Christmas Events and Attractions in London

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Jimmy's Lodge On The River
Jimmy's Lodge On The River
Coppa Club Winter Igloos
Coppa Club Winter Igloos
Christmas at Kew
Winterland London
Skylight Rooftop
Curl Runnings
Winter at Southbank Centre
Pergola Paddington
St Pancras International Christmas Tree


London boasts an exciting programme of events all year round but at Christmas things get truly special, with a series of weird and wonderful events, pop-ups and attractions to get you in the festive mood. So, here's our guide to some of the best Christmas events worth braving the chilly outdoors for.

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Skylight Rooftop

A rooftop ice rink, cosy igloos and huts on top of Tobacco Dock.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


From 1st November 2018, Skylight gets a winter makeover with rooftop ice rink, cosy igloos and huts on top of Tobacco Dock. The winter season brings heated apres skate bars, draped in glimmering lights, serving warming winter cocktails, mulled wine as well as beers and ciders. Set on the top three levels of a former car park in Wapping, the 600 capacity Skylight has multiple bars, indoor and outdoor seating areas, and two street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city - you can see The Shard, The Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie from here. Food wise, Raclette Brothers are bringing their signature Alpine treats with copious amounts of melted cheese and Yiro return with a seasonal menu. DJs, seasonal events and parties add to the offer with New Year's Eve celebrations sponsored by Moet et Chandon and a Burn's Night Ceilidh in January fuelled by Monkey Shoulder whisky drinks.


Jimmy's Lodge On The River

Dine in your own personal snow globe alongside the Thames this winter.

Thames Path, outside Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dine in your own personal snow globe alongside the Thames this winter. The four glass igloos are part of Jimmy's Lodge On The River created by Jimmy Garcia of Jimmy's Pop Ups fame. The igloos have been given a new look for 2018 and can be booked for 6-10 people to a set menu of winter warming dishes while overlooking the Thames. Feast on home smoked mackerel rillettes, smoked Scottish venison tartare and traditional alpine fondue. For the ultimate feast, choose from the steak share, 600g of flat iron steak cooked on a hot stone. An alpine foodie retreat, Jimmy's Lodge also serves a fondue menu at 'The Refuge', upstairs in the first-floor wooden ski chalet style lodge restaurant. In addition, there's a more accessible grab-and-go menu of street food from the Winter Grill downstairs, so you can eat as you stroll along, taking in the winter market and views over the river. The Lodge will also be open for New Year's Eve, with an alpine feast, unlimited drinks and a view of the fireworks.


Pergola Paddington

The fashionable food court has been weather-proofed for winter with thick blankets and heating as well as a transparent roof on the top deck.

5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London, W2 6PY

Tube: Paddington Station


One of London's most Instagram friendly food courts, Pergola Paddington has proved to be a big hit and the fashionable food court is back with a winter makeover. Offering a warming cocktails menu, the vast venue, with a covered dining area for 850, has been weather-proofed for winter with thick blankets and heating as well as a transparent roof on the top deck. The four warming winter menus are by Southern Mexican specialists Yucatan, serving spicy, tropically infused Mexican food. Burger legends Patty & Bun are back again, alongside Vietnamese barbecue masters MAM and duck devotees Canard. Each has created a winter menu with a focus on wholesome and hearty dishes. It all adds up to a n ideal spot for a winter outing, fuelled by mulled wine. You can book in for free for groups of up to 199 people or simply walk-in and escape the cold , no booking required.


Coppa Club Winter Igloos

Cosy igloos for Christmas lunch with a festive feel.

Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 09th October - 31st January 2019


The instagram hit, Coppa Club's igloos along the Thames are back and this year they're even better. They've been re-designed by Coppa Club's design manager, Theresa Obermoser, as timber frame structures with Perspex sliding doors, all fully furnished enclosures with heating, blankets and speakers. Serving a Christmas menu from mid November, these cosy igloos make an ideal venue for Christmas lunch with a festive feel. Last year they sold out within 48 hours, so be quick. Bookings are live from Tuesday 9th October.


Curl Runnings

The rooftop pop-up celebrates the 25th anniversary of Cool Runnings.

Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 01st November - 22nd December 2018


On top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford Roof East is back for winter 2018, celebrating the 25th anniversary of classic film Cool Runnings. Putting a tropical twist on the winter months, Curl Runnings is ideal for anyone who's not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. The aptly named pop-up will see the return of Sliders - London's first ever curling spectacle - with neon lit lanes available to book along with lane-side cocktails and icy libations. Sticking to the theme, there's also a boating seating area and a bobsleigh or two. For a more traditional taste of winter, try the street food from Jimmy Garcia, including the Lodge raclette burger, a venison hot dog, crispy chicken schnitzel and proper cheesy chips. The winter bar, meanwhile, offers hot toddies like boozy hot chocolate and apple strudel mojitos. A great spot for a sundowner, the views over east London are pretty good from up here - you can see all the way to the Olympic Park with the red, looping curls of the Orbit rising above it.


Winterland London

This festive pop-up brings the Alps to London.

Albert Wharf, , London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station


Dates: 08th November - 31st December 2018


Neverland London returns for winter with a brand new theme, bringing the Alps to London and there are bauble filled igloos and firepits to keep you warm. Retro gondolas and chairlifts help turn Fulham's Thameside food court into a ski resort as Winterland transports guests back in time to the Alps in the 80s and 90s. Jimmy's Lodge is in charge of the food, serving wood fired, sourdough pizzas with festive toppings, fondues and schnitzels, best enjoyed in the warmth of a heated winter lodge and washed down with some mulled wine. You can also sip on winter warmer cocktails from the comfort of the fur lined sofas. For those more playful moments, a karaoke booth, curling lanes, beer pong, putting pong, table tennis and more can be found within Fulham's very own ski resort.


Winter at Southbank Centre

The traditional Christmas market returns along with a programme of new shows and family fun.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 09th November - 06th January 2019


Two brand new family shows are at the heart of this year's Winter programme at the Southbank Centre. The award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present the European premiere of Circus 1903 and two Australian theatre companies perform the UK premiere of Rumpelstiltskin, mixing music and silliness and starring cabaret legend Paul Capsis. There's more festive family fun with a sing-along version of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler's Zog & Friends Show, That Night Follows Day by Forced Entertainment and Maureen Lipman's Up for It. The entire 21 acre site is transformed into a winter landscape with the Winter Market, illuminated rooftops, choirs, carols and classical music - highlights include the return of Handel's Messiah and Christmas at the Movies. Tango classes, swing dancing, ballroom lessons, a day of drag kings and queens and a Caribbean Christmas Party are among the free events and it all comes to a big finale with A Vintage New Year's Eve Party where you get fantastic views of the London fireworks.


St Pancras International Christmas Tree

The 43-foot Christmas tree at St Pancras is infused with fragrance for the first time.

St Pancras International Station, Euston Road, London, NW1 2QP

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 12th November - 04th January 2019


Scented for the first time, the 43-foot Christmas tree at St Pancras is infused with the floral fragrance of Tiffany & Co.'s Signature Eau de Parfum. Placed centre stage on the station's concourse from 12th November 2018 to 4th January 2019, the tree is set against the backdrop of a holiday construction scene. A 17-foot animatronic robot constructed from Tiffany Blue Boxes helps put the finishing touches on the tree which is topped by a 4-foot bottle of perfume. Adjacent to the tree, you can visit the Tiffany fragrance shop, get your gifts wrapped and enjoy complimentary fragrance bottle engraving from Saturday 15th to Monday 24th December.


Christmas at Kew

Singing trees, laser beams and a fire garden light up Kew.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 22nd November - 05th January 2019


A chorus of singing trees, giant light-up piano keys connected to a real-life piano and laser beams over water await visitors to the mile-long illuminated trail that forms the centrepiece of Christmas at Kew. After dusk, Kew Gardens is lit up by giant light sculptures, a fire garden, hundreds of shining petals, gigantic flower pots and light projections on the Palm House. Each year they add different light installations so even if you've been before - and it has become an annual tradition for many Londoners - there's something new to see. You can also stop off to see Santa and his elves performing panto along the route, enjoy carousel and helter skelter rides as well as mulled wine, mince pies and traditional festive fare. If you want to sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner you can do so at Kew's Botanical restaurant.


Great Christmas Pudding Race

Get down to Covent Garden to watch 150 Christmas puddings tackle a festive obstacle course.

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station


Dates: 08th December 2018


You're familiar with the egg and spoon race. Well how about the Christmas Pudding Race? Covent Garden Piazza swells with spectators as about 150 contestants in teams of six don fancy dress and race around a course strewn with flour-filled balloons, foam jets and other obstacles - all while trying to balance a Christmas pudding on a flimsy plate! The race has been going on every year since 1980 and it raises money for Cancer Research. At this time of year Covent Garden is a great place to be, with shops full of Christmas decorations and street entertainers putting on some diverting shows before and after the main event. The perfect way to break up a day of Christmas shopping in Covent Garden's collection of stylish stores.


Neighbourhood Cinema Frozen Island

Watch festive favourites in an icy winter wonderland.

Tropicana Beach Club, New Theatre, London, WC2B 5PW

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station


Dates: 11th November - 27th January 2019


This winter, the Neighbourhood Cinema gets into the festive spirit with screenings of Christmas classics on a Frozen Island. Visitors are invited to voyage to the shores of an enchanted frozen island to find a shipwrecked world surrounded by frosted palm trees, icicles and giant snow globes. Once there, they'll be able to snuggle down to enjoy festive favourites such as Elf, The Santa Clause and Home Alone or cult classics like Die Hard, The Beach and Edward Scissorhands. Frozen cocktails will be served from the ice bar along with popcorn and gourmet sliders, and large groups can take shelter in one of the VIP snow cabins, which come complete with a private screen and winter-themed sharer cocktails. There will also be live entertainment and ticketed events throughout November, December and January including a Boxing Day Masquerade Glitterball and a New Year's Eve Snow Ball.


Christmas Floating Film Festival

Snuggle up on a floating pontoon to watch Christmas classics.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 03rd - 09th December 2018


Central London's only marina St Katharine Docks, which celebrates 190 years in 2018, plays host to the Christmas Floating Film Festival this December. Get cosy under a blanket and snuggle on beanbags on the pontoon to watch holiday favourites like Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Holiday. There will also be heaters and festive food and drinks provided by Benugo, with minced pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate to keep the winter chill at bay. Screenings begin daily from 7pm throughout the week, with two additional screenings at 2pm on the weekend, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch a festive favourite flick in the marina this year.

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