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A guide to Christmas in London

Whether you are drawn to the traditional festivities or seeking something else, London during Christmas offers a diverse array of experiences. There is something for everyone to relish, so make sure to enjoy the festive magic spread across London’s streets, parks, and venues. We’ve put together a few things you can do, as well as some important transport information.

Christmas films

Cinema’s across London always go all out for Christmas. Famously according to tradition, Prince Charles Cinema will be screening some all-time favourites such as: It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, and Scrooged. Here’s a more detailed guide to where you can watch a Christmas film in London.


Get in the festive spirit with the best Christmas carols and concerts London has to offer this festive season. Don't miss the chance to attend the Carols by Candlelight concerts in historic venues like St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey.


Mulled wine is scattered at some of the many charming pubs scattered across the city. Don’t forget to sample mince pies, Christmas pudding, and hearty roasts, embracing the flavors that define a traditional British Christmas.

Staying budget friendly

Christmas in London doesn’t have to be expensive, surprisingly. Make the most of free and budget-friendly activities. Seeing the lights and Christmas trees on Oxford Street, listening to Christmas carolling, leisurely strolling around the Christmas markets – they cost nothing yet offer an invaluable chance to get into the Christmas spirit.


Support small businesses and have a fun time strolling around one of London’s many markets. We have put together a list to help you get started:

  • Hay’s Galleria Christmas Market: Located in between London Bridge and Christmas by the River.
  • Christmas by the River: Located in between Tower Bridge and London Bridge.
  • Trafalgar Square Christmas Market
  • Covent Garden’s Christmas Market: Live snow every hour on the hour from now until the 31 December 2023.
  • Selfridges Christmas Market
  • Leicester Square Christmas Market
  • Spitalfields Christmas Market
  • Greenwich Christmas Market
  • Christmas under the Canopy: Kings Cross

Christmas Transport

Don’t forget... whilst London lights up for the Christmas season, it’s important to note that the city gets quiet on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  • Christmas Eve: Services finish early, with no night tube.
  • Christmas Day: No public transportation
  • Between Christmas and New Year’s: All public transport runs altered service like the weekends.
  • New Year’s Eve: Most tube lines run all night (including the DLR) except for the London Overground
  • Buses will run on Sunday service. Note some buses will be on diversion in Central London for the fireworks display.

Food & Beverages

Most restaurants, supermarkets and pubs are closed on Christmas Day.

Most restaurants and pubs in London require a booking for New Year’s Celebrations.

KCLSU wishes you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, and a great New Year. See you back on campus in ... 2024!


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