Things To Do For Christmas in London

The most wonderful time of the year is on the way so why not get into the festive spirit with Clayton Hotel City of London, in the heart of the City?

There are many things to do for everyone whether you are here on a couple’s getaway or a family break. Vibrant Christmas markets, great cocktail bars and food spots, ice skating rinks in central London, Christmas at Kew Gardens and Winter Wonderland are just some of the must do and see activities while in London during the festive season.


Christmas lights in London

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Most lights get switched on from early November. Apart from the best-known ones in Regent Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Carnaby there are a dozen of light festivals across London such as Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park, Christmas At Kew, Ever After Garden or Enchanted Eltham.


Christmas Shopping in London

Harrods-shopping lighted up

London is well-known for its fantastic shopping locations where you can find the perfect gift and experience the Christmas shopping fever. From world-famous department stores such as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges to independent boutique gift shops, you are sure to find something unique for your loved ones.

Discover a selection of shops only 15 minutes by tube from the hotel at Westfield Stratford City or combine shopping and sightseeing on Oxford Street just 20 minutes away from the hotel.

Looking for London Christmas markets? You’ll find stunning festive decorations, Christmas trees, hand-crafted gifts, designer shops, and luxury bakeries, at the Jubilee and Apple Market in Covent Garden.


Festive food and drink in London at Christmas

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London does not cease to impress with its multitude of Christmas markets where each year you can enjoy the best festive drinks, taste seasonal dishes and try fun and engaging activities for all ages.

Get together with your dear ones and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the heart of the City of London. Clayton Hotel City of London has created a festive lunch and dinner menu you can enjoy with your loved ones in the relaxed atmosphere of the Grill Restaurant. To reserve your table please contact or +442036872777.


Ice skating in London at Christmas

children ice stating

Approx. 30 minutes from Hotel

Are you looking for a fun activity while you are in London this winter? Slide and glide on some of London’s best ice rinks within easy reach by public transport from Clayton Hotel City of London. Enjoy scenic views from the high up ice rink at Skylight, Tobacco Dock, opt for an evening session at Skate Lates, Somerset House, get the festive feel at Canary Wharf’s ice rink or soak up the magic of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.


Winter Wonderland

Helter skelter at winter wonderland

Explore one of the biggest Christmas events in London. Winter Wonderland offers everything from ice skating, circus shows, an observation wheel, and a huge Christmas Market with delicious food and beverages. This magical Christmas wonderland is ideally located in Hyde Park, making it easy and convenient to organise the perfect Christmas outing in London. Pre book your tickets on the official website. Get there in 30 minutes: walk to Liverpool Street Station and take the central line to Marble Arch.


Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens glass house at winter

Christmas at Kew Gardens is definitely one of the most magical experiences you can delight your family or significant other with during the most wonderful time of the year.

Take an enchanting journey through the botanic gardens in West London, and be mesmerized by the famous lights show. Explore a tunnel of bells, huge illuminated seed heads, and the treetop waterfall of lights.

From Clayton Hotel City of London, take the district line from Aldgate East towards Richmond, and depart the tube at Kew. From Victoria Road (stop D) take the bus to Kew Gardens which is a 9 min journey.


London New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Fireworks above London Eye

Looking for a distinctive destination for a New Year’s Eve to remember? Taking place along the River Thames, the annual London New Year’s Eve fireworks event is going to be one of the most memorable festive experiences that you will be part of. This is a ticketed event since 2014 to ensure the event stays safe and fun for all so make sure you pre-book.


Visit the city and discover London Christmas events, make your stay extra special with a night or two at Clayton Hotel City of London, see our London hotel packages and book now!

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