Great things to do in London in the lead up to Christmas

Posted: Nov 14 2014

Well folks, the countdown to Christmas starts here!  Can it really be less than 6 weeks way?

Here at SANZA we think that one of the best things about living in London at this time of year is the number of things to see and do. There really is something for everyone to enjoy and planning ahead is a great way to avoid missing out on the festive treats that are on offer.

We’ve put together a list of highlights which we think will float the festive boat of all our teachers as the Christmas break approaches.  

The first on our list of must-see attractions are the Oxford Street Christmas lights and shop window displays. For fans of retail therapy a stroll along London’s busiest shopping street is a dream come true at any time of the year but right now the spectacular Christmas lights and incredible window displays add to the magic. Savvy Londoners wishing to view the display know that visiting now is a lot less hassle than waiting until December when the crowds can be huge.

The annual appearance of outdoor ice rinks around the city is another keenly awaited event that both skaters and non-skaters look forward to and we give this our vote as a top seasonal attraction. Whether you want to get your skates on or just watch and take in the wintry scenes this is another must-see event we recommend.  Why not try the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink?  It’s the largest rink of its kind in the UK and admission is free!

We have to include one uniquely British Christmas tradition that our teachers should include in their festive itinerary. Go and see a Pantomime. Classics such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Mother Goose are all being revived at theatres around London. Our tip for a great evening out is Dick Whittington at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith. With colourful characters, live music and lots of laughs, this family-oriented festival of silliness is a great way to relax and unwind.  A tonic for any hard-working teacher!

Source: http://www.timeout.com/london/christmas

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