What could be more enticing than the old-world magic of Europe during the holidays? And more specifically, who could resist the elegance of London? The crisp air, the beautiful lights, the hustle and bustle – it can all be yours this holiday season, and with an entire slate of events and attractions, your trip is sure to be filled with seasonal delight. There are even some great hotel deals for travelers to take advantage of.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
November 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013
This year welcomes a breath-taking new addition to this year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, the Magical Ice Kingdom, a spectacular ice and snow sculpture experience created from over 200 tons of ice and snow over four months by 20 sculptors. Other attractions include: the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, a giant observation wheel, along with Christmas markets, Zippos Circus, and the ever popular Bavarian Village, serving bratwurst and mulled wine. In addition, there will also be many more restaurants and bars, as well as traditional and thrill-seeking rides. Click here for more information.
Make Merry this Christmas at the EDF Energy London Eye
November 2012 – January 1, 2013
Take in London’s spectacular Christmas lights from 135 metres above the city by booking the Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Private Capsule. Guests will also delight in the luxury by being served by a private host as they get into the festive spirit. If you prefer a more glamorous celebration, why not treat yourselves to Christmas merrymaking with the London Eye’s Champagne Cocktail Capsule. Guests will be waited on by a host as they choose from a range of cocktails including peach bellini, Kir Royale or a classic Champagne cocktail, all whilst taking in the stunning panoramic views of the Capital. The addition of delicious gourmet canapés makes the EDF Energy London Eye an ideal location for the celebrations. Click here for more information.
Ice at the Tower
November 17, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Nestled against the magnificent fortress of the Tower of London, this outdoor ice rink creates a wonderfully festive scene. Cold skaters and spectators can thaw out in the Ice Rink café and bar by warming their hands on a hot chocolate or mulled wine and munching on mince pies. Open from morning to night, the ice rink is ideally situated for a lunchtime skate or an after-work party, followed by a well-earned treat in the ice rink bar which also serves draughts, wines and spirits and provides the perfect experience to unwind and have fun. Click here for more information.
SEASONAL SHOPPING & EVENTS
Carnaby’s Christmas Lights
November 8, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Carnaby will be collaborating with The Rolling Stones in celebration of their 50th Anniversary for the 2012 Christmas light installation. Carnaby is world famous for its music heritage as well as its fashion heritage and this year’s Christmas designs will be a very special project with the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world. The Christmas decorations will consist of huge 3D spheres suspended throughout Carnaby Street containing gold and silver vinyl records emblazoned with the bands iconic artwork and album covers. The Carnaby arches will also be dressed with The Stones iconic tongue logo. The outdoor installations tell a visual story from the band’s creation in the 1960s to the present day. Click here for more information.
FESTIVE HOTEL OFFERS
Christmas at The Landmark London
December 7, 2012 – 6 January 6, 2013
This December you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Landmark with their luxury festive offerings. The ‘All I want for Christmas’ package is perfect for a family outing in London and includes accommodation in a family room or suite, Christmas stockings filled with surprises for your children, full English breakfast waiting for the whole family in the Winter Garden restaurant. Prices are from £359 inclusive of VAT. On Saturday 8 December there will also be a special Christmas event for families to enjoy including a delicious brunch whilst a 70-minute production of pantomime Puss in Boots will provide a special treat for kids of all ages.
The Pantomime Brunch costs £85 per person for those aged 12 and above. Click here for more information.
Christmas Tasting Dinner Masterclass at Sheraton Park Tower
December 18, 2012
This December, acclaimed Executive Head Chef Pascal Proyart will be hosting an exclusive tasting dinner masterclass in London’s finest fish restaurant – One-O-One. Guests will be treated to an evening of outstanding cuisine and culinary insights from Chef Proyart as he reveals the secrets behind some of his renowned fish and seafood dishes. Tickets cost £149 per person and include a five-course tasting dinner, wine pairings with each course, as well as the unique opportunity to learn to cook two of the dishes with Chef Pascal Proyart in the One-O-One kitchens. Click here for more information.
Festive Afternoon Tea at London Hilton on Park Lane
December 17, 2012 – January 4, 2013
The ultimate festive indulgence, the Christmas afternoon tea comes served on a solid chocolate plate and includes gift-shaped chocolate fancies, chocolate-sculpted, snow topped Christmas trees and a miniature Christmas pudding parfait. Non-chocolate treats include a classic selection of open sandwiches, decorative cupcakes and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Priced at £32.50 per person, or £39.50 per person with Champagne. Click here for more information.