At this time of the year, or in fact, any point until mid-November, it is reasonable to not want to think about Christmas. It was difficult enough to accept summer’s sneaky transition into autumn, so if you want to keep present-shopping, turkey-stuffing and tree-decorating safely stored at the back of your mind until Christmas spirit encourages them to the forefront, then that’s okay with us. However, with the bookings for London’s most anticipated events and activities likely to fill up alarmingly quickly (based on previous years) you would be wise to at least start thinking about securing your place. That way, when the festivities do kick-off and your inner-Scrooge finally loses the battle against Christmas, no-one will be missing out, especially not you and your family.
Santa’s Grotto at Harrods Knightsbridge
Few things in life will induce excitement in a child more than the prospect of meeting Father Christmas and who better to deliver this wish than Harrods? At the top of the list when it comes to prestigious department stores, it is no surprise that bookings have already begun to fill up in anticipation for the Christmas Grotto. New to 2015, Harrods have also announced the Grotto Café visit. The package includes a trip around the toy workshop and meeting Father Christmas in his winter cabin before enjoying a buffet in the Disney Christmas Café. Of course, you can always continue the day post-Santa with some Harrods Christmas Shopping. Tickets can be purchased here.
Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum
As though the Natural History Museum wasn’t already enough of an inspiring location for the kids, ice-skating against the backdrop of the beautiful museum buildings where dinosaur skeletons are encased is sure to invoke some magical experiences . With the safety of ice-skating an understandable concern for many parents, it is convenient to know that a smaller rink is available for children, separate from the 1,000 square meter main arena. The rink opens on the 29th October 2015 and will run until the 3rd January 2016. Tickets can be purchased here.
Ice Skating at Somerset House
In a different but nonetheless spectacular setting, Somerset House is another hot (or cold) ice skating destination. ‘Skate’, the Christmas ice-skating rink, will run from 18th November 2015 up until the 10th January 2016. Package extras include Champagne and Fortnum & Mason truffles, wine and fondue and private dining for the adults. And for the children, ‘Skate’ provides NISA (National Ice Skating Association) accredited lessons for any ability level from beginner to expert as well as a Polar Cub Club for children under 8 years. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Nutcracker on Ice, Royal Albert Hall
Nothing brings a story to life more than a live performance and where better to enjoy this luxury than at The Royal Albert Hall. Teamed with more ice-skating in true Christmas style, the show is set to be a cracker. The Nutcracker on Ice begins on the 28th December 2015 and will run until the 2nd January 2016, an ideal opportunity to defrost those inevitable post-Christmas blues. Tickets can be purchased here.
As for accommodation during the Christmas period, what has more family-appeal than staying at Flemings, our cosy boutique hotel tucked away in Mayfair? Our luxury apartments, which are newly renovated as part of our £14M refurbishment, act as the perfect home from home with one, two or three bedrooms available. We even have a fool-proof method for ensuring the kids get to bed early with complimentary hot milk and cookies for each child.