The long cold nights of winter are finally here, and our nation’s capital is looking to keep us entertained with plenty of stellar attractions. From going to charitable choral concerts to doing some festive late night shopping, there are plenty of ways that you can try and beat the winter blues.
But just to help you out, here are some of London’s premier night-time attractions that can help you make the most of this magical time of year.
Visiting a Glittering Casino
If you’re looking for the perfect way to add some sparkle to your winter nights, then a trip to one of London’s many glittering casinos would be a great idea. The capital is host to plenty of illustrious gaming establishments that are packed with all the glamorous table games that you’d expect. Head to the plush areas around Marylebone, Mayfair and Marble Arch, and you’ll be sure to find a suitably elaborate casino.
But how can you be sure of not making a fool of yourself in front of those high-rollers that attend such famous casinos? While just about anybody can get lucky with some slot machine games, by learning some roulette tips and tricks online, you’re sure to make a big impression when you eventually turn up at the gaming tables of London’s biggest casinos.
What’s great is that many of London’s casinos have relaxed their dress codes a fair degree in recent years. Obviously, you can’t turn up in shorts and flip-flops, but you can certainly leave the tuxedo and the cocktail dress at home.
Fun on an Ice Rink
What better way to enjoy those crisp winter nights than by heading out on the ice? London witnesses many top-quality ice rinks popping up over the festive season. Even if your ice skating skills leave a lot to be desired, these events are so popular that nobody will mind if you take the occasional tumble.
But where’s the best place to experience some festive ice skating? It’s hard to argue with the appeal of the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland event. This boasts the largest open-air ice rink in the UK and many other perfectly festive attractions.
Whether you’re singing Christmas hits like Mariah Carey in the karaoke cabin, or are getting spectacular views over the city from the huge ferris wheel, it’s easy to see why this event has become a real fixture on the winter festive calendar. Just remember that the Winter Wonderland can get very busy on a weekend, so be sure to plan your visit when you have enough time to make full use of that massive ice rink!
Feasting at a late night Christmas market
Although Germany may have staked claim to having the world’s best Christmas markets, London has really upped its game when it comes to these open air food and drink extravaganzas. In particular it’s Christmas markets at Leicester Square that have been impressive recently, with all of the festive emblems that you’d expect.
Whether you’re taking the kids into Santa’s grotto or are tucking down on some mince pies and mulled wine, it’s the perfect place to take a break from all of the retail action on the high streets.
However, special mention must be made for the fact that Trafalgar Square is hosting its first ever Christmas market this year. This iconic location is already famous for its gargantuan Christmas tree that’s usually surrounded by singing choirs. But 2019 sees Trafalgar Square getting a whole lot more Christmassy with 20 stalls filled with delicious delicacies and ample places to pick up that last-minute festive gift.