London is one of the best cities in the world to visit at Christmastime, with fairy lights as far as the eye can see, frost in the air, and a plethora of festive-themed events taking place around the capital.
If you’re planning on hiring a chauffeur service around London over the next few weeks, make sure you don’t miss out on some of the following.
- The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall
If there was a ballet synonymous with Christmas, it would have to be The Nutcracker, so make sure you don’t miss the performance at the Royal Albert Hall until the end of December.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Royal Ballet Sinfonia will put on the production against Tchaikovsky’s famous score, with tickets starting from £11.
- Hogwarts in the Snow
Harry Potter fans need to take part in the Warner Bros Studio Tour London, as it is holding a special Hogwarts in the Snow exhibition. Visitors will be able to see the real props and costumes used in the Harry Potter flicks, and have a look around the movie sets used in some of the franchise’s wintry scenes.
This festive-themed tour will give a glimpse into the making of the Harry Potter films, as well as a taste of what Hogwarts would have been like at Christmastime.
- Go ice-skating at Somerset House
Is there anything that will make you feel more Christmassy than gliding around on an outdoor ice rink? In this case, head to Somerset House this December and slide around its 900-square-metre outdoor rink.
For a true Christmassy touch, the ice-rink, which will be open until January 15th, has a huge 40-foot decorated tree to look at while on the ice.
- Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace
Get your chauffeur to drive a little further out of the city to visit the Festive Fayre, taking place in Hampton Court Palace this weekend (December 2nd to 4th).
See its iconic courtyard transformed into a Christmassy market, serving delicious food, drink, and handmade gifts. You will also be able to enjoy listening to some festive favourites, thanks to musicians playing in the East Front bandstands. There will also be a carol service in the Chapel Royal on Saturday at 1200 and 1500.
Visitors can attend the fayre for free by buying entry to Hampton Court Palace.
- Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew has become so popular over the last ten years that many Londoners don’t consider the Yuletide season to have begun without a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew first.
Take a look at the gardens’ beautiful light shows, including a music and water display in front of Palm House, the geometric installation on the lake at Illusion Hole, and luminous poppies a its Floraison feature.
The Christmas Cathedral, with thousands of fairy lights, is one of the most popular spectacles at the event, which typically takes 75 minutes to walk around.
Tickets start from £14 for children and £21.50 for adults for Christmas at Kew, which will carry on until January 8th.