Perhaps it’s fair to say London does Christmas time better than anywhere in the world. Tower Bridge looms large in the dying light of dusk, Christmas lights on Southbank sparkle across the night sky and the shops in Knightsbridge have ever increasing extravagant displays. When there is simply so much to see and do, fitting it all into one day can seem a daunting prospect, but don’t let that deter you – with our suggestions you can easily plan your perfect day in London at Christmas.
Where to Stay
The choice is a little overwhelming and there is something to suit any budget, but you’d do well to consider The Haymarket for a hotel in a great location with timeless style. Brightly coloured, rooms are triple glazed against the London nightlife. In addition, and with an indoor pool, bar and gym, it has everything you could want from a place to relax. If you prefer your accommodation to be slightly more homely, look into staying at Hazlitts Hotel for a Georgian home that feels like stepping back in time. With panelled walls, oil paintings and antiques, it is a wondrous glimpse back into historic London.
Clearly going to London should involve some shopping. With the fashion and interior shops in Marylebone High Street, followed with some gourmet treats Selfridges Food Hall, being unsuccessful in finding presents for yourself or loved ones isn’t really an option. If you don’t want to plan your morning shopping and would rather it all under one roof, then consider combining your shopping spree with a hotel stay and dinner in this inclusive experience. And you don’t want to miss Leicester Square or Covent Garden for the lights and atmosphere.
After a busy morning a relaxing lunch is no doubt on the cards. If you’re taking a no-holds-barred approach to your London stay, why not indulge yourself on a specially created four-course menu handcrafted by Mr Anton Mosimann, caterer for the 2011 royal wedding. Dine in the world’s smallest private dining room – an intimate realm all to yourselves – and savour an enticing palette of best-in-season specialities. If you would prefer something simpler and quicker in order to get back to exploring the city, then the Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental is not to be sniffed at. Lunch at Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s newish bistro ventures provide simple, heart-warming food for any palate.
Make sure you have time to experience some of Britain’s finest museums and historic sites including the British Museum, the Tate Modern gallery and the National Gallery. If you want to ensure images of London live long in the memory then why not consider going on a London photography tour. With accommodation at a 5-star hotel and dinner at a Michelin restaurant, this experience shows London at its very best.
Try a Michelin star tasting menu at Ametsa for a taste of Spain. This Michelin star tasting menu pairs the rustic, earthy flavours of Spain’s Basque region with modern, surprising twists. If you’re more in for traditional dinner, Wright Brothers sources its seafood from Cornish shores – Moules marinière and half lobster are some of the menu highlights.
London in the evening is a magical place to be, so why not consider either an ice skate at one of the many temporary rinks about town or visit a theatre to take in a show. With some of the most famous musicals in the world to be found running across the city, you certainly won’t be short on choice. If you want to combine dinner and a show then this experience will guarantee fine food and your choice of one of the top ten musicals in London.