Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Top 50 things to do in the West End this Christmas

The West End is the scene of the largest light in the world with more than one million LED bulbs dazzling customers, but there is so much more to see and do.

You can treat yourself to a festive treat with family and friends with a trip to the capital’s entertainment mecca this Christmas.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “London is the largest city in the world and I’m thrilled that this year the West End is hosting the biggest Christmas candle ever lit.

“From our world-class shops, attractions, art and culture to our incredible bars and restaurants – all of which will sparkle under more than a million lights – there is much to see and do this festive season.

With just six weeks to go before Christmas, I encourage Londoners and visitors alike to enjoy the best our capital has to offer, see the amazing lights and support our hospitality industry to keep coming back.

“My message to Londoners and tourists from all over the UK and the world is: Let’s celebrate Christmas in London!”

London’s West End as Christmas lights are on throughout the district (photo: David Parry / PA Wire)

Here we give you ideas for what’s hot in the West End and the 50 best things there.

The 50 Best Things to Do Only in the West End This Christmas:

Find the perfect gift in the oldest toy store in the world, Hamleys

2. Take a selfie at Bond Street’s iconic Christmas tree

Experience the world’s first Bollinger 007 Champagne Bar in BurlingtonArcade

Experience Afternoon Tea at The Ritz London: An iconic, typically English experience

Celebrate icons of a century of cinema and entertainment with an interactive statue track on Scenes in the Square in London’s home for film and entertainment, Leicester Square

Visit Selfridge’s Christmas Market at Mews, expect everything from sustainably grown Christmas trees, the perfect festive gifts, an impressive Helter Skelter, performances from Santa Claus and his friends and the capital’s best street food.

Visitors can also visit their infatuated toy pop-up, which sells everything from antique teddy bears to board games, all part of the store’s Project Earth commitment

Book yourself for a personal shopping experience like no other at MatchesFashion in Carlos Place

8. Shop in the iconic department store, Liberty London

9. Enjoy a matinee or evening theater performance in London’s West End

10. Visit Hatchards, the oldest bookstore in the world

11. Enjoy a magical Christmas tradition for the whole family at English National Ballets The Nutcracker at The London Coliseum

12. Visit the Princes Arcade to find a beautiful collection of shops under one roof connecting Piccadilly with the iconic Jermyn Street

13. Get all your Christmas cards and thank you cards from Mount StreetPrinters

14. Visit Flannels on Oxford Street this season as an incredible array of artists transform the exteriors of the shops

15. Visit an exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts including Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet at The Royal Academy

16. Treat yourself to one of the many spa treatments available at Dr. BarbaraSturm on Mount Street

Find the perfect gift at Burberry’s flagship store on Regent Street

Experience seasonal and sustainable award-winning food at Fallow, the latest opening at St James’s Market

19. Discover Bottletop on Regent Street, the world’s first zero-waste store, and find accessories from the finest sustainable materials

20. Take a trip to the John Lewis Christmas Shop on Oxford Street

21. Celebrate your lost loved ones at the magical Ever After Garden on Grosvenor Square

22. Techies can head to the Microsoft Experience Center on Regent Street

23. Visit Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street for their legendary Christmas cheesecake with four classic Christmas cheeses

24. Experience what Tatler called ‘London’s best steakhouse’ at The ColonyGrill Room at The Beaumont

25. Meet your favorite Disney characters at The Disney Store on Oxford Street

Experience Bond Street’s best-kept secret, Boodles Brasserie, as it returns to their store this Christmas

27. Treat yourself to some sweet treats at The Connaught Patisserie

Enjoy a winter favorite at Whitcomb’s at The Londoner, the hotel’s French Mediterranean restaurant

29. Enter Christmas at Oxford and Bond Street this year with the very first AR festive track, keep an eye out for QR codes scattered along the street to discover Festive Magic from this pocket gate

Enjoy a light dinner all day with snacks and high tea at the dazzling Palm Court, famous as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition at The Langham

31. The first of its kind in the UK, visit the new and unique restaurant, AvocadoShow on Princes Street

32. Experience the first fully immersive DC-inspired gourmet dining experience found anywhere in the world at Park Row

33. Visit the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason as the epitome of sophisticated Afternoon and High Tea in all its splendor

34. When Two Mayfair Legends Meet, Magic Happens, discover Brown’s Hotel’s festive collaboration with Asprey

35. Have dinner at The Wolseley on London’s iconic Piccadilly

36. Get ready for the party season at Dyson Beauty Lab

37. Bring the family to Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly

Book a Wreath Workshop at McQueens Flowers

39. Book in for a cocktail at No. 39, the new secret bar tucked inside BrownsBrook Street

40. Visit Claridge’s famous Christmas tree and enjoy a festive afternoon tea

41. Experience Mayfair’s latest restaurant and enjoy incredible Indian cuisine at BiBi

42. Visit David Bowie’s eventful pop-up on Heddon Street in honor of the musician’s 75th birthday

43. Enjoy an evening of jazz, every night through December at Mercato Mayfair

44. Experience unique and luxurious coffee books and cocktails at MaisonAssouline, a hidden bar on Piccadilly

45. Experience a hidden sanctuary that houses an 18 m pool, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, gym, studios and lounge bar at Akasha

46. ​​Immerse yourself in the Ralph Lauren lifestyle with a coffee break at Ralph’s, the flagship’s cafe at No1, New Bond Street

47. Visit an exhibition at the National Gallery

48. Book in for a Christmas burlesque dance class at Danceworks

49. Enjoy Sonic Bloom, the latest art installation by Yuri Suzuki at Brown HartGardens

50. Visit Lush to experience their Personalization Station and tailor products from their most popular Snow Fairy range and choose from a selection of reusable knot wrapping designs to complete the perfect gift

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