Are you looking for Christmas events in London this November and December? Maybe you want to treat a loved one or simply soak in the Christmassy atmosphere that transforms the streets of London at the end of every year? Here’s a list of activities and events you won’t want to miss out on.
Afternoon Tea on board of the Brigit’s Bakery Bus Christmas Bus Tour
Maybe we are a bit biased here, but our Christmas Afternoon Tea Bus tour should make the top of your list of unmissable events of 2019! All our bus tours last approximately 90 minutes and take you through the streets of London on our stunning vintage double-decker buses while you get to enjoy our unique afternoon tea menu, sip on your tea or coffee, or relax with a glass of bubbly.
Our Christmas-themed afternoon tea bus tours are back with a bang this year and run between the 16th of November 2019 and the 5th of January 2020. With 5 daily departures from 8, Northumberland Avenue or Victoria Coach Station, we offer a unique route along Regent’s Street on the 17:00 and 17:30 tours only to allow you to admire the beautiful Christmas lights (until the 31st of December only).
Our Christmas Bus Tours are very popular, so don’t miss out and book your ticket here. You can use our online booking system to choose your date, time, seat, and any specific requirements. Prosecco or Champagne are not included in the price but can be pre-ordered online.
The Christmas Afternoon Tea Bus menu
Ready to find out what’s on our special Christmas menu? So here’s what you can expect.
Our freshly-prepared savouries:
- Turkey, cheddar, and onion chutney finger sandwich.
- Minty cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwich.
- Coronation Chicken Burger.
- Smoked salmon pretzel, cream cheese, and figs.
- Stilton and leek muffin with walnut.
Our assortment of mini homemade cakes and tarts:
- Choux pastry with pistachio cream and cherry coulis.
- Chocolate and vanilla cupcake.
- Hazelnut whip ganache on sable Breton.
- Coconut tart with raspberry coulis
And of course, you’ll enjoy our freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam. Take a look at our full Christmas menu here.
But fear not – if you have any specific dietary requirements or preferences, we can always accommodate you. Our alternative menus are also available:
Afternoon Tea at the Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Garden
Our delicious and exclusive afternoon tea menu is also being served at our Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Garden. So if you’ve missed out on a bus tour, or if you’re Christmas shopping in the area, make sure you come and pay us a visit!
To get more of a feel of what Christmas looks like at our stunning Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Garden, head over to our post from last year: Christmas Lights Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in London.
Christmas lights in November and December 2019
Our evening Christmas Afternoon Tea bus tours (departing from Victoria Coach Station and running daily at 17:00 and 17:30) will take you via Regent’s Street until the end of December so you won’t miss the Christmas lights.
But if you want to experience the switching on of the lights in other locations, you might still be able to. At the time of writing, the Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, Marylebone Village, Regent Street, and St James Christmas lights (amongst others) have already been switched on.
But you might still catch some of the events. So here are the dates you need to put in your diary:
- Oxford Street Christmas lights and St Katharine Docks – 21st November.
- Chelsea Christmas lights (King’s Road and Sloane Square) – 23rd November.
- Chrisp Street Market, Poplar – 29th November.
- Trafalgar Square Christmas tree – 5th December. (And this one is not to be missed – did you know that the tree is gifted by Norway every single year?).
Although there’s no specific date or event for this, the top 20 floors of the Shard are illuminated throughout the whole of December for a 30-minute show. Go and check it out if you’re in the area on an evening!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
This year’s Winter Wonderland event opens on the 21st of November 2019 (at 4 pm) and runs until 5th January 2020 – it will be open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. And with fantastic attractions, activities, and entertainment for the whole family, this is your chance to indulge in some mulled wine (or a hot chocolate for the kids) and mince pies this festive season.
Winter Wonderland is free to enter and has a range of new attractions this year, “including the world’s tallest transportable Observation Wheel, a new theme ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Magical Ice Kingdom, a Season Ride Pass, Paddington™ on Ice, Mr. Men & Little Miss and a fantastic new programme of comics at the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club. Let’s not forget our returning favourites including the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, funky new après ski vibes at Bar Ice and jaw-dropping acts in the Circus MegaDome!”
If you’re spending Christmas in London, you don’t want to miss this!
Skate at Somerset House
Speaking of ice skating, you can find the most iconic ice rink in London (and the beautiful 40ft Christmas tree that goes with it) at Somerset House. The event has something for the whole family, including skating lessons, seasonal shopping, and gourmet dining.
Christmas in Leicester Square
Between the 8th of November 2019 and the 5th December 2020, daily festive events run in Leicester Square. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful traditional Christmas market stalls with hand-made products and unique food and drinks. Plus, of course, the unmissable Santa’s Grotto where the children can meet Santa and have their chance to tell him exactly how good they’ve been all year (or, for the little ones, cry helplessly in his lap!).
Christmas at Kew Gardens
If you’re in for a magical treat, don’t miss out on Christmas at Kew Gardens. Their stunning after-dark trail is open from the 20th December 2019 to the 5th December 2020 from 5 pm to 10 pm daily (booking is required). Wrap up warm and prepare for a magical experience – this year Kew Gardens are going out of their way and created a new route and added a range of new installations. They promise “glittering spiral trees” and “dynamic laser projections”, so go and check it out.
Christmas carols in London
Ready to sing along? Then go and enjoy the Christmas carols and classical music recitals in various London locations, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, the SSE Arena in Wembley, St Paul’s Cathedral, and many more. Check what’s on and take your pick.
Christmas at the English National Ballet
And last but not least, if you’re into ballet or visiting London in December and want to experience an iconic show, then don’t miss the Nutcracker – on between the 27th of November and the 5th of December. Check out what else is on at the English National Ballet here.
So, what will you pick for this year’s Christmas season? Wherever you go, if you’re up for Christmassy afternoon tea with a twist, don’t forget to check out our Christmas bus tour.
Check out our Christmas Cakes in production….