London – The Reawakening
From theatres to exhibitions, iconic London institutions to unique cinematic experiences, discover our top suggestions to experience the capital without the crowds as the city gradually comes back to life.
27th November 2019
London’s largest Christmas fair will be in full swing in Hyde Park throughout December. Fairground rides, fun shows and plenty of winter warming food and drink will all be part of the festivities – offering fabulous fun for the whole family.
A singalong show hosted at two London venues throughout December, the whole family will be enchanted by seeing Disney cast members perform on ice. Featuring more than 50 of Disney’s favourite characters, a programme of cherished Disney songs will have everyone singing and tapping their toes.
Follow a mile-long path through London’s most famous botanic gardens for an extraordinary Christmas light show. Christmas at Kew sees more than a million lights adorn the world-famous gardens to create a captivating after-dark experience. As well as incredible light installations, Christmas at Kew is also home to old-fashioned fairground rides and warming winter drinks.
Iconic Leicester Square has been transformed this Christmas season, with a 1920s style Spiegeltent playing host to the award-winning La Clique show. Dramatic acts range from fire-breathers to sword-swallowers – making it a thrilling way to spend an evening. The show is on throughout December.
If you want to experience the Leicester Square Spiegeltent with the whole family, the pop-up venue is also hosting this children’s favourite during afternoons throughout December. With live music, puppetry and devious dinosaurs, the children will be enthralled by the unlikely cast of characters.
Visit one of the most famous landmarks in London for a special programme of Christmas events throughout December. A variety of carol services will be taking place throughout the month, including family-friendly events, helping you get into the festive spirit.
Soak up the best of London’s sense of humour on Saturday 7 December and watch The Great Christmas Pudding Race. A festive fun run where participants navigate their way around an obstacle course in Covent Garden while balancing a Christmas Pudding on a tray – this is for a good cause too, with all proceeds going to charity.
Christmas-time wouldn’t be the same without taking in a tongue-in-cheek pantomime. This year the show taking place at the West End’s London Palladium is Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with a star-studded cast including Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady. The pantomime starts on 7 December and runs all the way through until January.
Hosting an array of festive activities, London’s art and design museum is a must-visit during December. Listen to a lunchtime lecture about Christmas during Victorian times, attend workshops on Christmas brush lettering and festive paper flowers, or listen to Christmas carols in the museum’s Grand Entrance.
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