Plan an unforgettable holiday trip this year and discover the magic of winter in London! Come for festive fun before Christmas and stay to ring in the New Year with the incredible fireworks display over Big Ben that returns again this year. London’s museums and theatre scene are top notch all year long, but are especially inviting during the winter months. Plus, with cosy pubs and hearty fare, there are plenty of tasty reasons to enjoy the cooler weather. Here’s what to see and do this winter in London!
Christmas Magic in London
With Christmas decorations galore, fabulous shopping, ice skating rinks and more, London really knows how to create a festive atmosphere for the holidays. Have fun at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland or enjoy a bit of holiday shopping with beautiful Christmas lights along Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Carnaby Street. Lace up the ice skates at Somerset House and then warm up with a visit to he beautifully redesigned Courtauld Gallery nearby. Why not get tickets to a holiday show? This year you can enjoy Elf! at the Dominion Theatre or Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre along with so many excellent musicals and plays in the West End.
Start the New Year Right in London
Come from Christmas and stay for New Year’s Eve to start 2023 in a spectacular way. London’s famous fireworks are back after being cancelled the last two years. Fireworks fill the sky and highlight London landmarks like the London Eye and iconic Big Ben. Join the festive crowds for a countdown and then hear the bells of Big Ben toll as the fireworks begin. It’s a thrill! You’ll need to plan in advance to enjoy the best views of the fireworks – and tickets sell out quickly. Sign up here to find out when more tickets for the 2023 New Year’s Eve fireworks are on sale. The experience will be even more striking this year as the scaffolding on Big Ben has been removed after a five-year restoration. Now’s the perfect time to start the new year in London!
Home for the Holidays at Bronte
Our beautiful new two-bedroom, two-bathroom Bronte apartment is the ideal home away from home for the holiday season in London. With plenty of space to relax and spend time together with family or friends, this impeccably decorated vacation rental is situated in stylish Kensington not far from Chelsea and South Kensington. Will you be the lucky ones to enjoy the holidays at Bronte this year?
An Extra Dose of Art and Culture
Off season is a great time to enjoy London’s excellent museums and galleries with fewer crowds. This winter, be tempted by the blockbuster Cezanne show at Tate Modern that’s on until March 12, 2023. Or mark your calendars for February 11, 2023 when Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance opens at the V&A. This will be the first major UK exhibition dedicated to the Renaissance master Donatello. Then spend time going beyond the British Museum to see the best small museums and London’s best museums for design lovers.
While shopping is festive and fun before the holidays, for the best sales the time to shop in London starts right after Christmas. Most sales start on Boxing Day (December 26) or the day after and many sales run until the middle of January. Shop at historic department stores like Liberty and Fortnum & Mason for a true London experience or head to High Street Kensington for great deals at high street favorites. Need some inspiration? Check out our London Shopping Guide to find all the best spots for shopping this winter.
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