8 Quirky Ideas to Experience at Christmas in London

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8 Quirky Experiences at Christmas in London

Christmas is all about traditions. Everywhere you go in this grand city of London, there is the dazzling of Christmas lights and Christmas trees. Store-fronts are specially decorated for the season, adding to the festive cheer. The ice-skating rinks are special as well as the Christmas Lights Trail at Kew. Let’s not forget the Christmas Markets that pops-up at this time, offering unique gifts for loved ones along with mulled wine, mince pies and roasted chestnuts. The Christmas traditions in the City of London is so beautiful that the festive cheer must be experienced at least once.

Alongside these age-old traditions, there are some new quirky and fun activities emerging and may well develop into a holiday tradition, where a visit to one or more of its destinations will be on a Christmas visit list. If you are contemplating something different, unique to do during the holidays, here is a shortlist of quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London which you may wish to explore.

Follow latest UK Government regulations and guidelines on Covid-19 while exploring London. Remember always to stay safe and act responsibly.

Quirky Ideas to Experience at Christmas in London

With so many quirky and fun activities to do in London, the 8 listed here are by no means an exhaustive list but it is worth exploring.

1 | Backyard Cinema | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

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.

Find out more > backyardcinema


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quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London

2 | The Great Christmas Feast | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

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.


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.

Visit > neverland-winterland to learn more and book your experience


4 | The Piano Works | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

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.

Find out more about Dinner & Brunch parties at The Piano Works


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.

For an evening to remember > Archipelago Restaurant


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6 | Invisible City | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

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.

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.

Harry Potter Tour from Kings X
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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.

London by Night Open Top Bus Tour


Have you experienced any quirky and fun activities in London which you may want to share? I would love to know your story or stories. Please share in the Comments below.

Have a splendid Christmas and stay safe.


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8 Quirky Ideas to Experience at Christmas in London first published at timelesstravelsteps.com and is regularly updated. Last update October 13, 2021

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Looking for something different and special to do this Christmas in London? Here is a list of 8 quirky ideas to absolutely try alongside the age-old Christmas traditions of dazzling lights | Christmas in London | London at Christmas | Christmas 2020 | Quirky things to do at Christmas | Fun things to do at Christmas via @GGeorgina_timelesstravelsteps/
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By Georgina

Georgina is a Travel Blogger, Travel Writer, history buff, wine (red) enthusiast and a lover of all cultures. She gave up the corporate race to embrace a more meaningful lifestyle to travel more, to write and to share the very best of her adventures. Georgina has lived in three continents, and now, based at a stone's throw of London, which is her home. She has a special interest to bring the best of Britain to her audiences worldwide. Becoming newer from each travel, Georgina enjoys sharing her travel stories, drawing her readers into her world of boomer adventures while immersing them in the history, culture and food of a region. Together with her own informative, in-depth writing style, practical tips and suggestions on her blog, Timeless Travel Steps, Georgina make travel dreams a reality. She is happiest waking up to the chirpy sounds of the birds or sipping wine over sand in between her toes, while watching the rolling clouds melt into darkness.

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  1. These blogs on London are almost quite addictive. You know I love London, especially for photography away from the obvious tourists sites and your writing and detail keep me constantly amending a trip to see something different or more often planning another trip. London Tourist Board really should abandon what they publish and just use your blogs. They are informative with detail and so uplifting not least at these times.

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