A Londoner’s Guide to Seasonal Spectacles

During the winter holidays, London becomes a magical wonderland with a standout Christmas party scene. From icy escapades to carol concerts, we explore the capital’s captivating venues for yuletide revelry, promising unforgettable moments lingering in everyone’s hearts long after the festivities end.

Two Temple Place

Tucked away in the heart of London, Two Temple Place emerges as a beacon of neo-gothic splendor during the Christmas season. The mansion, a creation of the visionary William Waldorf Astor, sets the stage with a magnificent Christmas tree gracing its staircase. The venue’s allure lies in its seamless fusion of grandeur and intimacy, offering a prestigious setting for both corporate gatherings and private soirées. For a bit of Christmas magic, book into one of their special guided tours this December.

Plan your visit to Two Temple Place here.

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Nestled in the heart of the Royal Borough, the Grade 1 Heritage site, Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens its doors to a winter wonderland of festive celebrations. Home to the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, the State Apartments provide a regal backdrop for intimate private dinners and evening receptions during the colder months. As Christmas approaches, the venue comes alive with a series of festive events, including heartwarming carol performances that resonate with the holiday spirit.

View Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Christmas events schedule here.

The Courtauld at Somerset House

If you’re planning to visit The Courtauld this Christmas, you won’t be able to miss the magnificent ice skating rink set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s stunning façade. Whether visiting the gallery’s permanent collection or catching Claudette Johnson’s unmissable exhibition, allow yourself to revel in some Christmas magic by gliding on the ice or sipping hot cocoa by the rink in this little winter wonderland in the heart of central London. 

Discover more and book your tickets here.

Victoria & Albert Museum

For a Christmas celebration infused with artistic flair, the Victoria & Albert Museum stands as an unparalleled choice. Each year, the museum commissions a designer to craft a unique Christmas tree for its Grand Entrance, turning the space into a captivating display of festive creativity. In 2023, London-based designers Isabel+Helen take center stage, weaving a narrative of light and movement inspired by the twinkling night sky. Past installations have featured the work of renowned artists, adding an extra layer of cultural richness to the festivities.

Learn more about the V&A’s 2023 Christmas tree installation here.

Kensington Palace

Experience the magic of the season at Kensington Palace’s Winter Cinema event. This year, the royal historic palace is hosting an exciting and unique movie experience at The Pavilion where patrons can watch their favourite heartwarming Christmas classic films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf and many more on the big screen all while being surrounded by the iconic grandeur of the venue.

View the full schedule and book your tickets here.

Erika Batty
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