With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of the best festive things to do in London this Christmas.

Sure, London’s got loads of history, amazing shopping and that pretty cool clocktower. But what about when it comes to Christmas time? London’s not short on festive activities to keep you busy during the Christmas season. Come take a look at 5 of the best festive things to do in London this Christmas.

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1. Ice skating at the Natural History Museum
26 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

Festive feels factor: 🎅🎅🎅🎅 _

Christmas London Ice Skating festive things to do in London

A firm favourite with locals and travellers alike, a trip to the ice rink at the Natural History Museum is an absolute must during the Christmas period. Grab your mates, put on your wooly hats and let’s see what you’re made of! (No worries, we’ll be falling over all the time too).

Make sure you stick around until nighttime and watch the rink turn into a true winter wonderland. With twinkling fairy lights, a bright Christmas tree, a viewing balcony and a café to grab a mug of warm hot chocolate, talk about Christmas feels.

Ready for round two at another epic skating location? Try the ice rink at the historic Tower of London, one of London’s most famous landmarks (17 November 2017 – 2 January 2018).

2. Hogwarts in the Snow, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
18 November 2017 – 28 January 2018

Festive feels factor: 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

Ever wanted to be on the original sets of the Harry Potter movies? Well now’s your chance because not only can you explore how the film-makers made Rowling’s visions come to life, you can also see the film series’ most iconic sets decorated just like they were during festive scenes at Warner Bros. Studios.

Celebrate the festive season in the Great Hall, the Gryffindor Common Room, the Boys’ Dormitory and more as they’ll be dressed for the occasion with original festive props. The Great Hall will be decorated just like it was for the Yule Ball scenes (eeek!) with icicles, Christmas trees, snow and more.

Tickets need to be pre-booked in advance. Be quick, these are sure to sell out!

3. Christmas at Kew Gardens
22 November 2017 – 1 January 2018

Festive feels factor: 🎅🎅🎅🎅 _

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Follow the trail of over one million twinkling lights that bring the epic Kew Gardens to life this Christmas. There’ll be brightly lit trees and heritage buildings as well as singing trees (yes, really), giant baubles and a laser beam/projections show on The Palm House. Wow!

Warm up with some mulled wine and hot chocolate after. You can even get cosy and toast marshmallows around the fire. Feeling festive yet?

Perfect for artsy Instagram posts, this is one festive London event not to miss.

4. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
17 November 2017 – 1 January 2018

Festive feels factor: 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is one of those events in London that is just too good to miss. Gracing the beautiful Hyde Park for over 10 years, the festival pretty much ticks all of the festive feels boxes you could think of.

We’re talking about ice skating on the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, circus shows, ice sculptures, amusement park rides and attractions, live music and of course plenty of festive food and drink. Deffo one of the most festive things to do in London at Christmas.

Don’t miss the views of London from the Giant Observation Wheel.

5. Food and Drink at Pergola Paddington Central
25 October 2017 – 23 December 2017

Festive feels factor: 🎅🎅🎅 _ _

This one’s for those of us who love Christmas but have seen enough of Santa and fake snow for a little while 😉 Head on down to Pergola Paddington Central to the enclosed and heated urban rooftop – perfect for when it’s raining (or snowing).

Once there, you’ll find yummy food from favourites Patty & Bun, DF\Mexico, Made of Dough, Little Ghost Bagels and Tonkotsu as well as a bar, ample seating, garden vibes and fairy lights. Sounds good huh?

Who said West London was boring anyway?

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Marianne Lampon
Originally from Cambridge, Marianne has officially caught the travel bug. A lover of movies and fitness, Marianne will always stop to pet dogs when she’s out exploring and will steal your food when you’re not looking.