London shines with a special light during Christmas. The destination most loved by travelers from around the world, turns for the occasion into a huge playground, including decorations, tall trees, lights, entertainment for everyone and ... a lot, but a lot, Christmas Shopping.
The Kanoa staff presents the official Christmas guide in London. As always on the basis of experiences, we want to bring a dash of British Christmas in your hearts!
Ice Rink and Museum of Natural History
Early in the morning, Kanoa advises taking the metro direction South Kensington. As soon as you exit the metro tunnel, you can admire the Natural History Museum of London; a show neogothic which includes thousands of years of Natural history. It is the place that brings together everyone, young and old, feeding, especially for children, the curiosity of knowing and discovering. You will see that you will not regret it.
Next to the historic building, you can take part in the Christmas show in London, with the magnificent Ice Rink.
A large ice-skating rink, with a mega christmas tree placed right in front of the track. A unique and romantically Christmas scenery, where many tourists and English people, every day, want to have fun and spend some time outdoors.
Prices to take part in the Ice Rink:
Adult ticket: starting from £ 12,65 (EUR 14,73)
Boys ticket: 0-12 years from £ 8,80 (EUR 10,25)
Students: starting from £ 9,00 (EUR 10,48) with drinks included.
Ofxord Street and Regent Street
Kanoa advises to take you along the streets of London shopping. Take the subway and get off at the Bond Street stop; once you have left, you will be enveloped in a whirl of colors and lights. A coming and going of people; it will just seem to be in a movie!
Oxford Street and Regent Street, are the main arteries and, as such, are literally decorated for Christmas (picture above).
Here, you will find some very famous British specialty stores like Selfridgese and John Lewis on Oxford Street.
Admire the wonderful windows decorated for Christmas London, in addition to the famous lights and Christmas decorations!
Some of the most famous department stores such as Liberty London have inside them real Christmas shops full of decorations and original gift ideas.
At Regent Street, you can not miss the visit of Hamleys, a famous and great toy store, among the most important in the world!
Just before the end of Regent Street, we suggest, on your left, to take one of the narrow streets to admire Carnaby Street Christmas (picture above); in this place, every year, the signs of shops and streets are decorated in many funny ways. Absolutely to see!
Covent Garden Market
Following from Piccadilly Circus, you will pass through the great Leicester Square; still straight for about 10 minutes on foot, and you will be in Covent Garden
Just in the square is the Covent Garden Market, where every year for Christmas the whole market is decorated (picture above).
This is one of the most fascinating and sparkling districts of London. In addition, you can relax eating and drinking in one of the many pubs in the area and admire the sparkling lights of the big Christmas tree.
We point out that, in this market, you could get very interesting articles for your Christmas gifts.
Southbank Center Christmas Market
Just after the famous London Eye, stands this picturesque Christmas market that runs along the Thames.
Along the Queen's Walk, at the Southbank Center, stroll through the many wooden chalets. You can do great business, as a wide range of handmade gifts and many original items are displayed.
Kanoa advises to visit it in the evening, maybe to end the day of visits, relaxing in one of the many kiosks that offer many typical products; from the good vin brûlé, to the many homemade desserts. One of the unmissable appointments for your Christmas London
Kanoa remembers that the Southbank Christmas Market is open from November 22 to January 25, every day until 20, on Friday and Saturday until 22.
Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
Il Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is the most anticipated Christmas event in London. Whole families and curious people pour into the largest park in the city, to have fun in a fairytale atmosphere; you will feel like you're one in a Christmas movie. We remind you that entry is free.
The Winter Wonderland offers entertainment for everyone; themed rides, panoramic wheels, Christmas markets, an ice rink (for a fee).
There are also kiosks that offer products to taste. Among the many, we recommend the roast chestnuts and the excellent vin brûlé; but also hot dogs e glühwein in the Bavarian Village.
Kanoa advises to get on the Winter Wonderland Christmas Ferris wheel (60 meters). The entrance fee is paid, but, in our opinion, it is really worth it; if nothing else, to admire the London skyline and take some nice pictures.
Do not miss the Christmas Leicester Square, located along one of the most classic walks between Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.
This area is among the busiest places in the city, with cinemas and shops. You will find the magical Santa Claus cave in Leicester Square, in a suggestive atmosphere; in addition, you can see the traditional wooden houses where you can find handmade gifts, Christmas decorations, colorful sweets and much more.
Kanoa recommends taking the metro or a bus, to go to the world-famous Trafalgar Square, one of the English symbols par excellence.
In the square, you can warm up with a hot drink listening to classic Christmas carols throughout the month of December, and see the famous Christmas tree all over the world.
A curiosity: the magnificent tree that is set up in the square every year, is an annual gift from Norway, since 1947.
As you may have noticed, Christmas London is a magical event. Being bored is impossible because you will always be busy visiting an area or a flea market.
Kanoa remembers that if you have the desire to attend a Christmas ballet at the theater, the Royal Opera House and the London Coliseum are really an excellent solution.
We recommend booking tickets on time.
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