What to do in London during the Christmas holidays 2020
UPDATE: Please note that this article was written and published before London entered tier 4.
This pandemic has forced many people to change plans multiple times this year. If you are looking to make the most of this Covid era Christmas holiday festivities in London, here are some tips on how to do it.
The following options do not include restaurants, pubs, theatres, and museums. These options are mostly outdoor activities.
Since keeping safe has been top of everyone’s list in 2020, this year could not end in any other way.
1. Food markets
There is no better way to start the Christmas celebrations than eating delicious treats in London’s famous food markets. From Mexican burritos to vegan steaks. Cream-filled doughnuts to vegan chocolate pancakes. The most popular ones:
2.Harry Potter for Christmas
Even if you have visited the Warner Bros Studio Tour London – the making of Harry Potter it is worth visiting during Christmas time. Hogwarts in the Snow has completely transformed for the festive days. Plenty of snow, glittering Christmas trees, and flaming Christmas puddings are just some of the surprises ready to impress young and older fans.
Do not miss central London’s amazing shopping destinations. Walk around Oxford Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden, and Carnaby. This is where you will find there some of the most spectacular Christmas decorations. You do not necessarily have to visit the famous department stores and popular shops. Just admire the Christmas lights and installations with a hot cup of chocolate before choosing your next stop.
4.Christmas at Kew
Visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew is definitely worth it any time of the year. During Christmas though, its extra special.
These gardens date back to the 18th century. Do not let the word ”gardens” fool you. With over 300 acres to explore, Kew Gardens is one of the biggest living plant collections in the world.
Christmas at Kew is a famous after-dark event that consists of a trail of more than 1 million lights throughout the botanical gardens. Illuminated paths, spectacular installations, and live performances create a magical festive experience.
5.Take a walk on the wild side
A walk through the London parks never disappoints. There are so many to chose from. From the Japanese inspired Kyoto Garden at Holland Park to East London’s Victoria Park. A hidden gem with canals, ponds, a pavilion, tennis courts, and a sports ground. Amongst the most popular parks are:
Although our options these Christmas holidays are quite limited, there is definitely still a lot to do in London. However, staying at home and enjoying some Christmas treats definitely does not sound that bad.
Guidelines to stay safe
It is advised to avoid public transportation during peak hours. Traveling by walking or cycling should be preferred. It is also mandatory to wear a face-covering in all public indoor settings, including shops and supermarkets.
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