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What to do in London for Christmas and New Year

If you’re staying at one of our North London serviced apartments over the holidays, there are plenty of seasonal activities in London to look forward to. Some of them will be obvious, such as Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, or the Harry Potter Experience in Watford, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the more unusual activities you may not have found out about yet. So, what is there to do in London for Christmas and New Year:

Christmas markets

Many of the Christmas markets end before Christmas, but there are some that continue over the holiday period:

Christmas lights

If you love the Christmas lights, then you’ve probably already decided to visit Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby Street. If you haven’t already got tickets to see the lights at Kew Gardens, then it’s bad news – they’re sold out. However, there are other installations you can visit:

Theatre shows that aren’t panto

If you’re looking for something a bit different, there are plenty of theatre shows to watch without having to resort to either musicals or panto (all together now: “Oh yes there are!”). Here are our Top 5 productions you might like to see over the festive period:

Circus 1903 at the Royal Festival Hall, on until 5th January

Rumpelstiltskin at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, on until 6th January

The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, currently booking until July 2019

The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre, currently booking until October 2019

The Mousetrap (yes, it’s still going!) at St Martin’s Theatre, currently booking until October 2019

New Year’s Eve

Thousands of people travel from far and wide to spend New Year’s Eve in the centre of London, so they can watch the amazing midnight firework display at the London Eye. The bad news is that tickets to watch the fireworks from the South Bank are now sold out. The good news is that it’s still possible to get a great view. You could try heading to the streets around Cannon Street and St Paul’s, where you’ll see the aerial display for free – but these areas are likely to be very popular, which may result in TFL closing the stations to prevent overcrowding. There are many bars and restaurants along the South Bank hosting events. And if you’re looking for a more unusual way to welcome in 2019, think about joining one of the party boats on the Thames – you’ll moor up close to the fireworks to get, if not a bird’s eye view, certainly a duck’s eye view!

Returning to your apartment after the party’s over will be easy as TFL is not only operating the majority of its tube and bus services all night, they’ll also be free between 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve and 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

From all of us at Your Apartment, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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