London is the perfect destination for a day out with the family

Samuel Johnson says: “WHEN a man is bored with London, he is bored with life – and as someone who enjoys festivities, I would say the same for Christmas.

In my opinion, London is the best city in the world. And in December, it reaches its highest perfection.

London has everything you need, something for everyone


London has everything you need, something for everyoneCredit: Shutterstock

Whether you’re 25 and looking for a night on the bricks or 60 and up and craving culture and good things, it has all you need.

It has everything for kids, especially when it rains.

That’s exactly why my boyfriend and I went on holiday to London with our two-year-old son Harry to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Free museum, top theater, every food under the sun, great park. . . There’s something for everyone.

However, overshadowing them all at this time of year, is Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.

We went on a Friday morning during term time, so it was very empty for London’s biggest Christmas attraction.

And our boy had to spend a small fortune on fair rides without the long queues.

There are plenty of other bookable activities, from ice skating to ice sculpting. But they don’t come cheap, so figure out which will get you the most.

From Hyde Park, it’s a 25-minute walk to another holy grail for little kids: the Hamleys toy store, a massive seven-story building on Regent Street.

At 261 years old, Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy store in the world.

There’s so much to see, with plenty of staff showcasing top toy selections.

My son is most interested in the casters, although we all appreciated the opportunity to be photographed in Santa’s sleigh – with the photo later transformed into baubles on the tree Noel.

The shop often hosts free activities, such as puppet shows, during school holidays.

With a vintage Hamleys teddy bear tucked under Harry’s arm, we toured some of the capital’s best carnival light shows, stopping at a few pubs along the way for a glass of wine echoing.

Carnaby Street, Regent Street, and Covent Gardens are our favorites for light, with the latter placing a fake sleet every hour.

After dinner at the kid-friendly Pizza Pilgrims, we took a short walk to Hotel Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Our room on the 12th floor overlooked the large Houses of Parliament and Harry received a bag of activities for his stay, which included crayons and some vouchers to spend in his shop and cafe. hotel.

The location is very central so we were able to walk to the matinée of Stick Man at Leicester Square Theater within 20 minutes, after a trip to the hotel spa and breakfast buffet.

The show was so good that the book was Harry’s bedtime story every night for the next week.

Massive participation of the audience and exciting songs captivated young audiences during the 55-minute performance.

Since we’ve had covered rides at the fairgrounds, a toy store, and a children’s show, it made sense to pre-order something for us adults.

So our weekend ended on the 35th floor of The Shard, with a festive Alpine afternoon tea at Ting, including Austrian-inspired sweets.

Luckily, our Thomas The Tank Engine-obsessed kid was entertained by trains pulling into London Bridge station hundreds of meters below.

The time to rest in the city is late, as Britons opt for coastal and country trips during the pandemic, while theaters and museums are forced to close.

But London hasn’t changed – it has merely hibernated.

And now it’s back, in all its hectic, bright light and trend-setting glory.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is a must visit for Christmas


Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a must visit for Christmas
We stayed on the 12th floor of Hotel Park Plaza Westminster Bridge


We stayed on the 12th floor of Hotel Park Plaza Westminster BridgeCredit: 2009 Matthew D. Shaw.
Cool off near the ice sculptures at Winter Wonderland


Cool off near the ice sculptures at Winter WonderlandCredit: © Joshua Atkins / Fanatic 2018
Katie Price and fiance Carl Woods enjoy a date night at Winter Wonderland

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