London is well known for being one of the best cities in the world for Christmas fun. From the glittering festive lights of Oxford Street to the festively decorated rooms at the Devonshire Hotel Paddington, there’s plenty to keep you dazzled this festive season.
London however, is very large, so compacting your focus to a specific area is a much easier way to get bitesize chunks of December city fun. This is especially true if you’re only visiting the city for a short period of time, and West London is the perfect place to start this festive season. Whether you’re on the lookout for an insight into the city’s rich history, or you want to hit the town at night, the festive season in West London has everything you need. Below are just a few of the unique events taking place this December in the West of the city.
Wait, which bit’s West London?
West London is comprised of 7 boroughs – Ealing, Hounslow, Chelsea and Kensington, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, Hillingdon and Hounslow. With plenty of accommodation near Paddington to take advantage of during your visit, many of these areas are easily reachable via the Piccadilly, Central, Hammersmith, Circle and District Lines.
West End Does Christmas
West End does Christmas is based in the dazzling Cadogan Hall in the Belgravia area of West London. With Matt Lucas of Little Britain fame hosting, guests will be in for a rip-roaring Christmas treat that’s studded with more stars than a Christmas tree. With a line up of West End performers bringing in a dazzling array of Christmas medleys, this is definitely not one to miss if you’re a lover of all things West End.
Ealing Christmas Market
Head down to the end of the Central Line and over to the Ealing Town Centre Christmas market. Here you’ll find a broad variety of attractions and food stalls, as well as independent stores offering up the best stocking fillers in West London. With the nearby Ealing shopping centre, you’ll have even more opportunity for high street food and drink right alongside the market stalls.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The crown jewel of Royal Parks, Hyde Park hosts one of the best winter events of the year. A ticketed event, Winter Wonderland is one of the most popular attractions for Devonshire guests enjoying afternoon tea near Paddington as well as attracting locals from all across the city. This beautiful mix of live entertainment, festive markets, art and funfair attractions promises a magical day out in London’s iconic park.
A Kew Garden Christmas
Based in West London’s Richmond area, Kew Gardens Christmas is a unique mix of artistic lighting and natural beauty, bringing laser projections and ever-changing light patterns into the sweeping landscapes of Kew Botanic Gardens. As night falls, the magic starts, and this not to miss festive Eden will leave you starstruck.
Portobello Christmas Market
For thrifty Christmas tourists utilising London hotel offers, Portobello Market offers an eclectic mix of bargains which are all the more alluring come the Christmas period. Whether you’re on the lookout for a last-minute stocking filler or a hearty Notting Hill pub, this iconic market has it all during the Christmas period.