Hunting for some special gifts this Christmas? Then book a stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and head for one of the many festive markets appearing throughout Central London. Open every day throughout the Christmas period, they provide a fantastic festive experience.
By far the biggest and most well known is that of the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. This has become one of the most popular Christmas sites every year. It provides access to countless stalls set up in pretty wooden chalets selling a wide range of gifts, food and drink. But that’s not all. At this Winter Wonderland you can also go ice-skating on the largest outdoor rink in the UK. Circling around the historic Victorian bandstand on skates under thousands of twinkling lights is a magical experience. Alternatively you can head for the fairground with its massive rollercoaster and traditional carousel, or even view London from on high by taking a trip on the Giant Observation Wheel. A more relaxed, slower activity is provided by the Magical Ice Kingdom’s deep sea adventure, and performances of Cinderella on ice by championship level skaters. You can truly spend all day here and still find something new to do.
Equally popular is the South Bank Centre market adjacent to the London Eye. Thousands of glittering lights adorn the trees, and the London Eye itself, creating eye catching reflections in the river. This is a Christmas market with a Scandinavian flair. Stalls sell Nordic inspired merchandise, food and drink. You can relax beside a fire pit, drinking hot spiced cider in Rekorderlig’s pop up bar or head up to the top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall for a Finnish sauna on the rooftop! Want some entertainment? Enjoy the fun of clowns in Slava’s Snowshow or visit the ABBA Super Troopers exhibition within the South Bank Centre while staying at some serviced apartments Covent Garden.
The enthralling rhythms of Calypso and steel pans capture the attention at the Portobello Christmas Market. It is really infectious and cheerful, you just have to clap along and enjoy the music. Children can visit Santa Claus in his grotto, and everyone can find fantastic gift ideas within the Made In London Christmas market.
Travellers staying in one of the Aparthotels London can take the ferry downriver to Greenwich for something really special and different. Almost the entire town is taken over by the Christmas atmosphere. The Cutty Sark is decked out with glittering lights, as are the historic buildings that characterize this pretty town. Visit the Christmas themed Greenwich market, and then head over to the Wintertime market for a never ending series of activities. There are countless opportunities to buy festive food, drink and gifts for all the family. There is also lots of entertainment to enjoy, much of it free of charge. Put on some skates and take a turn or two around the ice rink, or sit back and watch the professional skaters showing off their skills. Take a drink over to the Mirror Stage and enjoy a wide range of music from bands, choirs and DJ’s. Throughout the Fair there are numerous magicians and acrobats undertaking impromptu performances and you can even relax with a very special film – Raymond Briggs beautiful tale of The Snowman, performed this time to live music from the East London Brass Band.