-trip Eurostar tickets, champagne lunch, river cruise.
It's the longest running show in the history of theatre! Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been a fixture on London’s West End for over 60 years! You'll be sitting on the edge of your seat as the murder mystery unfolds about a group of hotel guests who are killed off by a mysterious murderer.
• St Martin's Theatre
• Monday to Saturday, including Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve
Roald Dahl’s child genius Matilda is brought to life on stage! The show features the much-loved characters from the classic 1988 book — Matilda Wormwood, Miss Honey, and the treacherous Miss Trunchbull. Enjoy Matilda's rebellious nature as she uses her telekinetic abilities to change her destiny.
• Cambridge Theatre
• Ends December 10
Discover the diverse culture & cuisine in one of London's oldest districts. Sample from the neighbourhood's top restaurants and cafes — from Asian flavours to traditional British pub food. And of course, there'll be opportunities to to wash it all down with wines and British beers & ales.
It really makes for a lovely day.. Explore tony Mayfair, learn about the history of chocolate, and of course, sample chocolates at the finest chocolatiers in London — Paul A Young, Hotel Chocolat & Ladurée. And while you're in the neighbourhood, stop at luxury high-end department and gourmet stores like Liberty of London and Fortnum & Mason.
This is the way to discover London's best beers — pub-hopping with Britain's Beer Sommelier of the Year. Inside the iconic and historic alehouses discover the history of pubs and beers, and the charming British customs that surround them. A half-pint of beer is included at each pub. Get a quick lesson on the best way to taste British beer & ale. Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday.
At Winterville you'll find all things Christmas — an ice rink, pantomime, circus, cinema & crazy golf!
• Victoria Park
• Late November to late December
A magical ice kingdom with restaurants, cafes, and of course, Santa Land.
• Hyde Park
• Mid November to early January
Watch some of the greatest tennis players ever to serve, lob, and return, at the Royal Albert Hall. In attendance will be Grand Slam champions, former World Number 1s, and tennis icons like John McEnroe, Pat Rafter, and Tim Henman. Now they know how many balls it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
• Royal Albert Hall
• November 30 to December 4, 2016
John Rutter conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir in a symphonic Christmas event. These two concerts are full of sparkle and Christmas cheer!
• Royal Albert Hall
• December 8, 2016
The fun exhibition that uncovers all the secrets of undergarments continues through December
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Ends March 17, 2017
Everyday at the Victoria & Albert Museum you can join a free tour to explore the V&A's Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. This is one of the greatest design museums in the world, so it's a privilege to get a free tour. 11:15 AM at the Meeting Point by the Grand Entrance.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Daily at 11:30 am