Christmas and New Year in London, England


With 104 days, 9 hours and 46 minutes left until Christmas Day (not that I am counting), many of us will be looking for houses and apartments in London to rent while visiting friends and family for the festive season.

October is traditionally the busiest time of year for Christmas holiday bookings.

Christmas Day, 2017 falls on a Monday and most breaks are booked for between four and seven days, to include Boxing Day and at least one weekend.

London is one of the most popular destinations in the UK over the Christmas and New Year period.

Things to do in London over the festive period

If you want to let your hair down, party ´til dawn and enjoy some of the world´s most spectacular Christmas and New Year events and attractions, London is hard to beat.

Glide around one of the outdoor ice rinks at Exchange Square, Canary Wharf or Hampton Court Palace. Most of the outdoor rinks include bars, cafés and outdoor terraces where you can enjoy the action. The ice rinks open from November to February.

No family trip to London at Christmas is complete without a trip to the pantomime. This year check out Stick Man at the Leicester Square Theatre, The Gruffalo’s Child at the Lyric Theatre, The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre, Cinderella at the Compass Theatre, Middlesex or Pinocchio at the Lyttelton Theatre, Southbank.

A wide choice of London apartment rentals, houses, flats and penthouses are available throughout the Christmas period.

Christmas as Kew is also worth a visit with the family. Attractions include a Victorian Carousel, Santa´s Grotto a Christmas Market and live festive music.

The Dusty Fingers German Winter Wonderland also comes highly recommended. The market is held in the Round Chapel, Clapton and includes arts and crafts, home wares, festive films, vintage stalls and a wide choice of German food. Sample the bratwurst, waffles and cakes which bring a taste of Deutschland to east London.

London boasts some of the finest eateries in the world. Whether you are planning a traditional roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings or a more international feast, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes and budget. From Michelin star fine dining to gastro pubs and quirky cafés to pub grub, London offers hundreds of options for Christmas Day.

If you are lucky enough to be in London for New Year´s Eve, enjoy one of the capital´s biggest party nights.

The city comes alive with festivities and the spectacular firework display at midnight rivals that of every major city in the world.

The 2017 event is ticketed to ensure the safety and success of the London New Year´s Eve Celebrations.

The New Year fun in London does not stop there. The New Year´s Day Parade features more than 10,000 performers, including acrobats, musicians and dancers who gather in the centre of the city in a colourful celebration.

If you are planning a trip to London for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, why not book a city apartment or townhouse with Eventful Stays?