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Why London should be your winter wonderland

The season to be jolly is fast approaching and rather than getting cosy under the covers in your own home, many of you will be looking at what winter adventures can be had a little further afield. For seasonal celebrations, there are few better places than London to visit. Full of warm indulgence, upbeat activities, and a Christmas shopping experience like no other, here’s why the capital of the UK might be the winter wonderland you’ve been looking for.

Celebrate across the city
In London, there is always something on to fit just about any budget. In the winter, the city takes that aspect and dials it right up to eleven. Timeout isn’t exaggerating about the winter events when it calls every one of them unmissable. The Canary Wharf Rink offers the best place to skate and twirl with the best of them under a neon glow while the Magical Lantern Festival takes on an almost spectral appeal with its bright colours and vivid character of Chinese culture in full display. For a real festive celebration that sees the people of the city out in full force, the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is perfect for families, couples or wandering souls looking to get lost in the fun.

Take a load off
It’s getting very chilly outside, so having somewhere to relax is going to be another priority. For accommodation, why not find somewhere you can find the peace and quiet away from the streets by looking at short term lets at London Serviced Apartments? You get all the service of a grand hotel in a much more subdued setting. For relaxing days out, then you have to check out the Nordic-themed Southbank Centre’s Wintertime Festival. Popular as it is, there are few places in the city to enjoy a relaxing splash in a rooftop sauna that perfectly emulates the feeling of a natural hot spring. When all's said and done, you can ease the stress off with a deep massage at the Akasha Spa in Piccadilly Circus.

Give yourself the gift of shopping
Whether you want stocking fillers to surpass all other years’ stocking fillers or you’re looking to treat yourself, London is one of the best places in the world to go holiday shopping. In terms of fashion alone, there is a plethora of stores for all kinds of budgets and tastes in Chelsea, Mayfair, and St. James. For that someone special, Harrods is always dazzling in its available luxuries, while you can get a much more festive shopping experience at the Southbank Centre Christmas Market in Westminster. If it’s holiday shopping you’re after, you’re going to want to explore the depths of London’s retail centres, so set aside plenty of time.
A big bustling city with plenty of corners for cosy contemplation, London is absolutely full of the holiday spirit when winter comes around. If you can time your visit, then it’s worth visiting when the huge Norwegian Christmas tree has its lights turned on in Trafalgar Square on the 7th December.

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