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A Blogger A – Z of Christmas and Festive Things to Do in London, 2017 Edition

London never looks so Instagramable than at Christmas and with that in mind I thought I’d put together an A to Z of things to do that are both fun and photogenic!

A is for Afternoon Tea – You can’t beat a festive afternoon tea at a luxury hotel or restaurant and there’s already lots appearing on Instagram. I’ve heard great things about the Festive Tipsy Tea at The Sanderson, just check out those marshmallow snowmen!

Instagram, meet our Festive Tipsy Tea. We think you’ll get on just fine…

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B is for Baubles – The absolute classic Christmas tree decoration but at Hotel Cafe Royal you can even find chocolate baubles!!

C is for Cocktails – Oooh that heady scent of mulled wine, or a dash of citrus and spice in your tipple. One Aldwych is one of my favourite hotels for the festive period and their Christmas Showtime cocktails have all been given added sparkle with the addition of Perrier-Jouët Brut Champagne. I love the sound of the Christmas Club with home-made orange liqueur, raspberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, topped up with Perrier-Jouët Brut Champagne.

A sweet and juicy expelliarmus creation. Can you guess which favourite our Festive Showtime Cocktail is based on?

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D is for departments stores – The London departments stores really know how to do Christmas. Check out the new food halls at Harrods, plus beautiful window displays and a gorgeous Italian themed pop-up from Dolce and Gabanna.

Il Tetto is the perfect place for some tasty comfort food and is conveniently located on the rooftop at Selfridges. There’s Hot Tails too for some delicious winter warmers.

E is for Elf – Special cinema screens are popping up all over London showing festive favourites such as Elf. I particularly like the look of the Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley which includes mulled wine or hot chocolate and mince pies.

F is for forest – I love the look of the gorgeous Winter Forest at Broadgate which looks like a taste of Narnia in the middle of the city!

G is for Gingerbread – Just gingerbread everything, please!!!

H is for Hotels – I love how London’s luxury hotels truly get into the spirit of things… in particular the gorgeous Christmas trees. I think the best I’ve seen so fair on Instagram is the upside down tree at Claridge’s!

But I also love the classic gold tree at The Dorchester.

I is for Igloos – Check out the cosy igloos over at Coppa Club, the perfect place for a unique brunch and beautifully captured by Shikha.

J is for Jumpers – I already have two Christmas jumpers: puddings and pink pink penguins.

K is for Kew Gardens – There are 1 million lights illuminating a mile long trail through the landscape of Kew Gardens along with singing Christmas trees, a scented Fire Corridor and illuminated underwater displays.

L is for Lights – You only need to stroll through some of London’s most beautiful street to see the capital all lit up!

M is for Mulled Wine – My favourite festive tipple! You can also buy Mulled English cider at Borough Market.

N is for Nova – The Nova Building in Victoria is looking seriously festive with Chrismassy cocktails at Timmy Green, feasting menus at Rail House Cafe and delicious cakes at Ole and Steen. I have a full post to come on festive happenings in Victoria so watch this space!

O is for Out of the Blue – the incredible immersive cocktail experience at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley.

P is for Peggy Porschen – Blogger favourite, Peggy Porschen is all dressed up for Christmas. Head down to the beautiful pink bakery for Christmas cupcakes, edible gifts (think gorgeous ginger bread houses), bauble biscuits and festive latte art.

… and suddenly it was Christmas! #themagicofchristmas #peggyporschen #christmaswindows #allthatglitters

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Q is for Quirky – Be prepared to see unusual lights, interesting shop window displays and fun performances.

R is for Rooftop Bars – As well as pretty winter terraces, London is going made for Rooftop bars! Check out the Tsarina Winter Terrace at Angler restaurant featuring Laurent Perrier and seafood!

S is for Shard – Check out the Tree of Glass at Aqua Shard, a beautiful installation that represents a Christmas tree with inspiration from the architecture of the iconic building. Order a Christmas cocktail and 50% of the proceeds go to The Red Cross. 
T is for Terrace – I love a winter terrace! And The Vintage London Winter Terrace at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is super cute and cosy with delicious warming cocktails and dishes plus snuggly rugs and hot water bottles to fight off the chill. 

U is for Unwrap – All those presents under the tree!

V is for Veuve Cliquot – Looking for a glass of festive fizz to get you in the mood for celebrating! Check out the Veuve Cliquot Pop Up Winter Terrace at St Pancras Reniassance Hotel and get a glass from the air stream champagne bar, whilst keeping cosy in fluffy blankets.

W is for Winter at DallowayThe Dalloway Terrace, my London favourite, is looking gorgeous again with fabulous festive floristry created by Wild at Heart and plenty of warming seasonal dishes on the menu.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Dalloway Terrace! ❄️✨ #WinterAtDalloway #SeasonTwo

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X is for XOXO – Giving your family lots of hugs and kisses.

Y is for Yulelog – My favourite Christmas dessert (I’m a weirdo who doesn’t like mince pies).

Z is for ZSL London Zoo – Head along to London Zoo for festive arts and crafts with Mrs Claus and maybe even pick up a penguin?

  • Emily Ray

    This is such a great write-up! The Dalloway Terrace looks absolutely spectacular!! <3

  • Love this festive post, Angie! I know it’s silly, but Department Stores might be my favorite – maybe it’s the American in me, but they always exude Christmas cheer when I see the decorations at this time of year!

  • I really need to get out to Kew, their Christmas always looks stunning

  • I love this idea Angie, it’s brilliant! x

  • Ah so many exciting things on here! I’m off to Kew in a couple weeks and very excited! x

  • It makes me feel very festive reading that fabulous post! Christmas in London is definitely on my to do list!

  • amazing festive things to do in London

  • Melissa Beare

    I would love to spend time in each of New York and London around the holidays. Both cities seem so festive this time of year!

  • Harpreet Acharya

    How amazing Angie! Everything has me going wow, and I wish I could hop onto a plane and come and see it all! The Blue Bar looks out of this world! And I hate mince pies too. #wearentweirdos 😉

  • Now, this is an amazing list! I shall use it as a ticksheet…!

  • What an amazing list! I am looking for an open bus tour of Christmas lights, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    Love this list! Fave time of the year! Amit actually suggested Broadgate to me so might check that out later xx

  • You had me at Afternoon Tea 😉 xx

  • Jet

    Waa the penguins are so cute 😂 Also is that a Harry Potter cocktail under ‘C’?


  • theCuriousPixie

    Oh so many gorgeous things to do over Christmas, so glad I’m spending it London this year!

  • Loved this guide last year, love it again this year! =)

  • Ahh this is such a great list!! I would love to have brunch at the coppa club, I’ve been hearing so much about it.

  • Love this post – the Christmas Club cocktail at One Aldwych looks delicious!

  • OMG this post will make everybody want to visit London during Christmas! So festive and magical! ✨ xx

  • I’m hoping to do as many as possible 😉

  • You had me at chocolate baubles! An absolutely fabulous list 😀 xxx

  • Ok I’ve just got back to the UK & feeling the post holiday blues & jet lag when I read this & now I’m pretty excited to be back here for the next couple of weeks & start enjoying this!! I’m so keen to try the bar at one aldwych – hoping they might be just as creative with their mocktails! Thanks so much for the igloo feature 🙂