Kick off the Christmas season by visiting the Southbank Centre Winter Festival running from 5th November through to 11th January 2015. Enjoy the Christmas Market and get lost in the Christmas Tree Maze whilst listening to the festive singing in the area or watching some of the Christmas shows.
Grab a bite to eat nearby at the Real Food Market, which runs through to the 22nd March 2015. Sample international dishes among the 40 food and drink producers, who also offer local brews and craft beers, ales and seasonal produce directly to the public. Should you choose the Palm Hotel, amongst the most admired Best Western hotels in London, you can be assured of excellent public transport connections, which will take you straight into Central London by bus or the tube in no time.
Why not take the family to Disney on Ice which Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the O2 Arena on Christmas Eve as well as on Sunday, January 4 2015? Here 60 beloved Disney characters from 18 unforgettable stories, including the Lion King, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, come to life with a stunning skating production filled with magic Disney moments and backed by classic Disney film music – a treat especially for your children.
And if you’re keen to go ice-skating yourself afterwards, do try one or more of the numerous ice-rinks around London.
Another great outing is definitely the New Year’s Day Parade. Spend the first day of the year watching over 10,000 performers assemble in the heart of the city for a colourful celebration.
London will be positively buzzing in January, once the holidays are over. Check out the London Boat Show at ExCeL running from 9th January 2015 to 18 January 2015, an action-packed day showcasing more than 500 exhibitors and best in watersports equipment and boating. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned boater or if you are a first-timer. There’s something here for everyone.
For those more culturally interested, visit the London Short Film Festival also running between the 9th and 18th January. Film fans will get to see some of the best cutting-edge UK independent filmmakers’ productions. Make sure to stay for a wide range of talks and discussion to learn more about the film industry and the making of movies. After a good entertainment and interesting learning, you can always grab dinner at the onsite family restaurant at the Palm Hotel, one of the luxurious yet affordable Best Western hotels in London.
Then, of course, there is the London Art Fair 2015, 21st to 25th January 2015, taking place at the Business Design Centre. Covering roughly the last hundred years of art-making, you will find everything from photography to sculpture, and from paintings to ceramics.
If you are a fan of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns, you will want to celebrate his birthday on the 25th January and check out some of the fantastic events around Burns night in London.
Everyone staying in one of the hotels in North London towards the end of winter, will get to experience how truly multi-cultural this magnificent city is. The largest outside of Asia, London’s Chinese New Year 2015 culminates in a lively parade and a main stage at Trafalgar Square on the 22nd February. London’s Chinatown will be the place to be and from Palm Hotel, one of the most accessibly located Best Western hotels in London, you will have an easy walk to Golders Green tube station and only a 20-minute ride to Leicester Square.
Just before London welcomes spring, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around 17th March. Enjoy the parade and the free festival at Trafalgar Square on the 15th March and be sure to have one or more traditional Irish drinks at one of the many pubs and bars around London. Don’t forget to wear something green or suffer the consequences.