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13 Unique, Fun, And Slightly Magical Things To Do In London

Prosecco ping-pong in Winterland anyone?

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1. Take your Harry Potter obsession one step further by experiencing Hogwarts in the Snow, Watford Junction.

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Make your Harry Potter experience a little more magical by visiting the Warner Bros. Studio this Christmas. Rooms like the Great Hall will be transformed for the season, complete with stunning Yule Ball decorations, and even the Hogwarts Castle model will be meticulously adorned with snow. Witness the magic for yourself and buy a ticket here.

2. Treat yourself to a fancy meal at the Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury.

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If you're looking for somewhere to have a cosy meal, Dalloway Terrace has had a winter makeover to die for. It's described as an "elegant, poetic, and quintessentially English space". Escape to the secret winter garden and enjoy the customised menus and gorgeous decor for the season.

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3. Indulge in a five-course supper club dinner on the tube, Walthamstow.

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Take this rare opportunity to finally have a relaxing experience on the tube, by having a sumptuous five-course meal, courtesy of the Underground Supper Club. Feast on delights such as pork belly and apple frangipane, while never having to hear yells of "MOVE DOWN!". Act fast and buy tickets here – spots are almost full!

4. Or perhaps snuggle up in a riverside igloo at Tower Bridge.

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Restaurant Coppa Club's twinkling igloos sit along the riverside so you can have a cosy, boozy dinner with spectacular views. You can book these gorgeous spaces online, but some are held for walk-ins too, should you want to pop by on a whim.

5. Have a festive afternoon tea in a cosy winter cabin, Camden.

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If you're looking for something "awfully British" this winter, then York & Albany's winter cabin is just the ticket. Put your feet up and enjoy your new home for a couple of hours – you'll even have your own butler to top up your mulled wine! The cabin is available for afternoon tea (£30 pp) but they also cater for elevenses, lunch, and dinner, so why not just stay all day?

6. But if it's just booze you're after, and mulled wine doesn't take your fancy, then why not try hot cocktails at Hotboozapalooza in Southwark?

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Meet the cocktail festival with a twist. Hotboozapalooza is a "one-day anti-mulled-wine" event where you can ditch tradition and try an array of hot alcoholic beverages, including a Hot G&Tea (a gin, Yorkshire tea, and Earl Grey hybrid), and a Hot Voddy (hot vodka, apple juice, and cinnamon).

7. Sip on an incredibly decadent hot chocolate at Chin Chin Labs, Camden.

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It's complete with a home-made blow-torched marshmallow, and we doubt you'll find anything more satisfying on a cold, blustery day. There are also speciality desserts on offer if you fancy something even more decadent – and don't worry, there are also branches in Soho and Hawker House (Canada Water).

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8. For something much stronger, try some hot spiced buttered rum in a magical medina, Shoreditch.

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Adorned with twinkling lights and sumptuous colours, the Queen of Hoxton’s Moroccan Medina Rooftop is a sight to see. Warm your cockles with some delicious hot cocktails, or eat some tasty halloumi fries in the comfort of the decadent wigwam tent, furnished with luxurious pillows and blankets.

9. Dance the night away while enjoying a panoramic view of London at a silent disco in the Shard, London Bridge.

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Silent discos, held at The View from The Shard, are a unique opportunity to party to some excellent tunes (you have a choice of three DJs!) and see the sights at the same time. Just pop on your headphones, grab a drink from the bar, and the evening is yours. December dates include 2nd, 9th, and 16th, and you can book it here.

10. If south London is where you prefer to do your lazying, grab a fireside pint at The Cutty Sark, Greenwich.

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This gorgeous old pub is also along the Thames, so it’s the perfect spot to hide away on moody, blustering day. Food here is excellent too, so you may want to stay for dinner.

11. Put your skating skills to the test at this rooftop ice rink, London Docklands.

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There's nothing more festive than a few laps around an ice rink, so if you're looking for somewhere for your favourite winter tradition, look no further than London's first rooftop ice skating rink. Complete with mulled wine, fondue, and cocktails, it promises to be a great visit.

12. Or play prosecco ping-pong in fairy-tale surroundings in Fulham.

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Escape to an enchanted woodland where a whole host of activities awaits you. From prosecco ping-pong to curling to mini-golf, there’s something for everyone in this mini winter wonderland. Oh and an added bonus? Thursdays and Fridays are also BYOB… You’re welcome. Tickets are from £5 and can be bought here.

13. Awaken your senses at the Magical Lantern Festival London, Chiswick.

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Hosted at Chiswick House & Gardens, this year's Christmas-themed lantern festival promises a spectacular sight in a garden of lights, bringing together culture, colour, and great architecture. Prepare for an immersive experience, festive installations, and even a life-size lantern in the shape of Santa and his reindeers. You won't believe your eyes.

14. Cuddle up with a magical movie at Pop Up Screens, Hackney.

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There's not much better than relaxing with a classic Christmas movie at this time of year, and Pop Up Screen in Hackney has more than enough of those to offer through the month of December. Among those to choose from are Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, and many, many more.

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