8 December 2014

10 things you must do in London this Christmas

London is one of my favorite cities to spend Christmas in. Whether it snows or dawns a clear blue sky there is something magical in December days spent under strings of fairy lights. After years living in England's capital city, I've realised we've unintentionally created a host of traditions. These apply any where in the world, but they always say 'write about what you know...'

As an early Christmas present, the image for this post magically became a printable list for your wallet. Happy Merry Christmas.


1. Sing to live Christmas Carols in an achingly beautiful setting.
Every year we like to catch a carol performance, but one of the most memorable were the angelic carols in St Pauls Cathedral. Completely free, listening to the complex harmonies echo throughout the incredible building, it's an experience that is totally worth lining up at least an hour early.

10 things you must do in London this Christmas 

2. Take part, or watch the annual Christmas Pudding Race.
Raising funds for Cancer Research UK, the annual Christmas Pudding Race pits eager groups of costumed Christmas dinners/reindeer/monsters/elves/shepherds/trees against each other for a prize presented by the *ahem* Queen.

10 things you must do in London this Christmas

3. Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Hang up as many fairy light strings and Christmas decorations as you heart desires/wallets stretches/you can fit. Celebrate with festive nibbles and carols in a cozy home. Preferably not a strangers, they may not appreciate it.

4. Spend time with people you love
A pretty simple premise really, my favourite way is usually via the medium of a DIY afternoon tea, a glass of mulled drink - or a recent addition - Thanksgiving feasts full of laughter.

10 things you must do in London this Christmas

5. Admire Christmas lights & ornate windows
Spend at least an evening seeing all of the Christmas lights and beautiful shop windows; the usual suspects of Oxford Street, Fortnum and Mason, Regent Street, Selfridges, but find a few quirky ones - Carnaby Street, Peter Jones, Marylebone High Street, small shops... A glass of mulled wine or cider is optional, but a Mince Pie isn't, sorry.

10 things you must do in London this Christmas

6. Go to a Pantomime
It doesn't matter what age you are, promise me you'll see one this year. Shouting "it's behind you!"  whilst howling with laughter at the smutty but very tongue-in-cheek jokes are obligatory.

7. Have a least 3 wrapping paper roll sword fights
...and shouting pirate terms at your opponent are essential. 

10 things you must do in London this Christmas

8. Wear Christmas Jumpers and exchange Secret Santa gifts
Especially important if you work in an office, take a moment to seize some hilarious irrelevant woolen outerwear. Participating in a secret santa present exchange is always good value, and can iron out a few day to day tensions... or just buy something wildly inappropriate.

9. Toast the Queen's speech
Early on Christmas Day afternoon, the dulcet tones of the reigning British monarch will spread throughout the land. Take 15 minutes out of cooking and eating your meal to salute her longevity. Then hurriedly YouTube the alternative Christmas speech.

10 things you must do in London this Christmas 

10. Show selfless kindness
We seem to focus on this more often at this time of year, but stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something you won't be thanked for but gives you a warm fuzzy feeling is imperative.

Do you do 'must do' activities or make a list at this time of year?

16 comments :

  1. Good list, although there's no way you're getting me anywhere near Oxford Street at Christmas!

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  2. I love your list! I haven't gotten my fill of proper Christmas lights yet! x

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  3. I always look forward to the first glass of mulled wine :)

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  4. Mulled wine and a fruit mince tart! :)

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  5. Note to self: you very likely don't have to stand up to watch the Queen's speech. Second note to self: remember the runnings of the puddings next year!

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  6. Thought I won't be catching the Queen's speech here in Texas... I do a lot of these things... Like sing at the very top of my lungs... I love your tea party set up... When are you having me over? Merry Christmas!! xx

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  7. Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year. Thanks for such lovely tips.

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  8. This year we have been going nuts with the Christmas carols. We even searched for the perfect playlist in the office. Tomorrow we hunt for Hanukkah Reindeer decorations. I'm not sure anyone really knows what that is, but London is an amazing place so we shall find it!

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  9. Love the last tip..here in Canada people pay for the coffees for the car behind at the drive thru. It is lovely. I will be toasting the Queen's speech :)

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  10. If you go on a Monday or Tuesday evening it's slightly less awful - but I know exactly what you mean!

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  11. I'm not sure it's really possible to ever get a fill of them. X

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  12. I'm not a mulled wine fan, but cider all the way!

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  13. I love the tips, showing kindness and love is so important. I really want to go carol singing so festive. xx

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