5 festive things to do near Embankment this Christmas
- BATEAUX LONDON BLOGS
- Posted: Tuesday 2nd November 2021
- Author: Anonymous
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We’re getting towards that time of year again. The air is crisp, evenings are rolling in earlier and glittering lights begin to appear around the city. Christmas in London is something to be truly marvelled at. It has a unique, timeless quality which other cities simply can’t rival. And with so many festive hotspots within walking distance, Embankment London is the perfect place to head first.
Admire an iconic Christmas tree
Head over to Trafalgar Square to see a stunning Norwegian spruce take centre stage as the most iconic Christmas tree in the city. Every year, since 1947, the people of Norway have gifted Londoners a specially selected 20 metre high tree, described fondly as ‘the Queen of the forest’. Get there at the start of December to see the lighting ceremony, or time your visit to catch the daily carolers; they’ll be gathering beneath the tree every evening throughout the month.
Wander the Southbank Christmas Market
The city’s riverside becomes a true winter Wonderland this time of year, and the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market stands out as one of the best Embankment attractions. You could easily pass an afternoon here, winding along the festive stalls and winter pop-ups that line the river walkway. Dig into some delicious street food from around the world or huddle up in a heated snowglobe with a hot toddy to watch the world pass by.
Witness Christmas at Westminster Abbey
One thing that makes Christmas in London so special is the jaw-dropping historical architecture which can be found across the city. Westminster Abbey is a one of those ‘must sees’ - it’s hosted 16 royal weddings and has been England’s coronation church for over a millennium. Christmas season at the church is truly majestic, with regular recitals and services, along with a series of spine-tingling concerts to fill the air throughout December.
Shop for handcrafted gifts at Covent Garden
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of festive shopping, and what better place than on the cobbled streets of Covent Garden? While it’s a popular city hotspot all year round, the extravagant decorations and bustling, illuminated square make it a favourite for Christmas in London. Be sure to pop inside the Apple Market for unique gifts such as jewellery, prints and handmade crafts.
Enjoy a Christmas feast from the Thames
With so many things to do in London this Christmas, it’s impossible to tick off them all. One of the best ways to soak up those glittering city views is from the water, and what better way to enjoy it than with live music and an exquisite festive menu. Our majestic river cruises start from just £69, and will be winding along the Thames from early November right through to December 23rd. Wine, dine and soak up the sights, because this Christmas in London is one to remember.