Post-lockdown Lowdown – Where To Enjoy the Festive Season in London

Jimmy's Winter Lodge pop-up igloos at the Southbank, London, UK
Jimmy’s Winter Lodge pop-up igloos at the Southbank, London, UK © Art of Escapism

The end of lockdown 2.0 is just within reach. For those looking to cash in on that Christmas spirit this is a chance to get out of the house for a change. Whilst Tier 2 restrictions are still in place, there are many outdoor activities you can enjoy with your relatives and bubbles.

Here is a list of the most exciting things to do in London this winter season!

Connected By Light at Canary Wharf

Tetra Park by Mandylights installation
Tetra Park by Mandylights installation can be viewed in Canary Wharf, London, UK

Although the annual Winter Lights festival is postponed Canary Wharf will be running a slightly stripped back version this year – Connected by Light. All manner of colourful light installations and selfie magnets will be present around the estate. Exactly what we need in these rather gloomy and dark times.

When: 2 December – 27 February 2020
Where: Various Locations in Canary Wharf

Free admission, find out more here.

Kerb South Molton Street

Sign for Kerb food market
Kerb street food market is coming to South Molton Street, London, UK

The very centre of London is getting yet another street food market! As opposed to Mercato Mayfair and Market Hall West End just around the corner, the new Kerb South Molton Street will be an outdoor affair. Scheduled to launch a day before the lockdown, its opening has now been postponed, so keep your eyes peeled for the new opening date.

It will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday and you can expect perfect, comforting winter foods such as Turkish pide ‘pizza’ from Piddaji and grilled rice dishes from Oshpaz. South Molton street also recently acquired colourful benches created by artist Camille Walala, so you can consume your goodies in style.

When: TBC
Where: South Molton Street, Mayfair, W1K 5QY London, UK

Visit the website to find out more.

Hackney Christmas Market

Hackney Christmas Market at Bohemia Place
Artisan and food market at Bohemia Place, London, UK

If you haven’t spent all your money during Black Friday weekend already, here is another chance to part with it, as Bohemia Place’s usual market turns festive. 

Celebrate with mulled wine and tasty street food and indulge in a Christmas gift shopping spree with a selection of ethical artisan vendors. Admission is free, but you need to pre-book a ticket.

When: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 December 2020
Where: Bohemia Place Market, E8 1DU London, UK

Admission free, pre-booking needed, find out more here.

Jimmy’s Lodge Igloos

Jimmy's Winter Lodge pop-up igloos at the Southbank, London, UK
Jimmy’s Winter Lodge pop-up igloos at the Southbank, London, UK © Art of Escapism

A perfect way to break into the wintery spirit. Jimmy’s Lodge igloos are back at the Southbank bringing with them the ultimate Alpine experience. Spend the evening in a cosy snow globe overlooking the Thames.

Enjoy a warming selection or French dishes, mulled wine or even fondue. These are in high demand and you will need to make a booking in advance.

When: December 2020
Where: The Queen’s Walk, Bishop’s, SE1 8XX London, UK

Find out more here.

Nordic Spirit Wonderland

The Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden is getting a Scandi makeover, London, UK

This season Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden will be transformed into a Scandinavian Winter Wonderland of hygge. On the menu are nordic lights projections, cosy cabins and most importantly marshmallow roasting over roaring fires.

When: From 3 December 2020
Where: 6A S Lambeth Pl, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP London, UK

For more information and bookings visit here.

Christmas at Kew

Palm House illuminated for Christmas at Kew Gardens, London, UK
Palm House illuminated for Christmas at Kew Gardens, London, UK

Follow a magical light trail through the beautiful Kew Gardens. Kew’s top attractions including recently renovated Temperate House and the Treetop Walkway will get a make-over with light installations and laser projections.

Along the way you can keep warm with a hot chocolate and a selection of street food.

When: 4 December 2020 – 17 January 2021
Where: 6A S Lambeth Pl, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP London, UK

From more information and bookings visit here.

Have you made any post-lockdown plans? Give us a shout in the comments below! Looking for other ways to warm up this winter? Check out these 5 Amazing London Tea Shops to stock up on some hot brew.

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