It’s the most wonderful time of year, so why not get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to the capital to make the most of the festive delights.

There’s plenty of festivities to enjoy, from the Christmas markets and carol concerts to the glittering lights, ice rinks and fireside pub lunches with a mulled wine in hand.

We’ve shared our favourite London discoveries to ensure that Yule be in the festive spirit in no time…

If you’ve still got Christmas shopping to do, or just want to admire the iconic Christmas shop-window displays, then it’s best to do this early in the day to beat the crowds at London’s top shopping hot spots, such as: Harrods, Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street or Westfield London and Stratford City.

If you want to completely avoid the flurry of Christmas shoppers, then there are plenty of other shopping gems waiting to be discovered. Explore the luxurious boutiques of Connaught Village just a short walk from Oxford Street, or hop on the tube to Notting Hill for Portobello Market – the world’s largest antiques market – for some truly unique gift ideas.

Foodies should visit Borough Market in Southwark, it is the perfect place to pick up some traditional Christmas goodies, plus the market is open every day from 13th December until Christmas Eve.

After all of that shopping you’ve probably built up quite an appetite, so why not stop off for a Christmas themed brunch. Winterland London is serving an Apres bottomless brunch with bottomless bubbly, cider or mulled wine, or visit one of London’s winter terraces like Dalloway Terrace and curl up under a blanket with a warming hot chocolate.

Looking for that perfect festive Instagram snap? Then London won’t disappoint and is filled with plenty of beautiful festive backdrops. Here are our favourites:
If you are in London on a Wednesday, make sure to stop by the famous Columbia Road flower market, where there will be carols, Christmas trees and mulled wine from 5pm.

Eat, drink and be merry with a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, or for an alternative festive experience try Dishoom for slow cooked turkey leg with Bombay potatoes and spiced cranberry chutney.

You are spoilt for choice for afternoon tea in London, so why not indulge in the quintessentially British pastime Christmas style. The Langham has partnered with Liberty to create a Festive afternoon tea with roast turkey sandwiches with apricot and marjoram stuffing and an array of Christmas themed sweet treats. Or Biscuiteers is serving up traditional favourites with a festive twist such as fig scones with mulled winter jam and Christmas pudding macarons.
End your afternoon by watching the sun go down over the city while ice skating on Europe’s only rooftop ice rink at Skylight London, Tobacco Dock.

But wait, there’s plenty myrrh to explore.

As the sun goes down and the lights begin to sparkle, head south to Winterville for the ultimate Christmas experience. Winterville offers an ice rink, roller disco, circus, cinema, fairground, and plenty of tasty Christmas treats to enjoy from the food stalls.

Neighbourhood Cinema, situated in a secret location in Covent Garden, is the ideal place to watch your Christmas favourites such as The Holiday, Home Alone and Elf. The pop up is decorated to look like a frozen island with frosted palm trees, icicles and snow globes.

End the day with a relaxing evening by living your fairy tale dreams, and sip on festive cocktails in your very own gingerbread cabin at York & Albany decorated with Christmas trees and candy canes.