Festive places to visit this winter!

Now that the Christmas period is fast approaching, I think it’s time we talked about some fun, wintery events happening around London that you should definitely go check out!

First and foremost, I should remind you that Covid regulations are still in place, so it’s probably best to book in advance and to check the rules for each of these lovely places. Take care and stay safe!


As I was writing this, I thought to myself: “What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of winter activities...?” and for me, that’s ice skating, of course! There are 5 main ice rinks that are worth checking out, and I’ll start with the Natural History Museum ice rink: this opened on the 22nd of October and will run up until the 16th of January.


They plan to transform this space into a hub for urban wildlife, so this is going to be the last year they’ll be opening the ice rink!


Moreover, if any Harry Potter lover wasn’t already aware, the Museum has an exhibition inspired by Fantastic Beasts running until the 3rd of January – where you can learn more about how real-life animals often share similar abilities to that of their magical beasts' counterparts.


Find more information here: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/ice-rink.html and here: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/fantastic-beasts-the-wonder-of-nature.html

Next up is the Somerset House Ice Rink. Hailed as one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences, the Somerset House offers unrivalled skating, contemporary music, delicious food and drink, and a movie-like atmosphere.


This ice rink Opened on the 17th of November and, similarly to the Natural History Museum, will run up to the 16th of January.

You can also visit the nearby Courtauld Gallery, which has reopened on the 19th of November following a major transformation project!

Find more information here: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/skate-somerset-house


And here: https://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/


Here are the other 3 major ice rinks you could visit: the Canary Wharf ice rink (https://icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk/), the Hampton Court Palace ice rink (https://hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk/ ), and the Queen's House ice rink (https://www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house/attractions/queens-house-ice-rink )

Next up is, of course, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.

This is one of the most famous winter attractions in London, and for good reason! Filled to the brim with fun rides, delicious food, mesmerizing Christmas lights, and their own ice rink, this is one of those places you should visit at least once in your life!


My favourite attraction would be the Haunted House, so if you plan to give the event a visit, make sure to check it out.


Winter Wonderland opened on the 19th of November and will last until the 3rd of January, and you can find more information here on how to book your tickets: https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Finally, we have the Kew Gardens’ Christmas Lights Display.

Open 4pm to 10pm from the 17th of November to the 9th of January, this is a magical experience that will take your breath away for sure!


Enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine while you stroll through the gardens, taking in the sights as you stop to get something to munch on from the stalls along the way.

Here you can find more information: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas

That’s it from me. Whether you plan to go ice-skating, visit a museum, see the dancing lights at Kew Gardens, take on the rollercoasters at Hyde Park, or stay under your blankets enjoying the warmth of your house, I hope you’ll enjoy this winter!

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