The South Bank is fairy-lit and lovely all year round, but it’s a particularly good spot if you want to avoid the hectic hordes of central London high street shopping for something with a lot more charm. Peruse stalls at the riverside Christmas market, with the scent of mulled wine filling the air.
It’s not all about festive shopping though, the Winter Festival lasts well into January, with plenty of free events to keep you entertained, and ward off the cold.
Adults can enjoy a Queer comedy from The LOL Word, festive drag acts, live music nights and a new-years bash to remember. Those with kids may want to head to see Black Beauty instead. Performances by Circus 1903 (puppet animals only, don’t worry) will keep them entertained and the immersive Soundpit is a good way to get kids thinking creatively about sound, texture and the world around them.