3 ways to learn about London at Christmas
Learn about Christmas Past
If you want to see how people used to celebrate Christmas, head for the Geffrye Museum. These beautiful almshouses just east of The City make up the ‘museum of the home’ and each year the period rooms are dressed up for Christmas just as they would have been when the rooms were first built. This creates a fascinating timeline of ‘Christmas through the ages’, in the English home. The museum also offers festive family activities, a cafe and a beautiful shop. Entrance is FREE!
Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road E2 8EA.
Experience Christmas Present
A walk around ‘posh London’ at Christmas time, especially after dark when all the lights are twinkling, is a really beautiful stroll. Burlington Arcade, off Piccadilly, is the longest and oldest arcade in the UK. It was built nearly 200 years ago, in 1819, and it looks as if it has sprung straight from a story book! Beautiful shop windows, fabulous decorations, with red carpet from beginning to end make this a magical arcade.
The family carol service at St Paul’s Cathedral lasts for 45mins, and it is a wonderful opportunity for you to sing and listen to carols in one of London’s most beautiful churches.
Step Outside Guides’ ‘Christmas in London’ offers a cost-free family day exploring the capital. Starting and finishing at tube stations, the book guides you on a festive discovery trail, complete with stickers, enjoying London’s seasonal highlights and showing you all sorts of festive surprises. Written so that children can be in the driving seat, Step Outside Guides cost £5 each and are available for next day delivery from stepoutsideguides.com, Amazon and selected book shops and museum shops.