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16 Cosy And Romantic Ways To Spend Christmas In London

The weather outside is frightful, but London's still delightful.

1. Have a Christmassy afternoon tea.

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The Corinthia Hotel hosts an annual Festivi-tea, featuring live carol singers and delicious Christmas-themed treats with names like Yuletide Treasure and Sugar Plum Fairy.

2. Take a carriage ride through Richmond Park.

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Bundle up with mulled wine and mince pies for a 90-minute horse-drawn ride around Richmond Park and its stables.

3. Stroll through Kew Gardens' wintery wonderland.

Whether it's a white Christmas or just a forest-green one, wandering around the gorgeous Kew Gardens lit just for Christmas will transport you to a whole other world.

4. Stroll beneath the beautiful central-London Christmas lights.

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For a taste of a Love Actually- or Bridget Jones-inspired Christmas, look no further than the Christmas lights on display throughout central London. Take a walk down Bond Street, and be sure to turn around the corner on to South Molton Street while you're at it, or enjoy the overwhelmingly Christmassy spirit of Covent Garden.

5. Settle in for a festive reading.

Charles Dickens was a Londoner who knew a little something about Christmas, and there's nothing like cosying up in the Guildhall Library to hear his Christmas story The Chimes read aloud.

6. Get lost in the Vauxhall Christmas Tree Maze.

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Find your Christmas spirit with a wander through Vauxhall's Christmas tree maze.

7. Spend the day at one of London's Christmas Festivals.

Dress warm for a day out in the cold at one of London's winter festivals. Enjoy rides, games, and plenty of warm treats and drinks at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, Victoria Park's Winterville, or the South Bank Winter Festival.

8. Have a luxury film night at the W in Leicester Square.

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Curl up with a special someone at the W Hotel's Festival Cinema for a special Christmas screening of holiday cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas on 23 December that features holiday cocktails and mince pie popcorn.

9. Lace up your skates.

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London isn't lacking on venues where you can hold hands and glide across the ice. Bundle up and skate away at one of the city's many ice-skating venues.

10. Enjoy seasonal treats and mulled wine along the Thames.

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Borough Market is an amazing food market at any time of year, but the holiday season really brings out the best. Snag some mulled wine and seasonal treats before heading off on an evening stroll down the Thames.

11. Hear live Christmas music at Royal Albert Hall.

Enjoy a sophisticated evening out at the Royal Albert Hall, which offers a host of Christmas music options throughout the season.

12. Attend a Christmas show.

A night at the theatre will keep you warm and put you in the Christmas spirit. Reserve tickets for seasonal options such as the thrilling La Soirée at the Southbank Centre, the traditionally lovely White Christmas, or the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker.

13. Visit a London Christmas Market.

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Finish your Christmas shopping with spirit by planning a day at one of London's markets. You'll find unique gifts, great food, and plenty of seasonal drinks. All of the permanent markets will be spruced up for Christmas, and you can also try dedicated seasonal markets like those at the Barbican or Canary Wharf.

14. Enjoy a Christmas Eve visit to Windsor Castle.

Windsor Castle is open throughout the Christmas season except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and it's a lovely place for a festive day tour. In the evening, the exterior is beautifully lit, and the inside is decked out in Christmas decorations to make your tour extra special.

15. Admire Trafalgar Square's Christmas tree with a hot chocolate.

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Enjoy the amazing panoramic view of London at Christmas time by having a sit in Trafalgar Square. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere, and don't be surprised if a team of carol singers shows up to cement your perfect holiday evening.

16. See a festive film in Hyde Park.

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The Hyde Park LookOut screens holiday films during December, so have a walk into the park's depths to find this quirky little theatre and enjoy a festive movie night out.

Christmas films at the LookOut are sold out, but keep an eye out and give the box office a call in case cancellations come up!

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