Christmas Carol Singing in London

Posted: Dec 17 2014

With the end of the Autumn term just days away, teachers throughout London will be looking forward to the end of this hectic week and the chance to relax and have some Christmas fun! 

There are all sorts of festive activities taking place at this time of year but few can be as inspiring as carol singing.  Everywhere you go in London you hear carols. They are played in shops and sung by choirs and charity fundraisers at rail and tube stations, in shopping centres and in parks and open spaces. It is all part of the tradition that makes London such a magical place to be at Christmastime.

Why not participate in this seasonal songfest while you have some free time? Carol singing is a great way to meet and socialise with local people while spreading some goodwill and Christmas cheer to fellow Londoners. If you would like to exercise your vocal chords and get involved try contacting a local church or community group to see if they have any carol concerts planned and ask to join them or you could simply attend one of the venues below where everyone is welcome to take part. 

There are loads of places where carols are sung in London over the Christmas period.  SANZA, a leading UK teaching agency, has assembled a list of the very best places where you can sing or just sit back and listen.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is the most famous square in London and a great place to visit at any time of year. It is the location of Nelson’s Column, one of the most famous landmarks in the Capital. Every year a huge Christmas tree is erected in the Square. The tree is an annual gift from the people of Norway as a thank you for assistance and friendship during the Second World War. The Square and the massive tree form the perfect backdrop for carol singers at Christmas.  Crowds gather to listen to the choirs and everyone is encouraged to join in. Each choir performs for one hour from 4 to 8pm on weekdays and from 2 to 6pm on weekends until the 23rd of December. Admission is free.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Pauls is a historic London landmark that has played a key role in some of England’s most historic events including royal weddings. The Cathedral was designed by Christopher Wren and Christmas carol singing will be taking place in this traditional setting throughout the festive period. 

Westmnster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is the traditional place for British kings and queens to be crowned and is located close to the Houses of Parliament. An historic setting with a full programme of Christmas events scheduled including services where carols are sung. Some of the events are ticketed due to high demand.

Royal Albert Hall

Another venue that may take your fancy is the Royal Albert Hall in Knightsbridge. This famous musical establishment close to Hyde Park holds its Christmas Festival where everyone can indulge in some traditional carols, either by joining in and singing along, or by simply soaking up the atmospheric sounds of Christmas music. You will need to buy tickets to access this iconic music hall, the venue for the annual Proms concerts. Events continue through to the 24th December.

SANZA Teaching Agency hope that this list inspires our teachers to make the most of their London Christmas experience and see some of the great places that the Capital has to offer. If you are a teacher living abroad and your Christmas wish is to find the kind of teaching jobs in the UK that will suit you then please do not contact Santa! It’s SANZA that can offer you the help you need!