|Is there a city more festive at Christmas than London? Once called "Swinging London" for its cultural vitality, at Christmas, the city doubles down on its effervescence and magic. Its streets and numerous parks are decked out in lights, Christmas trees take place of pride in the windows of Georgian houses, and pubs are even more inviting to refuge from the cold.|
Then, of course, London is home to many Christmas traditions, like the almost royal ice rink at Somerset House, and the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square. This year, Harrods' theme for its window displays is "extraordinary gift", and Selfridges opted for a more theatrical world with "Showtime!". Also popular this time of year is the window display of Harvey Nichols, this year filled with wonder with its funfair-themed, holographic colors.
For culture enthusiasts, Tate Modern is hosting an exhibition called Infinity Mirror Rooms by Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. The immersive experience transports into a world of illuminations, for an almost galactic vision. At the National Gallery, find the Credit Suisse Exhibition with portraits by Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals. For Christmas shows, settle down for a mesmerising performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, or indulge in the family classic, Hansel and Gretel.
This time of year, we also recommend the experience of a traditional afternoon tea. Most hotels will offer a Christmas-themed version of their afternoon tea, along with special tipples at the bars. Contact us to book your stay in London. We will gladly help you craft the perfect itinerary for the merriest time in the city!
|Every moment at Claridge’s is special but at Christmas, the hotel truly pulls out all the stops. Sleigh bells and carollers herald the season, with a legendary tree in the lobby, this year designed by Louis Vuitton, hand-made stockings brimming with gifts and the scent of Christmas pudding in the air. On Christmas day itself, enjoy a visit from Father Christmas and his elf, in horse-drawn carriage that rides across Mayfair. Book your Christmas at Claridge's and enjoy a 3-night stay with English breakfast every morning, a Christmas lunch and a guaranteed 2pm check-out, along with countless little thoughtful details to make Christmas memorable.|
|Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street|
|Sitting right where St. James', Mayfair and Soho converge, Hotel Café Royal enjoys a setting in one of the most central locations in London. This Christmas, be a part of the magic with a luxurious stay. From November 22 to December 29, 2023, rooms will include an exclusive Cakes & Bubbles hamper with sweet treats by Albert Adria and a bottle of Champagne, and a royal English breakfast for two every morning.|
|The Dorchester, Park Lane|
|The Dorchester is one of the world's most iconic hotels. Freshly renovated, it was already shining with a thousand lights, doubling down on the sparkle this Christmas with its conviviality and magic. The Promenade, where the hotel's legendary afternoon tea is served, is particularly enchanting!|
|Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square|
|Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square overlooks 2 of London’s most iconic landmarks: Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. This Christmas, discover London from the stately confines of what was once the Port of London Authority headquarters, along with a Christmas menu at the 2 Michelin starred La Dame de Pic London, a festive afternoon tea at the Rotunda Bar & Lounge, and to keep the little ones busy, a complimentary gingerbread decorating workshop.|
|The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge|
|On Hyde Park Corner, The Lanesborough is a hotel housed in a grand, Regency-style residence. At Christmas, its atmosphere is at its most magical, sparkling with elegant Christmas décor and full of merriment. Check in for Christmas and enjoy your very own Christmas tree in your room, along with complimentary breakfast every morning and a sumptuous five-course Christmas Day lunch at The Lanesborough Grill. The Lanesborough is also the only London hotel to offer a 24-hour butler service with every room category.|
|Corinthia London, Whitehall Place|
|At Corinthia London, Christmas is never more magical than when it's celebrated with unnecessary necessities like the festive afternoon tea, the seasonal spa experiences, the Christmas Day dining at The Northall and in your room, a bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne. A stay at the Corinthia also comes with daily English breakfast at The Northall.|