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London at Xmas, other than harrods grotto (!) whats fun and festive to do?

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Herecomesthesciencebint Sun 09-Oct-11 19:44:22

We will be in London the weekend before Xmas I think with DS's aged 4 and 6.

Whats the best things to be doing to get us in the festive mood!

ednurse Sun 09-Oct-11 19:46:18

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, ice skating - I like Hampton Court Palace, the lights in Covent Garden.

serin Sun 09-Oct-11 19:51:49

St Pauls Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral choir concerts.

TreacleChops Sun 16-Oct-11 21:28:42

Hamleys toy shop!!!

acsec Sun 16-Oct-11 21:31:59

Walk along Oxford St and Regent St in the evening and look at all the lovely shop windows and Christmas Lights. Mum used to always take us when were little grin

LordOfTheFlies Sun 16-Oct-11 21:36:55

My DC are older and every year we have a traditional family day out to London. (Not really to buy things, more just to browse)

Dinner at Garfunkles round by Liberty.
Dad/son and Mum/daughter competition to see who can count the post Hamleys bags being carried along Regent Street.

Winter Wonderland -of course!

Hamleys- always busy before Christmas.We give the DCs a set amount to spend and let them have a good look round.There's lots of entertainment there.

Covent Garden? Again lots of street entertainers.

gastonscave Tue 18-Oct-11 21:53:20

It has to be Ice Skating at Somerset House wonderfully Christmassy

2marys Tue 18-Oct-11 23:49:22

walking along the south bank - great mime, over priced sweets and candy floss (massive rip off) but giraffe, great lights.

the tree in trafalgar square with christmas carols.

taking a no 11 bus - on the top, at the front, from liverpool st station to peter jones in sloane square, via st pauls, fleet street and the inns of court, the strand, traf square, whitehall and parliament square, victoria, sloane square and counting and marking the christmas trees out of 10 (nul points etc). (Tip for grown-ups - usually there are lots on central methodist hall - not just one) and pretending to be the driver. if you hit a tree branch, go through a red light or nearly have an accident with a bike or person you swap drivers. you can also count the boris bikes - they have bright blue adverts for barclays on them. V cheap - children free on buses.

the windows at fortnums, followed by the christmas fair at st james' picadilly and coffee in the costa or is it cafe nero at the side

cazzybabs Wed 19-Oct-11 20:36:14

the snowman ballet at the peacock theatre

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