8 Quirky Ideas to Experience at Christmas in London

8 Quirky Ideas at Christmas in London to Experience

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8 Quirky Ideas at Christmas in London

With so many quirky and fun activities to do in London, the 6 listed here are by no means an exhaustive list but it is worth exploring.

1 | Backyard Cinema

Watch a movie in a cinema like never before. Journey through a magical world of enchanted forest in a Winter Night Garden or find the secret entrance, explore the enchanted Snow Kingdom and go in search of the hidden cinema to watch your favourite movie. Select from a wide range of holiday favourites such as Home Alone, Love Actually, The Holiday, Trading Places, Pretty Woman and so many more.

Website: https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/


2 | The Great Christmas Feast

Be transported to Victorian London through a secret door in a secret location for an immersive experience of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The story unfolds all around as you Indulge in a mouthwatering yuletide gastronomy of Victorian street food and feast.

Extended to January 10, 2021

Website: https://greatchristmasfeast.com/


3 | Winterland

For a unique experience of the festive cheer, sip mulled wine, move to the sounds of the music, or relax on a sofa in an enchanting Alpine setting at an outdoor bar.

Website: https://www.winterlandlondon.com/


4 | The Piano Works

For an unforgettable fun evening, head over to the Piano Works. A bar with non-stop music of audience requested songs. Sing-a-long into the night with steak or ribs, buddha bowls and vegan shepherd’s pie. A favourite for music lovers.

Dinner is available from Tuesday to Saturday | Brunch on Saturday between 12 and 4 pm.

Website: https://pianoworks.bar/


5 | Archipelago Restaurant

Right in the heart of London Fitzrovia is an exotic restaurant in an exotic setting serving exotic dishes such as kangaroo, python, crocodile and crispy zebra “jerky” alongside traditional dishes of chicken and fish. A visit to Archipelago is, without a doubt, an evening to remember.

Website: https://www.archipelago-restaurant.co.uk/


6 | Invisible City

A short journey from the city of London, in Willesden is The Invisible City. This is an unusual experience to have at Christmas but I wanted to add it here for any one who wishes to experience the new sound art installation at Willesden Jewish Cemetery. A 21-acre landscape features the stories of people laid to rest in this, one of the most prestigious cemeteries in UK. Most of the ‘1970’s High Street’ can be found here including Jack Cohen (1898 – 1979) who founded Tesco.

Entry is Free. You can download the QR code onto any smartphone when you are onsite. There is a short trailer on the website.

Website: https://www.willesdenjewishcemetery.org.uk/events/invisible-city/


7 | Harry Potter Studios at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Have a magical day and experience winter in Warner Bros Studio Tour. Join this behind-the-scenes tour of the making of Harry Potter series. Get close to the whimsical costumes and props, especially Dumbledore’s office and Hagrid’s Hut. This magical experience sells out fast so book your tickets several months ahead.

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Learn how the iconic train scenes were filmed, and browse through your favorite character’s luggage! For the first time ever, enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank! Walk through the wizarding bank of Gringott’s, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins, and much more. Admire the imposing marble columns and discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook, and many other Golbin bankers. You’ll have approximately 4 hours to enjoy the magic of the Harry Potter studio.

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8 | Tour of London Christmas Lights at night

See London at its best at Christmas and be dazzled by the glittering festive lights display from onboard an open top bus tour. The tour is led by an expert guide and the journey takes the route along all the Christmassy shop display. As well the Regent Street, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Tower Bridge.

Regent Street Christmas Lights
Regent Street Christmas Lights | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

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Coal Drops Yard at Christmas in Kings Cross London

Coal Drops Yard at Christmas in Kings Cross London


In the heart of Kings Cross, there is a beautiful area that brings a totally different atmosphere to the hustle and bustle of London City life. This hidden gem of traffic-free Victorian cobbled streets and red-brick arches adds a unique flavour to the shopping and dining culture in London. It is even more spectacular during the festive season. Located within a 5-minute walk of Kings Cross Station, the Coal Drops Yard at Christmas is a destination not to be missed. The magical, merry and bright lights at the upscale Coal Drops Yard shopping and dining area is atmospheric, presented in an unusually Christmassy tree entwined with a ‘green spirit’.

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Coal Drops Yard at Christmas and its very special untraditional Christmas tree

The Terrarium Tree at Coal Drops Yard at Christmas in Kings Cross London
The Terrarium Tree in Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London | Christmas 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The unusual Christmas installations at Coal Drops Yard is a huge 8.5 metre (28 ft) high Terrarium Tree, a creation by the Botanical Boys. This magnificent creation feature 70 terrariums with each containing a unique, individual mini garden. The terrariums are surrounded by 168 mirrored baubles in differing sizes, bringing the unconventional Christmas tree to life with its glowing reflections. Added to this is the illumination from below, casting a beautiful warm glow across the courtyard.

Coal Drops Yard at Christmas
A closer look at the terrariums in their glass bauble, The Terrarium Tree at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross |© mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
The Terrarium Tree Baubles radiating a warm glow with illumination from below | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

In keeping with their green spirit, the terrariums will grow in their baubles throughout this festive season. When the festivities are over, the terrariums will be re-homed in 2021. As well, the main structure of the tree is reusable and will be transformed into new tree designs.

Coal Drops Yard – A place to Shop, Eat, Drink & Explore | Coal Drops Yard at Christmas

Shop

Along with the magical and festive spirit, the shops at Coal Drops Yard are adding to the merry cheer of Christmas shopping. With Christmas being a little different this year with much of Christmas shopping done online, the many brands home to Coal Drops Yard are offering exclusive in-store discounts.

From new names to well-known brands such as &- Other Stories, one-stop styling destinations, to Wolf & Badger, an independent homeware and beauty brand, Coal Drops Yard is the place for unique and extraordinary gifts.

Christmas 2020: From 3 December through to 24 December, many resident brands at Coal Drops Yard have teamed up with United We Shop campaign to offer up to 30% discounts on selected in-store purchases. There are also gifts with selected purchases and deals. For more information, go to https://www.coaldropsyard.com/united-we-shop/

For a full listings of places to shop and brands to look-out for, check this website: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/shopping-at-kings-cross-listing

Eat and Drink | Coal Drops Yard at Christmas

Wider Kings Cross area is a foodie hotspot that has something for everyone and for every budget. The restaurants, bars and cafes at Coal Drops Yard offer cosy terraces and covered spaces to welcome diners for authentic dining experiences.

*As from December 4, London is in Tier 2. Along with Government guidelines, the rule of six and the same household guidance, restaurants at Coal Drops Yard are welcoming diners for both in-door dining as well as on the terraces.

Many of the eateries at Coal Drops Yard have beautiful terraces with al fresco dining along with outdoor heating and blankets to ward-off the winter chill.

For fun and authentic Mexican corn tortillas, tacos and tostadas with refreshing tequila, head over to Plaza Pastor. It is a permanent outdoor venue, totally covered and heated.

The Drop is an elegant wine bar nestled under the old Victorian arches and has seating outdoors with good heating. The wine list is said to be one of the best around and they serve responsibly sourced oysters, meat and cheeses.

For a full listings of cozy terraces and eateries go to: https://www.coaldropsyard.com/cosy-outdoor-terraces-at-coal-drops-yard/

Explore the surrounds of Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross London

Granary Square Christmas Lights
Granary Square, Christmas 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Explore the surrounding areas such as the Granary Square which is home to some fantastic places to eat and drink. There are a good selection of terraces where you could enjoy a coffee or a cocktail and watch the goings-on. The most popular place, without a doubt is the Granary Building, home to Caravan and Granary Square Brasserie. Also, either watch or experience the Fountains at Granary Square – the aqua-choreography of 1080 jets!

As well, you could grab yourself a drink or immerse yourself in a book on the steps by Regent’s Canal. Regent’s Canal runs through the heart of Kings Cross and has been transformed to be an important part of this neighbourhood at Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square. As you walk along the canal from Granary Square towards Gasholder Park, you will see Camley Street Nature Park.

A nature reserve, Camley Street Nature Park was created from a two-acre coal yard in 1984. The beautiful woodland, the grassland and wetland habitats provide a haven for birds, butterflies and plant life. A little further along the towpath, you will reach Gasholder Park and St Pancras Cruising Club. St Pancras Cruising Club is a lovely spot to enjoy a slower pace of life.



A little background to Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross London

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Opened in October 2018, Coal Drops Yard is part of the wider redevelopment of Kings Cross area in Central London offering high-end shopping and dining experiences. Home to a wonderful mix of independent shops and signature brands from both home and abroad, visiting Coal Drops Yard is an experience in itself. Seeing how beautiful it is today, you would never know that this area was once used as warehouses for storing coal, colonised by a nightclub and formed part of derelict London branded by prostitution and drug-dealing.

Built in 1850, the two long Victorian warehouses has attached train viaducts. The two-storey brick and cast-iron sheds were used to receive and store coal for London from South Yorkshire, North of England. About 8 million tonnes were transported each year, trans-shipped via the Regent’s Canal and horse-drawn carts to heat homes and businesses in the City of London. As coal usage declined, the warehouses were adapted for light industry and storage. There was a nightclub here as well, Bagley’s which was closed in 2007. Eventually, the area fell into disuse by the late 1990s.

Coal Drops Yard at Christmas
The design by Thomas Heatherwick | Photo: Luke Hayes, architectmagazine.com

The redevelopment was designed by Thomas Heatherwick to a clean, prosperous, managed area and opening the area up to the public, linking the long viaducts and the space between them for people to enjoy. While adapting the space to modern use, the historic significance of the Victorian viaducts and cobbled streets are respected.



Practical Information for Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London

Location:

Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ

Opening hours

Coal Drops Yard is open to visitors between 10am-11pm. Please check individual retailer pages for opening hours and information.

How to get to Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London

As it is in the heart of the City of London, the most convenient way to reach Coal Drops Yard is by public transport to Kings Cross Station or St Pancras Station. At Kings Cross Station, access via King’s Boulevard or King’s Cross Square – follow signs for Regent’s Canal, cross the bridge over the canal, and Coal Drops Yard is on the left, just off Granary Square.

Places to Stay near Kings Cross London

As Kings Cross is in the heart of London, there are many possibilities for accommodation. From budget, mid-range apartments to luxurious 5-star accommodation near Kings Cross London. If you are considering a stay at a beautiful affordable reputable hotel, I would recommend staying at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington. or the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington

Firstly, Copthorne Tara Hotel Kensington is a 4-star rated accommodation and offers easy access to transportation at High Street Kensington. You could dine on site for a modern British and European cuisine – but why would you when you can get to Coal Drops Yard in an easy taxi ride or by the London Underground to Kings Cross.

Secondly, the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington is also a 4-star rated accommodation set against fashionable South Kensington, with easy access to Victoria Albert Museum, Hyde Park and Gloucester Road tube station. Staying here will also give you easy access to Coal Drops Yard and surrounds of Kings Cross.

The Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Group offer run seasonal campaigns and offer discounts for their members as well which may be something of value to you if you are considering travels and enjoying their hospitality at your selected destinations. Use the link below and search for your stay.

For a greater selection of accommodation to suit every budget, including self-catered apartments, long-stay, family vacation, look-up booking dot com who are my go-to search engine for good quality places to stay.


Activities to do when in London

London is a grand city that has quirky, and extraordinarily memorable activities to fulfill every wanderlust. From traditional sightseeing landmarks such as the St Paul’s Cathedral, or visiting a Monument dedicated to the resilience of Londoners to fun rooftop bars and climbing The O2 – your visit to the City of London will not disappoint. In addition, there are so many choices to experience a little of the English countryside on a day trip from London. Highly recommended are visits to the Roman Baths and a visit to Somerset to experience the ancient architectural marvel as well as the Lake District.

For an extraordinarily special experience when visiting London, enjoy a trip on 1st class and go on a scenic train journey. Learn more about train tickets and choices you have from Trainline and FirstTranspennine Express.

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My thoughts…

A visit to Coal Drops Yard at Christmas or at any time of the year and you will find that it is a place of culture, food and great vibes with so many choices to satisfy one’s gastronomic cravings with a great combination of boutiques, restaurants, coffee bars and plenty of outdoor spaces. Both Granary Square and Regent’s Canal are great for people watch or to read a book. Coal Drops Yard is a destinations that should top your list when in London.


Have you visited Coal Drops Yard? If you have, please do share your experiences in comments below. If you are yet to, was this article valuable to you in planning your visit to Coal Drops Yard? If so, let me know in comments below. Would love to hear from you. As always, I am available to answer any questions you may have. Please get in touch via Contact Form or ggdaniel166@gmail.com. Look forward to connecting with each of you.

Have a splendid time at Coal drops Yard at Christmas or at any time you choose to visit this hidden gem in London.

Georgina xx

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