Christmas in London

There are mince pies in the shops and decorations are going up all over town – it can only mean one thing – Christmas is coming and City Countdown just can’t wait! Here’s our guide to the events we think you’ll love this Christmas in London.

The Peter Pan Cup 2019

This is one for the brave or foolhardy amongst you. This annual Christmas day swim pits man against the elements as members of the Serpentine Swimming Club take to the frequently freezing waters of Ha...

New Year's Eve Fireworks in London

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in London

This is the big one. What better way to see in the new year than at this big central London bash? The event is organised on behalf of the Mayor of London’s office with the annual event having a well d...

Regent's Street Lights

Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch On

There is something so classy about Regent Street. Whether it be the architecture, the proximity to Saville Row, or the high end retailers clamouring to join the neighbourhood, Regent Street has always...

Ideal Home Show Christmas

The Ideal Home Show Christmas

The Idea Home Show Christmas is everything you could ever want or need for your home under one roof. This Christmas edition of the popular exhibition adds a range of festive add ons to the show. There...

Covent Garden Christmas Lights

The Dickens Christmas Day Walk

If you are looking for a way of working off that extra helping of Christmas pudding or you are a stranger to these shores looking for something to do on what is traditionally London’s quietest day, th...

A couple enjoy the Kingston Christmas market

Kingston Christmas Market

If you head down to Kingston Town centre this festive season, you’ll discover that the South West London town has had a festive makeover to coincide with the opening of its Christmas market...

The Royal Festival Hall New Year’s Eve Party 2018

The Royal Festival Hall New Year’s Eve Party

The Royal Festival Hall is probably my favourite entertainment venue in London. Its calendar of events is second to none and the venue can always be relied upon to put on a fabulous party. For 2019, “...

London New Year’s Day Parade

The London New Year’s Day Parade is now in its 32nd year with over a million people lining the streets of central London to see the 2018 event. The parade has been growing in size and significance sin...

Peppa Pig Live

Peppa Pig Live

Superstar of the small screen Peppa Pig returns to the West End this winter with a new show at the Duke of York theatre. This new production marks the tenth successive year that the character has gone...

Gingerbread City

Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City

When I first read about the Museum of Architecture’s Christmas initiative, I must admit that my first thoughts were: wind up. A whole city made of gingerbread?! That had to be too good to be tru...

Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating Rink

Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating Rink

It really says something that Hampton Court was Henry VIII’s favourite home because the Tudor monarch had over sixty palaces to choose from. You will love it too, especially at Christmas when the buil...

Christmas at Leicester Square

Christmas in Leicester Square

A word of warning – if you hate Christmas, then November & December are going to seem particularly long, as the city fills to bursting with festive cheer. There are ice skating rinks popping up al...

The cast of Aladdin at the Hackney Empire

Aladdin at the Hackney Empire

This festive version of the story of Aladdin, produced by the Hackney Empire’s long serving creative team Susie Mckenna and Steve Edis, is sure to offer up a veritable sack load of delights for theatr...

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

The Old Vic’s adaptation of the old Christmas chestnut is admirably winning with Stephen Tompkinson making a satisfyingly woke Scrooge in the 2018 version of the show. Tompkinson, known for roles in s...

Snow at the Southbank Winter Festival

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

Londoners do Christmas in style. Of that, there can be no doubt. There are few cities in the world that could possibly hope to rival the UK capital when it comes to festive events and decorations. Whi...

Ice Skating in London at Skylight, Tobacco Docks

Skylight Rooftop – Ice Skating in London

When it comes to festive ice skating in London, Londoners are truly blessed with a plethora of choices for those who fancy a bit of fun on the ice. There are the big boys, such as Skate at Somerset Ho...

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum – Ice Rinks in London

When it comes to ice rinks in London, the National History Museum’s festive offering is at the top of the pile. There are several views of London during the festive season that absolutely must b...

View of Skate at Somerset House

Skate at Somerset House

London is truly blessed when it comes to festive skating rinks. There’s the magnificent offering at the Natural History Museum, the equally stunning set up at the Tower of London, the enormous rink at...