You can never have too many trips to London over Christmas-time, especially if you are making the most of all the facilities hotels like Montcalm Shoreditch London has to offer. Whether you are visiting the city for the whole festive season, or just as a London weekend break, there is certainly no shortage of yuletide-activities in store for you. However, it goes without saying that a lot of people have the same idea – London gets pretty busy during this time of year, especially at places like Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or at The Natural History Museum’s ice skating rink. So, here are some alternative Christmas activities that are just as special but far less crowded than those in the mainstream.
Cookery School at Little Portland Street
The Cookery School at Little Portland Street is a gem all year round. It is a go-to if you are looking to expand your cooking knowledge and add some new recipes to your dinner-party repertoire. While eating Christmas dinners is a top-rate activity in the city, learning how to make one can be a slightly off-piste but on-theme activity – especially if you plan on making your own Christmas dinners one day! Needless to say: the Cookery School should be your first port of call and there are a range of courses to choose from. You will learn it all, from perfecting the organic roast turkey from Rhug Estate to nailing the homemade stuffing and cranberry sauce. Believe it or not, you will even leave with a newly-found adoration for brussel sprouts! (… it’s all about the butter and the chestnuts!) And don’t worry, it is not strictly academic – mulled wine will be flowing.
Address: 15b Little Portland St, Marylebone, W1W 8BW
The Backyard Cinema is a roaming cinema that is all about keeping off the beaten track with immersive, theatrical destinations and themed screenings. Throughout the Winter, they will be putting on the Winter Night Garden, where you step through a magical wardrobe which leads to an enchanted forest that is screening all your favourite Christmas films. Christmas kicks off mid-November this year (there are a lot of Christmas-favourites, after all). You’ll find the schedule on the website, but here are the films you can expect: The Holiday, Santa Claus The Movie, Home Alone (1 and 2), Elf, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Love Actually, The Santa Claus, Miracle On 34th Street, Die Hard and Bad Santa.
Address: Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET
Dinner at Hogwarts
Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios in Watford is an unmissable London attraction as it is, and its status only skyrockets at Christmas-time. Hogwarts In The Snow is their cherished exhibition which brings back all your favourite Hogwarts Christmas scenes. If you want to take things to the next level and be a part of something more exclusive, though, then book your place at the dinner table on key weekday and weekend nights from Saturday 16th November 2019. Getting there is easy, even if you are staying in Hotels Near Shoreditch. Tickets are limited so get booking for a spellbinding night plucked straight from the studio’s Yule Ball supply!
Address: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
So you have got yourself special offers on Shoreditch Hotels, your bag is packed and you are looking for something a little different to do in London? Well, Christmas-time is well-loved for its pantomime in the United Kingdom and they are scattered across the city in some of London’s most-visited theatres. Expect some locally famous faces, side-splitting gags, a lot of singing and dancing and opportunities to cheer along in true panto-style. Some shows worth looking out for:
Goldilocks and the Three Bears at London Palladium
Dick Whittington and his Cat, Hackney Empire
Aladdin: Everything You Could Wish For In A Panto, Churchill Theatre
If you have intermediate knitting skills – you must be able to knit and purl – then Tea and Crafting have just the seasonal-class for you! Join fellow crafts-enthusiasts for the kind of Christmas-activity that is about as alternative as they come. You will be guided through how to make little Christmas jumpers which make for excellent tree decorations. Don’t worry about competing with border-control about whether or not you can take your knitting needles on board – everything is provided, from wool and needles to unlimited tea, coffee and an excellent selection of cakes.
Address: 15 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NG
If your knitting skills leave much to be desired, or are entirely non-existent, that is not to say you can’t go home with tree-decorations when visiting London this Christmas time. Head to M.Y.O @ Recreation and make your own baubles – no experience is required. This is a BYOB kind of party, so make sure you bring along some bubbly to celebrate in style.
Biscuiteers Christmas Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea is a must in London, as is a trip to Biscuiteers for some of London’s finest iced goodies. In line with the season, Biscuiteers is offering up a delightful Christmas Afternoon Tea. You can expect a hand-piped Christmas pudding macaron, orange and cranberry scone with homemade Christmas jam, mini frangipane mince pies and plenty of mini-marshmallows for your hot chocolate if you opt away from the “tea” element of this festive experience.
Address: 13 Northcote Road, Wandsworth, SW11 1NG
There you have it – six wacky but wonderful ways to spend Christmas in London without feeling like a sheep on the bandwagon/sleigh to all the obvious seasonal choices. These are also, of course, excellent and there is always a reason why they are as busy as they are – but interspersing them with a few alternative options gives you a far more wholesome experience.