London really sparkles at Christmas with the UK capital transformed into a winter wonderland throughout the festive season. If you are planning a Christmas shopping weekend, want to surprise a loved one with a romantic getaway or daytrip or are on the lookout for gift ideas for two of you to enjoy together, then London offers plenty of experiences and activities to add a touch of romance to the holidays.
Champagne London Eye experience
The London Eye has become one of the city’s most iconic symbols and offers breathtaking views from its vantage point nestled along the banks of the River Thames. Look down on ice skaters and shoppers browsing the nearby Christmas markets and enjoy a panoramic view across London’s many landmarks. For a luxurious romantic flourish, book a Mistletoe Cupid Capsule experience, which means a private capsule for just the two of you complete with mistletoe, champagne and chocolate truffles.
Christmas dinner cruise
Enjoy the romantic serenity of the River Thames at its best and take to the water to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets with a relaxing river cruise. Not only will you enjoy stunning views as you travel along the famous river, but you can tuck into a luxurious meal and enjoy live music and dancing for a perfect London experience for two at day or night.
Outdoor ice skating
Like a scene from a Christmas movie, skating hand-in-hand with your loved one in the wintery evening across a landmark London backdrop, before warming up with a mulled wine makes for one of the most romantic ways to soak up the city’s unique festive atmosphere. Outdoor rinks are available at various spots across the city, including alongside the London Eye, Hyde Park and Hampton Court Palace, but one of the best is the courtyard of Somerset House where you skate in the shadow of the elegant beauty of the 18th-century palace.
Christmas Carols by Candlelight
Nothing helps get you into the Christmas spirit more than traditional carols beautifully performed by choirs. London offers plenty of chances to enjoy carol concerts, from the spectacularly grand to the cosy and intimate. Historic churches lit by candles add to the romantic air, with St Martin-in-the-Fields in famous Trafalgar Square among the eye-catching venues hosting candlelit performances this month.
Shop until you drop
Christmas shopping may be the sort of activity that fills many people with dread, but think of it as a treat and not a chore it can really add to the festive spirit. For couples enjoying a day out in London you can browse cute boutiques or famous department stores to pick up some high quality presents, while strolling through the stalls of London’s many Christmas markets while sipping on mulled wine and enjoying the aromas of roasting chestnuts adds a touch of romance to your shopping.
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