5 Things to do in London this Festive Weekend

London is it's own wonderland this time of year. With the lights in Regent Street to the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, you're never too far from a little bit of festive spirit. Being the disputed shining star of the country, it's no wonder that London brings so many attractions in December for weekend-goers and locals around.

Hotels, restaurants and seasonal events, there's much to do for any socialite who wants to spend time with their loved-ones or have an all-nighter with the girls. Because of this, we decided to make a list of some fabulous things you can do:

5: Ice Skating at Somerset House

 Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason (c) James Bryant

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason (c) James Bryant

Ice skating has to be one of the most festive things you can do foremost, attracting an exciting and action-packed atmosphere with a contrast of fairy lights and calming music. The Ice rink at Somerset House is no exception. Surrounded by the historic brick walls and balconies, you can enjoy an evening of skating around the ice at an affordable price. A night (or day) for the individuals who want a bit of excitement with a relaxed atmosphere. Of course, it will be a tad bit chilly, however wrap up in a bomber jacket and you're good to go!

Time: Now until January 15th. Open daily 10am-10.15pm (Club Nights run until 11.30pm)

Location: Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Cost: Starting from only £7.50!

Nearest Tube: Covent Garden, Temple or Charing Cross station.



4: Afternoon Tea at Brown's Mayfair


Photo from Afternoon Tea Online

A spot of tea is a great way to enjoy London without subjecting yourself to the freezing weather. Brown's in Mayfair is famous for hosting the likes of Queen Victoria and still upholds it's 19th Century architecture. With a cosy & relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy fluffy cakes and hot drinks that will warm the heart. A feel of old London glows in the wood-panelled walls and the menu has a delightful range that will satisfy even the most picky peppermint. A perfect opportunity to dress to impress in our Red Lace Overlay Dress.

Time: Available from 2.30pm to 5pm.

Location: 47 Maddox Street, London, Greater London, W1S 2PG.

Cost: Starting from £12.50 per person - Minimum 2 people.

Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus or Bond Street Station.



3: Southbank Christmas Market


Southbank Centre Christmas Market © Jason Alden

There's so much more than tinsel and candy canes at the Southbank Centre Christmas Market this December. Surround yourself with cheery faces and seasonal stalls. A day filled with stocking fillers, festive treats and hot food.The market is a place where you can have a peruse around beautiful scandinavian decorations without having to worry about buying anything more than a couple mince pies and perhaps a bauble for the grandmother.

Time: Now until January 25th

Location: 30 The Queen's Walk, Lambeth, London SE1

Cost: Free to view

Nearest Tube: Waterloo or Enbankment Station



2: Regent Street Shopping

Photo by RegentStreetOnline.com

It's not unknown territory that Regent Street is a prominent shopping location in London, however during this time of year what really captivates a lot of us is the stunning display of lights that bends round the corners of the buildings. An afternoon/evening of window shopping and dinner ensures that you have a memorable night right at the heart of London. This is one particular area that you cannot miss this Christmas and the lights this year are a particular delight.

Time: Anytime

Location: London W1B 5AH

Cost: Free to view

Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus/Piccadilly Circus



1: Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Photo by the Evening Standard

We both know that you'd be seeing this on the list of things to do, but Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has to be the biggest winter/festive event this December and is packed full of candy floss, exciting rides and warm chestnuts. Celebrating it's 10th year, you can watch a dazzling performance of The Nutcracker on Ice and even look over breathtaking views of London when you grab a seat on the Giant Wheel for a flight 60m above London.

Time:  10am to 10pm daily, however closed on Christmas Day

Location: Hyde ParkLondon, W2 2UH

Cost: Free to enter

Nearest Tube: Marble Arch or Knightsbridge


If you have any more recommendations this weekend then we would love to hear!