Things to do in South Bank London this Christmas

There’s nothing more festive as London at Christmas time. Be transported to the heart of winter this season – South Bank London and soak up the festive atmosphere with a magical itinerary which includes Christmas shopping, ice-skating, twinkling lights, cruising down the Thames or watching an enchanting show.

Christmas shopping

Shop for Christmas gifts and decorations at the Winter Market, clustered along the riverbank and filled with festive food, mulled wine, gifts and treats for your loved ones. Alternatively pop down to OXO Tower Wharf, home to over 20 independent boutiques where you can find a fabulous gift or commission something unique.

Festive food

Ready for lunch? Refuel at OXO Tower Restaurant Bar & Brasserie boasting spectacular views across the Thames to Charing Cross and the City of London. Enjoy their seasonal menu which includes mini Yorkshire puddings filled with braised venison and Dorset crab choux buns and sweet dishes of mini trifles packed with autumn fruits and a feather-light chocolate truffle. Their festive menu is available Monday to Friday between 3PM and 4.30PM, £35 per person. A sumptuous festive treat!

If you only fancy a light bight, pop down to Le Pain Quotidien or Riverside Terrace Cafe for a more casual and lively atmosphere.

Christmas activities

  • Winter Cocktail Experience – sip festive cocktails created exclusively for London Eye whilst enjoying the breathtaking views of London.
  • Santa Swims at SEA LIFE London Aquarium. At 11.45AM every day, Santa himself dives into the depths to bring Christmas festivities this season, hand-feeding rare green sea turtles, dozens of rays, and colourful tropical fish.
  • Wrap up warm, get your skates on and soak up the festive atmosphere at one of London’s gorgeous open-air ice rinks. Glide on the biggest ever ice rink with the illuminated London Eye providing the festive backdrop. After ice-skating, defrost with a glass of mulled wine.
  • Shrek’s Adventure! London Christmas experience. Take a trip to Far Away in one of South Bank London newest attractions and meet Shrek in all his festive glory. A magical 4D experience for the whole family.

Discover more fun-filled ideas and family outings throughout the Christmas period as well as things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in South Bank London, by visiting their official website. So, wrap up warm and head out to explore the city!

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