With twinkling lights adorning the streets, festive revelry, and the heady scent of hot mulled wine in the air, Christmas and New Year's Eve are magical times to visit London. Here are just a few ways to experience London's holiday season.
See the City Illuminated
London's Christmas lights, which famously illuminate Bond Street, Regent Street, and Oxford Circus each year, attract visitors from around the world keen to spend the holiday season in the British capital. During the festive period, London visitors can also admire top attractions such as Big Ben, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey illuminated against the wintry skies.
London is famous for its shopping opportunities all year round, but the holidays bring a whole new feel to the retail experience. Shop till you drop in the chic boutiques of Mayfair, browse for bargains in the stylish stalls of Camden, and make the most of the holiday season with a little retail therapy just about anywhere in the city.
See Fireworks on a New Year's Eve River Cruise
With the famous towers of Westminster as a backdrop, London's New Year's fireworks display is among the most impressive in the world. The crowds can be a challenge, so take to the Thames River on a New Year's Eve cruise, and relax in style as the fireworks explode across the night sky.
Head Out of the City for Christmas
If the hustle and bustle of the London streets get to be too much, escape to the surrounding countryside and see another side of English life. Tours run to diverse destinations including historic Bath, Salisbury, and UNESCO World Heritage–listed Stonehenge.