WEEKEND WALKS: This week is practically one long weekend anyway, so grab your walking boots and head out on one of our weekend walk routes. See a part of London you haven’t visited before, and best of all, it’s free — unless you stop in a pub for a pint or two…
ICE SKATING: Get out and about on one of London’s many ice skating rinks, twirling and pirouetting to your heart’s content at venues ranging from central London rooftops to outer London palaces. Not all will be open today — check before you go.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Head into central London and hop on a bus to see London’s Christmas lights without having to walk too far. Peer down on the sale shopping crowds as you glide through Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly with the lights overhead.
CHRISTMAS AT LONDON ZOO: This is the first year of London Zoo’s winter lights festival, winding through the zoo after the animals have gone to bed and featuring light sculptures depicting some of the creatures. £19.50 adult/£13.50 child, book ahead, 4.45pm-8pm (until 1 January 2019)
CHRISTMAS AT KEW: At time of writing, there are only tickets left for the later evening sessions, so get in quick before those sell out, and take a wander through the light trail at Kew Gardens A laser garden and festive flotilla on the lake are new additions this year, along with the usual light tunnel, fire garden and Victorian funfair. One of our favourite annual events in London. £19.50 adult/£12 child, book ahead, until 5 January 2019
CHRISTMAS FESTIVALS: Several of London’s Christmas festivals — and yes, there are many — continue into the new year, with fairgrounds, ice rinks, food markets and other entertainment to banish the post-Christmas blues.
FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Christmas is an expensive time of year in London, so indulge in these festive things to do that won’t cost a penny — though of course there are plenty of ways to part with your money if you’re so inclined.
HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES: Experience Richmond Park from the luxury of a horse-drawn carriage. Take a 60 minute ride through the park and then get a behind the scenes tour of the working stables. £125 for two, book ahead, 11.30am/12.30pm/2.30pm