With the hot summer now a fading memory, it’s not too early to start thinking about the busy Christmas period. Whether you shop early every year, or if you’ve resolved to be an early bird for the first time, get a head start on your Christmas. You can do that when you book a stay at Cheval Residences for two nights or more this Christmas. We’ll take 15% off the usual rate, and you can expect a complimentary Christmas stocking full of surprises.
There are other great benefits with staying with Cheval at Christmas and that’s due to the abundance of things to do nearby.
Winter wonderland in Hyde Park
For over 10 years, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has become a landmark event for Londoners and tourists alike. Starting off as an open-air Christmas market in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. Winter Wonderland has it all, perfect for the family!
From lit-up department stores to Christmas markets, you can pick up all of your Christmas gifts at these top destinations in London.
Christmas by the River at London Bridge
Celebrate Christmas by the River Thames as you browse the picture-perfect Christmas market from the November 30th to January 3rd. Set against stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, you can find more than 60 beautiful huts packed with a spectacular selection of festive goods including unique presents, handmade crafts and plenty of delicious snacks.
Address: More London Riverside,Queens Walk,London SE1-2DB Hays Galleria and LBC Pier
Photo: Alexandra Wilson
With the iconic Christmas baubles surrounding the Piazza to the adorned main square with one of London’s biggest Christmas trees and sparkling decorations, Covent Garden pulls out all the stops at Christmas time. In terms of shops, there are plenty of big designer brands, such as Chanel and Tiffany & Co. For children, there are great shops including the Disney Store, Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop and The Moomin Shop.
Oxford Street and Regent Street
Photo: Time Out London
During the winter months these two streets are lit up with a spectacular set of lights, creating that perfect Christmas shopping experience. You can admire the famous window displays at Selfridges on Oxford Street before exploring the street’s other shops, including department stores Debenhams and John Lewis. Regent Street is also excellent for gift ideas, with more than 75 international flagship stores.
Prepare to be wowed by glorious illuminations at the world famous Harrods department store. The store features a giant Christmas shop, with luxury decorations, crackers and the hugely popular Santa’s grotto. You can’t go wrong here with the 300+ departments on the other floors.
Fortnum & Mason
Christmas in London would not be complete without a visit to the Queen’s grocer, Fortnum & Mason. Leave plenty of time to discover the delights of the food hall and the ever luxurious isles of Christmas puddings, mince pies, chocolates, Christmas hampers and much more. Nearby Bond Street is the destination for high-end luxury goods, with big names Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and more.
Ice skating in London
Temporary ice skating rinks pop up in iconic settings right across London in the run-up to Christmas and well into the New Year. Don’t miss out on the capital’s most spectacular outdoor ice rinks for the ultimate winter experience.
Set in the beautiful Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, this central London ice rink runs day skating sessions and club nights under the stars, when the rink comes alive with music by top DJs. There’s also a rink-side food and drink lodge and a Christmas pop-up shop, courtesy of Fortnum and Mason.
National History Museum
The east lawn of this iconic museum is transformed for winter with masses of fairy lights and a magnificent Christmas tree. The ice skating rink at the Natural History Museum is open all day and well into the evening. After your session, you can enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine in the cosy museum cafe overlooking the rink.
Tower of London
This incredible central London ice skating rink is nestled in the famous dry moat of the 1,000-year-old London landmark. Visit the ice rink for an evening skating session to see hundreds of snowflake lights illuminate the walls of the castle.