12 Reasons Why You Should Be in London Right Now

December is not just enough to fit in all the festive treats London has to offer this year. If you are in a festive mood, then check out these reasons why you should be in London right now. From traditional Christmas carols to a trip to Winter Wonderland, you cannot stay away from all the action in the capital.

For some Christmas focus, we asked Londoners what they are looking forward to do during this Christmas and New Year in the city.

1. Bustling Oxford Street Christmas Market
The best thing about celebrating Christmas in London is how the capital comes together to have fun during the Yuletide season. Hustle and bustle of shoppers at Oxford Street for Santa gifts and presents is surely, what you are missing right now. Once the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on, it’s time to be merry, share a smile, may be a kiss, or walk straight to nearby pubs for a pint or dinner.

2. Christmas Lights at Covent Garden
It’s definitely the time for Christmas and what’s more exciting than Christmas lights brightening up Covent Garden. You can see the combination of light and dark Christmas lights that brings a gentle and soft touch to London. The Covent Garden’s cheerful decorations attract travellers from across the globe, only to shop their heart out during the Yuletide season.

3. Get a Bargain at Christmas Eve Meat Auction
If you fancy a steak or a turkey, then December is the best time to be in London. Get most of out this Christmas by bargaining a cheap turkey or a steak at Christmas Eve Meat Auction. This auction goes live on 24th December 2013 at 11 am at Harts the Butcher. Make sure you carry plenty of cash to jostle among other Londoners at Smithfield Market. Plenty of cut-price meat awaits you. Just be a part of this adventure.

4. Capture the Essence of Christmas at Borough Market
Christmas at Borough Market is always special. It brings out true essence of festive season in the capital. Just wander around alone or with your partner, sipping mulled wine, eating homemade mince pies, and some yummy Christmas cakes. The Salvation Army will be performing Christmas tunes this year, giving you background music in the visual wonders all around you. You can even walk down to Southwark Cathedral for a special carol service in the afternoon.

5. Display Windows at Harrods
It’s hard to pinpoint just one reason to be in London during Christmas. There is a lot to explore in London and display windows at Harrods are one of them. With less than a week for Christmas, this exclusive Knightsbridge shop has pulled out a lavish display, attracting several shoppers from all around the world. This year, Harrods has unveiled an iconic show-stopping window display in the capital. The classic British steam train has started creating a magical experience for shoppers coming to Harrods. You can see thousands of glittering fairy lights on each carriage, showcasing Harrods’ latest accessories, fashion, and homewares.

6. Snacks at South Bank’s Real Food Christmas Market
Eating between meals at London’s Christmas markets is how you should be spending your day right now. Take a stroll down to South Bank’s Real Food Christmas Market to grab a bite of some of your favourite festive snacks. This year, Real Food Christmas Market offers you some great cakes, burgers, doughnuts, and gua bao to eat between your meals. Don’t forget the mulled wine, which can replace tea even during the winters.

7. Winter Wonderland is in the Town
One of the favourite Christmas outings of all time – ‘Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park’ is on. The park is covered in snow and it’s just the right time to be at Winter Wonderland. Spend the day at Hyde Park, wandering around the beautiful Christmas market, with hot dogs and mulled wine. As the days passes by, put on your skates and take to the ice-rink, only to add more excitement to your Yuletide celebrations.

8. Carnaby Street Decorations
It’s amazing how the city of London gets into the Christmas spirit every year. Streets in the city are full of glittering lights, baubles, balloons, trees, and much more. Even the boring offices in Carnaby Street get involved in the celebrations and are doing something interesting every year. Charge yourself up and head to Carnaby Street to admire lovely decorations for Xmas. Don’t forget to warm up with some mulled wine before you get into the festive spirit.

9. Ice-skating at Natural History Museum
The stunning Natural History Museum is all geared up with annual ice-skating for London travellers. It provides an enchanting backdrop for London’s much awaited ice-rink, with a charming Christmas tree in the middle and a smaller rink for kids. You can come here for ice-skating, while enjoying some hot chocolate and wine from the balcony café bar. Christmas trees at the rink are decked with thousands of glittering lights, adding to the festive spirit.

10. Christmas Day Walk in London (When it’s Deserted)
If you hate consumerism and excessive Christmas Day spending, then London has an alternate option too. Take a long Christmas Day walk in Central London with Peter Berthoud, starting from 6 am. London looks more beautiful when it’s deserted. This unique Christmas Day walk is specially designed for locals and tourists who want to explore the city when it’s closed. It’s highly recommended if you fancy an oasis of serenity during Christmas.

11. Wait for Meat at Godfrey’s
Looking to do something British? Then join the queue outside Frank Godfrey butchers in Highbury to buy some Christmas meat. They offer one of the best meats in the capital, including goose, duck, and turkey. Get the best bit from the shop and enjoy your Xmas meal with mulled wine.

12. Explore London’s Christmas Past
Make a visit to Geffrye Museum in London. Every year, this fantastic museum plays host a Christmas Past Exhibition. This year, get to see seasonal traditions in London from last 400 years. Some great mocked-up houses and excellent festive exhibits; this exhibition is surely the one to watch out for. The best thing, it’s free.

London is a bustling city, full of Christmas activities and fun. You will find more than 12 reasons to be in the city in December. Hold your nerves and get ready for 12 Days of Christmas, coming right your way next week.
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