So, this is probably a little late on, but with Christmas a week away and there still being time after the big day (a post Christmas pick-me-up if you want)- I thought I'd put together a little guide of some of my favourite things to do to feel festive in the capital. Okay, these aren't exactly secrets or hidden gems to everyone- and you've probably heard or seen these across the net, on Instagram or on Time Out- but these are some of my favourite things to do in London if you have a little time, or an evening to spare. I was also thinking of doing a 'Post Christmas London guide' with things to ease the January blues- so let me know if you'd like to see that too!

The Nutcracker London The Nutcracker London The Nutcracker
To be honest, although I did ballet as a little 'un, I never really fell head over heels with it. I was far too shy and lazy growing up to pursue any dancer dreams, and pretty much only enjoyed wearing a tutu and pretty ballet slippers (cheater)! Anyway, last week I saw The Nutcracker, and in short- I'd be happy to see it every day throughout December if money/seating was no object. It was the most festive thing I've possibly done this month, and was the most magical way to spend an evening. It's on until the 4th of January, so I'd recommend booking ASAP, but it's truly worth it.

Find it: London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES From: 11 Dec - 4th Jan '15

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Perhaps not necessarily the most festive place to unwind (which isn't always a bad thing), this little hideout near Seven Dials is certainly an absolutely delicious place to get some dinner pre or post theatre (especially if you hit up The Nutcracker), and their Christmas set menu is a wonderful twist on your classic roast, too. Joe and I feasted on their delicious burger sliders, salted caramel ice cream (as good as it sounds) and steak- and left feeling suitably full and ready to go back and sample more- bon appetit!

Find it: 4a Upper St Martin's Lane, London

Covent Garden Apple Market Covent Garden Apple Market Covent Garden Apple Market Covent Garden Market
It would be rude to do any kind of Christmas guide and leave out Covent Garden's beautiful Apple Market. Joe and I came here one evening, when it was a little more quiet, solely to admire the decorations and it was absolutely stunning. During the day there's different stalls serving everything from mince pies, salted caramel tarts and everything in between (plus there's REAL reindeers there this weekend)- which is pretty special too. That's of course without mentioning the shops that line the market- Chanel, Burberry and Laduree anyone?

Find it: Nearest tube, Covent Garden or Charing Cross

St Paul's Cathedral Christmas St Paul's Cathedral Christmas St Paul's Cathedral
This may not be quite for everyone, but if you're a fan of exercising those lungs, or simply want some traditional Christmas goodness- than popping by to a reading or carol service at St Paul's Catherdral is certainly one way to get in the spirit, and that's without even mentioning the breathtaking building itself. There's something completely special about spending time here, and after visiting for their annual Carol Concert earlier this week (and singing my tiny heart out to 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) I'm determined to go back again very soon.

Find it: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market
Another not-so-secret pick but gorgeous during the evening (don't arrive during the day without checking opening times, as I learnt arriving to lots of closed attractions), this strip along London's Southbank is scattered with traditional log cabin stalls, laden with hot chocolate, mulled wine, more churros than you can shake a stick at- and a Christmassy carousel to boot. Also perfect if you fancy a Christmassy 'Love Actually' style stroll along the river before the big day.

Find it: Southbank Centre SE1 8XX From: 11 Nov - 4th Jan '15

Borough Market Christmas Borough Market Christmas
If that's not enough...
- Head to Camden Market to visit their Christmas stalls as well as hit up their incredible Stables Vintage - As well as Somerset House and the Natural History Museum, Vauxhall have an awesome new rink and Christmas tree maze - If Winter Wonderland is too busy, head to East London's Winterville for street food and festive goodness, including cult-foodie-favourite VooDoo Rays!- I also love Borough Market during December to pick up supplies and to try new festive treats!-



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So, this is probably a little late on, but with Christmas a week away and there still being time after the big day (a post Christmas pick-me-up if you want)- I thought I'd put together a little guide of some of my favourite things to do to feel festive in the capital. Okay, these aren't exactly secrets or hidden gems to everyone- and you've probably heard or seen these across the net, on Instagram or on Time Out- but these are some of my favourite things to do in London if you have a little time, or an evening to spare. I was also thinking of doing a 'Post Christmas London guide' with things to ease the January blues- so let me know if you'd like to see that too!

The Nutcracker London The Nutcracker London The Nutcracker
To be honest, although I did ballet as a little 'un, I never really fell head over heels with it. I was far too shy and lazy growing up to pursue any dancer dreams, and pretty much only enjoyed wearing a tutu and pretty ballet slippers (cheater)! Anyway, last week I saw The Nutcracker, and in short- I'd be happy to see it every day throughout December if money/seating was no object. It was the most festive thing I've possibly done this month, and was the most magical way to spend an evening. It's on until the 4th of January, so I'd recommend booking ASAP, but it's truly worth it.

Find it: London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES From: 11 Dec - 4th Jan '15

Tredwells London Review Tredwells London Review Tredwells London Review Tredwells London Review Tredwell's
Perhaps not necessarily the most festive place to unwind (which isn't always a bad thing), this little hideout near Seven Dials is certainly an absolutely delicious place to get some dinner pre or post theatre (especially if you hit up The Nutcracker), and their Christmas set menu is a wonderful twist on your classic roast, too. Joe and I feasted on their delicious burger sliders, salted caramel ice cream (as good as it sounds) and steak- and left feeling suitably full and ready to go back and sample more- bon appetit!

Find it: 4a Upper St Martin's Lane, London

Covent Garden Apple Market Covent Garden Apple Market Covent Garden Apple Market Covent Garden Market
It would be rude to do any kind of Christmas guide and leave out Covent Garden's beautiful Apple Market. Joe and I came here one evening, when it was a little more quiet, solely to admire the decorations and it was absolutely stunning. During the day there's different stalls serving everything from mince pies, salted caramel tarts and everything in between (plus there's REAL reindeers there this weekend)- which is pretty special too. That's of course without mentioning the shops that line the market- Chanel, Burberry and Laduree anyone?

Find it: Nearest tube, Covent Garden or Charing Cross

St Paul's Cathedral Christmas St Paul's Cathedral Christmas St Paul's Cathedral
This may not be quite for everyone, but if you're a fan of exercising those lungs, or simply want some traditional Christmas goodness- than popping by to a reading or carol service at St Paul's Catherdral is certainly one way to get in the spirit, and that's without even mentioning the breathtaking building itself. There's something completely special about spending time here, and after visiting for their annual Carol Concert earlier this week (and singing my tiny heart out to 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) I'm determined to go back again very soon.

Find it: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market Southbank Christmas Market
Another not-so-secret pick but gorgeous during the evening (don't arrive during the day without checking opening times, as I learnt arriving to lots of closed attractions), this strip along London's Southbank is scattered with traditional log cabin stalls, laden with hot chocolate, mulled wine, more churros than you can shake a stick at- and a Christmassy carousel to boot. Also perfect if you fancy a Christmassy 'Love Actually' style stroll along the river before the big day.

Find it: Southbank Centre SE1 8XX From: 11 Nov - 4th Jan '15

Borough Market Christmas Borough Market Christmas
If that's not enough...
- Head to Camden Market to visit their Christmas stalls as well as hit up their incredible Stables Vintage - As well as Somerset House and the Natural History Museum, Vauxhall have an awesome new rink and Christmas tree maze - If Winter Wonderland is too busy, head to East London's Winterville for street food and festive goodness, including cult-foodie-favourite VooDoo Rays!- I also love Borough Market during December to pick up supplies and to try new festive treats!-



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38 comments:

  1. Going to Christmas markets is one of my favourite things to do at this time of year. Nothing beats even despite how cold the weather is lol :) X

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  2. I'm now feeling very festive!
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  3. If ever I'm in London during Christmastime, I'm going to have to make a trip to Covent Garden Market and the Southbank Christmas Market! You should definitely make a post-Christmas London guide--I know I'd love to read it (and see some more beautiful photography). I went to the Christmas Village in Philly this Tuesday--it was a little lackluster, but it was still a nice excursion :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  4. We're heading to Kew Gardens in early January so I'm going to try and get my family to do some of these things whilst we're in Central - love the sound of the food

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. London must be a wonderful place to spend Christmas, I'm going to make the most of it next year!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  6. I've always wanted to see The Nutcracker and this post has motivated me even more to do so! :)
    Love the photos - London is always gorgeous at Christmas time,

    Love, Lucy
    www.farawaylucy.com

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  7. I love the Southbank Christmas Market every year! Great post Olivia!
    I also went to Winterville at Victoria Park this year for the first time, which would loads of festive fun, and I got to do a spot of roller-skating! x
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  8. So many great things to do, thinking about The Nutcracker still gives me goosebumps, was so lovely to meet you :)

    Josie XOXO
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  9. I planned on going to London this year with a friend of mine during the christmas and new years time. But we didn't make it. Seeing all those pictures is kind of a substitute for spending it in Germany. Hopefully next year x

    Best Wishes, Eva
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  10. i love covent garden, wish i could experience it at christmas!

    xx fameliquorlove // bloglovin // instagram // youtube

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  11. I go to Southbank Christmas Market every year! Will be visiting this Sunday and the Theatre is a great place to go around this time as well :)

    Tosin x
    www.plumcherrytree.blogspot.uk

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  12. I'll keep these things in mind for when I visit London!

    ~ Hannelore

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  13. Love it !
    xx
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  14. Covent Garden is beautiful at Christmas!
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  15. What amazing photos what camera do you use? xox

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  16. I saw The Nutcracker a good few years back now, but remember enjoying it so much! Would happily see it again, maybe I'll have to make a last minute booking!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  17. London is an absolute haven for little gems and christmas spirit in the winter months. loved this post!

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  18. Loved this post, I've got a friend visiting from overseas over Christmas so I can't wait to take her to some of these places!

    Andini xx
    Adventures of an Anglophile

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  19. Fab! I'd love to see a January guide too :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  20. Stunning photo's! x
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  21. Lovely photos! It all looks so wonderful, especially the ballet.
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  22. i should do this.... Love it.

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  23. London looks so beautiful at Christmas, everything looks so pretty and festive! It would be so lovely to see the Nutcracker at this time of year.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  24. It looks so fun and festive there
    xo
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  25. Such nice post, very festive. :)
    Will make sure to put this in my list.
    -Rupsha
    Lovesicklilac
    Twitter-b_rupsha

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  26. I have an urge to book flights to London immediately. It looks like such a fab place to celebrate Christmas!

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer // Bloglovin'

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  27. The Nutcracker is such a brilliant ballet - I went to see it last year!

    Emily x
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  28. The Nutcracker is something I have wanted to do for so long and after seeing your post I have just booked for myself a friend and her ballet obsessed little girl to go and see if just after Christmas :) So excited now xo

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  29. Amazingly inspiring! Such a great post!

    Stunning!

    ♥♥♥

    Jeanne

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  30. ah this is nice, not heard about the vauxhall ice rink - will check it out http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ice-skating-at-natural-history-museum.html

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  31. It will be my first Christmas outside of London in three years and this post makes me miss it so much!

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

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  32. This is such a lovely post! it has definitely given me some ideas, I love Christmas markets xx

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  33. Another lovely post! :)
    So Christmassy and so 'London'.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    & Merry Christmas! :)

    Love, Sienna x

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  34. Ice cream.. hot cocoa.. ahh I want them!

    Arianne

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