Skating at Somerset House with Fortnum and Mason is always a must do for Londoners during the festive season. This year’s theme for the ice cool location is aprés-ski where skaters and observers alike can enjoy not only ice skating but shopping at the Fortnum Lodge. The Christmas Arcade is the coolest winter destination to eat, drink & relax with friends or a special date.
Runs until 10 Jan 2015. Book online.
 Hyde Park remains the location for Winter Wonderland and this year sees the park expand for bigger and better attractions for all ages. Keeping the Christmas market feel, with a host of food stalls and Bavarian chalets, the organisers have added Christmas circuses, Bar Ice and a flurry of different attractions. With something for everyone, Winter Wonderland makes for a great day or night out, open from 10am to 10pm every day until 3rd January.
Entry: Free. Book online for main attractions.
 What’s Christmas without a 50-foot Christmas tree? After dark, the world famous botanical Kew Gardens turns into an enchanted winter paradise. With a one-mile long illuminated trail sprinkled with giant light sculptures, a tunnel of lights & light projections on Palm House, the magical experience is suitable for all ages.
Recommended to book in advance. Book online.
 In the month of December, Columbia Road Flower Market will be hosting Christmas Wednesdays. Over 50 independent shops, cafe and restaurants will be open from 5pm to 9pm in order to provide a Christmas shopping experience to the public. Go down for the smell of mulled wine and fresh pine wood because if you are looking for a Christmas tree to decorate your house, Christmas trees will be on sale!
 A sumptuous December Afternoon Tea should be on everyone’s list and no place is better at observing the nation’s cultural heritage than Claridge’s – expect delicious finger sandwiches, warm scones and sweet pastries served on fine china. Teas are not only from English regions, but also from small producers around the world.
Make a reservation for a table at Claridge’s.
Words: Cleide Cardoso