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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 10 Christmas Activities in London

Nowhere does Christmas quite like London! The capital is transformed into a wintery wonderland, decorated with glittery lights, festive pop-ups and markets around every corner. Which is why, we have put together 10 Christmas activities in London to make your winter magical.

All activities below are either moments from our hotel doors or just an train ride away!

Christmas Lights

London boasts some of the country’s most dazzling Christmas displays, and admiring them is just one way to get into the festive spirit. From the twinkling lights of Oxford Street, to the beautiful decorations that illuminate Covent Garden, you’ll be blown away with the sparkling array of Christmas lights that embellish the capital.

What’s more, The Belgravia Christmas Display Competition is back for 2022, so you can follow Belgravia’s Christmas trail to discover the neighbourhood’s beautiful festive displays.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite! The winner will be announced on Monday 19th December.

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Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping is a dreamlike experience. Whether you like to get your shopping done early or you leave it till the last minute, the streets of London will be jam-packed with festive gifts, twinkling Christmas lights and picture-perfect window displays in the run-up to the big day.

Our charm, is that we’re only a stone’s throw away from the luxury destination of Knightsbridge, home to the world-famous department store – Harrods, sparkling with more than 12,000 light bulbs, and the lavish department store Harvey Nichols. We’ll even help you with all those gift bags!

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Christmas Markets

One of the many delights of Christmas are the Christmas Markets, and London has plenty of them! Whether you go for the heart-warming food stalls, the festive atmosphere, or the artisan gifts, a Christmas market is a must-do activity each year. Imagine a mulled wine (or cider) in one hand, a mince pie in the other, listening to joyous carols as you buy presents for your loved-ones. It doesn’t get much merrier than that!

Our favourites are Sloane Square, bustling with Santa’s Grotto and a Bavarian Curling Rink, and Pimlico Farmers Market filled with the tastiest festive treats! Both just moments from our hotel doors and available until 24 December 2022. 

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Christmas Shows

London theatres are back to their best, ready for this year’s Christmas performances and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you’re looking for a traditional pantomime, a dazzling night at the circus, or an enchanting ballet performance, there is something for everyone.

One of our favourites is The Nutcracker, performed at one of London’s most iconic buildings – the Royal Albert Hall. This captivating production, featuring Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family. What makes it so special, is that it was created exclusively for the Royal Albert Hall, with gorgeous period costumes, stunning lighting, and dazzling projections.

Available from Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 December 2022

Photo Credit: Royal Albert Hall

Winter Wonderland

The ultimate Christmas destination in London!

Hyde Park is lit with fairy lights and filled to the brim with Londoners and visitors alike. If you’ve never been before, this place has everything you can dream of… With humble beginnings as an open-air Christmas market, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice-skating, roller-coaster rides, street-food stalls, festive bars and live music and shows. For 16 years, it has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London, and this year won’t be any different.

Be sure to visit between 18 November 2022 and 2 January 2023.

Photo Credit: Winter Wonderland

Anya's Grotto

Located just next door to The Hari, is the Anya Hindmarch Village on Pont Street. This little village is made up of different stores, home to all sorts of quirky projects. The most wonderful of all is ‘The Village Hall’ – a shop that transforms into something new every couple of months. 

Currently you can expect to see Anya’s Grotto, where they are taking you on a magical expedition with Father Christmas this festive season. Find your way through moonlit forests and crunchy snow – before meeting enjoying a story read by Father Christmas himself.

Anya’s Grotto will be welcoming children of all ages (recommended for ages 2-8) from 14 November to 24 December.

The Gingerbread City

Marvel at five entire cities made of gingerbread this winter with The Gingerbread City at The Museum of Architecture in Belgravia. Now in its sixth year, the exhibition features expertly crafted cities created by more than 100 architects, designers and engineers. Made with dough, sweets and icing, these mini-city masterpieces will depict five edible cities across different climate zones: polar, continental, temperate, dry and tropical, exploring our desire for more liveable cities where most everyday needs can be accomplished within a 15-minute walk, cycle or trip on public transport.

Edible and festive, a visit to The Gingerbread City is a must-do this Christmas, open from 3 December, 2022 to 3 January, 2023 at 6-7 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London.

Photo Credit: BelgraviaLDN


Experience the thrill of ice-skating at one of London’s magical ice rinks this winter. You can skate surrounded by sparkling fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, and cabins serving heart-warming beverages with the whole family (even if you’re like Bambi on ice!).

Sadly, The Natural History Museum’s iconic ice rink is no more. However you can choose to glide at one of London’s most picturesque locations – Somerset House. Spin around the neoclassical courtyard with views of a giant Christmas tree, surrounded by music from DJ soundtracks. Afterwards, warm up with an indulgent hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolate, or sip on a cocktail or two in the Moët & Chandon Skate Lounge.

Dates available until 15 January 2023!

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Winter Shire Horse Carriage Rides

Enjoy 75-minutes of pure Christmas magic, with a horse drawn carriage ride through Richmond Park.

Head to Holly Lodge, where you’ll be greeted with slow gin and mince pies, before taking your place in the carriage drawn by 6 majestic Shire Horses. As you trot around the park in all it’s winter glory, let your senses go to work. Enjoy the sounds of hoofs and bells, feel the warmth snuggled under a blanket, and watch the wildlife in their natural habitat. (If you’re lucky, you may even get to experience some snow!). What’s more, you’ll also be treated to a unique behind-the-scenes visit of the working stables.

An experience not to be missed! Available until Sunday 1st January 2023.

Photo Credit: Royal Parks

Hogwarts in The Snow

Harry Potter is synonymous with Christmas.

This year, 2022 will conclude with the return of the Yule Ball as the Great Hall is transformed with the icy silvers of the iconic Yule Ball scene. The Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of film-making snow will cover the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and the magnificent Hogwarts castle model.

Available from Saturday 12th November – Thursday 15th January 2023.

A Stay at The Hari

Christmas in London isn’t complete without an overnight stay at The Hari. You will be greeted with a beautiful window display, making you feel festive from the moment you arrive. You can indulge in festive cocktails on our Winter Terrace, or Christmas treats in our Italian restaurant il Pampero, before heading out to explore the wonders that Christmas in London has to offer.

And best of all, the hotel is located in the heart of Belgravia, nearby some of the greatest attractions and shopping destinations, including Winter Wonderland, the Royal Albert Hall, and Harrods to name a few! Just click the button below to book your stay

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