London really is a special place to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The spirits are high and the excitement and festivities can be felt all over the city. Christmas shoppers wrapped up in warm clothes with hats and scarfs on, searching for the final preparations for this joyous occasion. Local pubs and bars filling up with happy people, Christmas carols being played, drinks being enjoyed with work mates and families. There is an air of unity amongst the people of London all looking forward to spending time with their families and seeing in the New Year. We at HotelQuickly have highlighted a few suggestions of great things to do during this amazing time.
Christmas shopping in London
One thing London is famous for is shopping, especially with its fashionable high street stores all selling the latest trending clothes and products. During Christmas time, shopping is at its ultimate peak with locals and tourists all looking for that perfect, special gift. Oxford Street in central London is most famous for its stores and also the Christmas lighting. Huge amazing displays hang high above the main roads illuminating the shoppers below. It really is a lovely sight to see hundreds of beautiful lights shaped with a Christmas theme.
Markets and street stalls
If you are looking for more variety when shopping for presents this Christmas, there are a selection of famous markets often selling local produce and cool and trendy items that you won’t find in the high street stores. Camden market in the north of London is a fantastic place to visit and browse around. Situated on a waterside canal, this old traditional market is great for second hand clothes and locally sourced goods. It really is has an authentic taste of the old side of London, with chestnuts being roasted on open fires by vendors and mulled wine being served in plastic cups. Brick Lane market, Old Spitalfields market and Covent Garden are equally legendary in local terms and are great to explore.
Best lunches for Christmas
Choosing where to have your traditional Christmas lunch when in London can be quite a task. Whilst many prepare their delicious dinners at home for families and friends, some decide to treat themselves to amazing meals created by top chefs across the city. Here are a few suggestions of highlighted places for that special meal. Be aware that booking in advance is always advised. If you fancy your Christmas lunch with a view, then on the fortieth floor of the Duck & Waffle in Moorgate offers fantastic a panoramic scene of the city as you indulge in a luxurious five-course dinner. For a more Gastro pub experience the Grazing Goat in Marylebone provides all the trimmings starting with a glass of champagne and all the classics. The Hope pub in Peckham has a very reasonably priced traditional lunch in a more intimate setting, and is situated opposite Wandsworth common so you can have a lovely walk after you’ve eaten.
Top places for spending New Years Eve
London is a fantastic city to spend New Years Eve, with so many different things to do and see. Much like every major capital city high up on the list are the fireworks. People line the banks of the river Thames waiting in anticipation for one of the most incredible displays you are likely to see. You can also get great viewing spots from Waterloo Bridge and the Bridge of Westminster. Thousands of people love to enjoy this spectacle so be aware of the crowds and enjoy the fun. If you are looking to see the New Year in listening and dancing to music, then London has it all. From party classics, traditional sing-alongs in a local pub through to some of the best nightclubs in the world this city has it all. The Ministry of Sound in the Elephant and Castle, is hosting a huge party for New Year featuring house DJ Hannah Wants. There is an awesome Blitz party at the Village Underground in Shoreditch taking you back in time to with 40’s style fun and live music.
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