If you’ve booked a trip to London’s West End, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of the best theatre scenes in the world and bound to deliver a great evening of entertainment.
Yet, going down to the theatre at Christmas is even more special. The season of festivities, joy and good times are officially upon on us. Whether or not you live in London or you are just visiting, it is the ideal place to get a real feel for Christmas – with a host of great events to get you in the mood.
So, how do you make the most of your festive theatre trip?
If you’ve booked to see a show at the West End, then why not plan a couple of days in London and stay over? You can then visit the famous Winter Wonderland that runs in Hyde Park till January 1. It features a huge fair, a Christmas market and tonnes of seasonal food and drinks. It is free to get in but everything inside will cost you, apart from the atmosphere, which you can soak in for free!
Or, why not head down to the heart of Covent Garden Market and find the Crusting Pipe? It takes up a large part of the lower courtyard where you will often find opera singers and string quartets. Be sure to pop in here and sample some of the Crusting Pipe’s mulled wine.
You won’t have experienced London at Christmas properly at Christmas unless you have braved the Oxford Street rush. Whether its last minute Christmas shopping or a hunt for the best bargains, Oxford Street can be so overwhelming but you will find some of the most amazing Christmas presents in the shops here. If you’ve got it in you to battle your way through the crowds, it will be well worth while. Not only that but Oxford Street’s Christmas decorations are among the best in the capital.
Then there’s Harrods, an iconic shop with more than 330 different departments! Although some of the goods on offer might all be a little bit too much for most of us to afford, it doesn’t mean you can’t spend your time exploring all the different departments – from food to furniture and toys to technology. It does have a whole section completely dedicated to Christmas, so that would be a good place for you to start.
Last but not least, it certainly wouldn’t be Christmas without getting your ice skates on and hitting the ice rink. Somerset House in London is one of the most magical locations for ice skating that you will ever come across, complete with a giant tree and the house itself lit up. This isn’t the only ice rink you can visit, there’s also the Natural History Museum or Tower of London too.
There is so much happening in London at Christmas you’ll struggle to choose what to do. Booking the theatre is a great first move – but embrace the bright lights, shops and ice rinks to make your festive theatre trip even more special.