There are lots to do in London during Christmas. You can take in the lights in the city’s numerous shopping districts; you could pay a visit to Father Christmas, attend a church service, shop the Christmas markets, or have fun at Winter Wonderland. Of course, for these more traditional events, there are some unique and odd things you can do in the city during the holidays. From interesting places for a drink to a very silly competition, we’ve identified five unusual ways you can spend the holiday in London and make your Christmas more memorable.
Silent Disco Christmas Party
You might wonder how you can have a dance party without music, but that’s not what the “silent” part of the silent disco is about. Instead of music blaring over a boat on the Thames, party-goers wear headphones that transmit the music straight to their ears. Typically held on Thursday, the Silent Disco does Christmas songs on December 6th and 14th this year so you can jingle the night away. Ugly sweater or fancy dress is not required, but we won’t blame you for getting into the holiday spirit.
There’re a few different pop-up bars in London that offer the chance to have your drinks in an igloo during winter, but Jimmy’s Lodge is the best. A restaurant offering a great menu of food and fondue, diners can choose to eat in the lodge building itself or one of the warm igloos along the Thames. There’s also a walk-up street food option for those on the go. Whether you want some warm food, cool drinks, or a memorable experience, you can find all three at this unique venue.
Gingerbread City at the Museum of Architecture
The Museum of Architecture at the Victoria and Albert Museum is worth visiting any time of year, but those who love gingerbread houses will want to go during Christmas to see a miniature version of London, and other famous landmarks all made in the holiday sweet. Some of the world’s greatest architects, designers, and engineers from all over the world contribute to the MoA’s exhibit, which this year has the theme of “Imagining the Future City.” Of course, there’s no eating of these great constructions and the MoA is closed on Christmas Day, so you’ll need to plan your visit accordingly.
Beauty and the Feast Panto
Pantos at Christmastime are plays that can range from traditionally kiddie fare to wildly raucous adult-only shows. Beauty and the Feast offers *adult* patrons a chance to dine and be entertained by NSFW takes on their favorite fairy tales. Held at The Vaults, Fairy Liquid invites the visitors to a feast held at the Beast’s Palace in order to lift the ancient curse that turned him into a monster. The three-hour immersive dining experience rewards ticket holders with a fun night out and a bar that stays open after the show is over.
Great Christmas Pudding Race
One of the odder Christmas traditions in London is the Great Christmas Pudding Race, which is exactly what it sounds like. Now in its 37th year, the Great Christmas Pudding Race sees teams of racers in fancy dress navigate the relay-style obstacle course while balancing a Christmas pudding on a tray. Most teams participate as a means of raising money for the charity of their choice. Whether you plan to get a team together or just sit back and watch, it is definitely an unforgettable way to ring in the holiday. This year’s race will be on December 8th, so whatever you decide to do, make your plans quickly.