Top 50 festive things to do only in the West End of London this Christmas

Thursday, 25th November 2021, 11:07 am
Updated Thursday, 25th November 2021, 11:08 am
Top 50 things to do in the West End this Christmas

The West End is the scene of the biggest lights switch-on in the world with more than one million LED bulbs dazzling shoppers, but there's so much more to see and do.

You could give yourself a festive treat with family and friends with a trip to the capital's entertainment mecca this Christmas.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the greatest city in the world andI’m thrilled that this year the West End is hosting the largest Christmas lights switch-on everseen.

"From our world-class shops, attractions, arts, and culture to our incredible bars andrestaurants - all of which will be sparkling under more than a million lights – there is somuch to see and do this festive season.

"With just six weeks to go until Christmas, I’m urging Londoners and visitors to enjoy the best our capital has to offer, see the amazing lights and support our hospitality industry to continue to bounce back.

"My message to Londoners and tourists from all over the UK and the world is, Let’s Do Christmas in London!”

London's West End, as the Christmas lights are switched-on across the whole district (photo: David Parry/PA Wire)

Here we give you ideas on what's hot in the West End and the 50 top things there.

The top 50 things to do Only in the West End this Christmas:

1. Find the perfect present at the oldest toy store in the world, Hamleys

2. Snap a selfie at Bond Street’s iconic Christmas Tree

3. Experience the world’s first Bollinger 007 Champagne Bar, in BurlingtonArcade

4. Experience Afternoon Tea at The Ritz London: An iconic,quintessentially English experience

5. Celebrate icons from a century of cinema and entertainment with aninteractive statue trail at Scenes in the Square in London’s home of filmand entertainment, Leicester Square

6. Visit Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews, expect everything fromsustainably grown Christmas trees, the perfect festive gifts, an impressiveHelter Skelter, performances from Santa and his friends and the capital’sgreatest street food.

Visitors can also visit their pre-loved toy pop-up,selling everything from antique teddies to board games, all part of the store’sProject Earth commitment

7. Book yourself in for a personal shopping experience like no other at MatchesFashion in Carlos Place

8. Shop at the iconic heritage listed department store, Liberty London

9. Enjoy a matinee or evening theatre performance on London’s West End

10. Visit Hatchards, the oldest book store in the world

11. Enjoy a magical Christmas tradition for the whole family at the EnglishNational Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The London Coliseum

12. Visit the Princes Arcade to find a beautiful collection of boutiques under oneroof, connecting Piccadilly with the iconic Jermyn Street

13. Get all of your Christmas cards and thank you notes from Mount StreetPrinters

14. Visit Flannels on Oxford Street this season as an incredible line up of artiststransform the stores exterior

15. Visit an exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts including Light Lines:The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet at The Royal Academy

16. Pamper yourself with one of the many spa treatments available at Dr BarbaraSturm on Mount Street

17. Find the perfect gift at Burberry’s flagship store on Regent Street

18. Discover seasonal and sustainable award winning food at Fallow, the latestopening in St James’s Market

19. Discover Bottletop on Regent Street, the world’s first zero waste store andfind accessories from the finest sustainably sourced materials

20. Take a trip to the John Lewis Christmas Shop on Oxford Street

21. Celebrate your lost loved ones at the magical Ever After Garden inGrosvenor Square

22. Tech lovers can head to the Microsoft Experience Centre on Regent Street

23. Visit Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street for their legendary tieredChristmas Cheese Cake featuring four classic Christmas artisan cheeses

24. Discover what Tatler called ‘London’s Best steak Restaurant’ at The ColonyGrill Room at The Beaumont

25. Meet your favourite Disney characters at The Disney Store on Oxford Street

26. Discover Bond Street's best kept secret, Boodles Brasserie as it returns totheir store this Christmas

27. Indulge in some sweet treats at The Connaught Patisserie

28. Enjoy a winter favourite at Whitcomb’s at The Londoner, the hotel’sFrench Mediterranean restaurant

29. Step onto Christmas on Oxford and Bond Street this year with the first-everimmersive AR festive trail, look out for QR codes dotted along the street todiscover Festive Magic from this pocket concierge

30. Enjoy light, all day dining with snacks and high tea at the dazzling Palm Court,famed as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition at The Langham

31. The first of it’s kind in the UK, visit the new and unique restaurant, AvocadoShow on Princes Street

32. Experience the first fully immersive DC-inspired gastronomic restaurantexperience found anywhere in the world at Park Row

33. Epitomising the sophistication of Afternoon and High Tea in all its splendour,visit the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason

34. When Two Mayfair Legends Meet, Magic Happens, discover Brown’sHotel’s festive collaboration with Asprey

35. Dine at The Wolseley on London’s iconic Piccadilly

36. Get ready for the festive season at The Dyson Beauty Lab

37. Take the family to the Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly

38. Book a wreath making workshop at McQueens Flowers

39. Book in for a cocktail at No. 39, the new secret bar hidden inside BrownsBrook Street

40. Visit Claridge’s famous Christmas tree and enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea

41. Discover Mayfair’s latest restaurant and enjoy incredible Indian cuisine atBiBi

42. Visit the David Bowie experiential pop up on Heddon Street in honour ofthe musician’s 75th birthday

43. Enjoy an evening of Jazz, every night through December at Mercato Mayfair

44. Discover unique and luxurious coffee books & cocktails at MaisonAssouline, a hidden bar on Piccadilly

45. Discover a hidden sanctuary housing a 18m pool, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi,gym, studios and lounge bar at Akasha

46. Immerse yourself in the Ralph Lauren lifestyle, with a coffee break at Ralph’s,the flagship's cafe at No1, New Bond Street

47. Visit an exhibition at The National Gallery

48. Book yourself in for a Christmas burlesque dance class at Danceworks

49. Enjoy Sonic Bloom, the latest art installation by Yuri Suzuki in Brown HartGardens

50. Visit Lush to experience their Personalisation Station and customise productsfrom their most popular Snow Fairy range and choose from a selection ofreusable knot wraps designs to complete the perfect gift