Christmas is a magical time of year when families and loved ones come together to share gifts and experience fun and exciting things together. London is a hotspot for holidaymakers over the festive season thanks to its huge list of attractions.
If you’re planning a trip to any of our Park Grand Hotels London over the holidays, you may be looking for alternative things to see and do while in the city. There is something for everyone in the capital so we’ve put together a list of alternative activities for you to enjoy while staying at our Paddington Hotel.
Hogwarts in the Snow
Harry Potter fans heading to the Paddington Hotel this season will be excited to know that over the holidays they will have the chance to see their favourite wizard school covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. The famous book and film series has become a global phenomenon and has captivated the imaginations of people all over the world. The famous Warner Bros Studio in London hosts a Harry Potter tour and this Christmas, it has set up an exhibition that has to be seen to be believed.
Settling down with friends and loved ones to watch a Christmas film is one of the most enjoyable festive traditions around and this year, you can take it to the next level during your time in the city. Over the winter months, the city will host a number of pop up cinema screens that will be showing all kinds of classic films. From modern Disney stories like Frozen to classic titles such as Miracle on 34th Street, you’re sure to find something that everyone will enjoy. A festive trip to the cinema is a great way for families to start new traditions.
If you’ve ever wondered how your ancestors celebrated Christmas, Kensington Palace is hosting events that will take you back to the time of Ebenezer Scrooge and Oliver. The aim of the exhibition is to show how the traditions of Christmas have changed and where the notion of Christmas dinner came from. Explore the beautiful Royal Palace and discover historic treasures such as clothing, paintings, furniture and all kinds of authentic memorabilia from the Victorian era.
The Royal Botanical Garden is beautiful any time of the year but as the festive season approaches, the giant greenhouse will get a luminous makeover that is sure to amaze you and your friends. Amazing light shows and breathtaking displays will create an experience like nothing else. Walk through the beautiful greenery as you are bathed in light. This is a magical experience for couples and loved ones to share.
If you’re looking for an alternative Christmas experience, it doesn’t really get much further outside of the box than this. Christmess is an annual event that allows people of all ages to celebrate in a quirky way. With live blues music, delicious food and a setting like something out of Alice in Wonderland, you’re sure to get a kick out of St Nick’s Imaginarium.