It doesn’t start feeling festive until we’ve been for our Christmas weekend in London. For us our annual weekend trips to the city are the first start of festive fun and once we’ve been it’s like the floodgates open and we can’t get enough mince pies and Christmas tunes. This year was no different and we had the best Christmas weekend in London which was nicely relaxed but with lots of fun too.
This year we stayed at Rubens at the Palace, the hotel closest to Buckingham Palace and perfect for a festive break with lots of rich interiors and luxurious touches.
We started our weekend with ice skating at the Natural History Museum which is the perfect place to feel the Christmas spirit. As the seasonal tunes played out we took to the ice, taking a few minutes to find our feet and steady the wobbles.
It felt wonderful skating here with the backdrop of the breathtaking Natural History Museum. To me it just signified the start of the Christmas season and none of us wanted to come off the ice when our time was up.
We didn’t stop for hot chocolate but I loved the look of the Hotel Chocolat van and will be putting aside more time for a visit there next time we’re passing!
Then we headed back towards our hotel in Victoria, stopping off at Bill’s for some hot food and to chat. The food was perfectly warming, macaroni cheese with leeks and truffles, fish goujons for the kids and fish finger sandwiches.
I couldn’t resist an espresso martini to really make me feel warm and happy.
In the evening we headed for our annual trip to Harrods. We love visiting at this time of year and their Christmas grotto with Father Christmas is just the best.
We started off with elf training with two brilliant elves who took us through some of the steps to become a secret helper.
Before heading in to see Father Christmas himself who greeted the children by name and knew all about our oldest’s drum lessons and how well our youngest did saying his line in the school play. It was perfectly magical and the children were spellbound. We left with three bags full of chocolate coins, elf badges and a lovely Harrods teddy bear.
We couldn’t resist spending some time looking around Harrods’ toy department which was so much fun with demonstrations going on all across it and every toy imaginable to look at.
After another night at Rubens we had a long, lingering breakfast in the hotel. We had slept really well and it felt lovely to sit and enjoy the food with the children digging in to big plates of waffles and pancakes.
As it was such a beautiful, sunny weekend we headed out again. We loved exploring the streets of London, wandering around Victoria through to Knightsbridge with houses starting to feature light festooned trees in their windows and colourful wreaths on their doors. The sun shone bright and we felt so happy strolling about.
We stopped off at the Victoria and Albert Museum, browsing through some of the amazing artefacts before stopping in the gift shop for some Christmas decorations to take home and some beautiful prints as presents.
Then we were back to Rubens at the Palace for a fantastic Festive Afternoon Tea. With plates heaving under sandwiches, scones and cakes including some amazing mulled wine macarons, it was the perfect treat to sip jasmine tea and talk about all the fun we’d had in London.
After a quick stop-off at Wholefoods for some festive treats to take home we were ready to head back. Well, I say we were ready, we probably could have stayed another week or two having fun.
London really is the perfect city to get the festive feeling well and truly underway and we love our annual trips there to feel properly ready for the season.
If you’re looking to plan your own Christmas weekend in London (or day trip), check out our top things to do in London with kids this Christmas here.
We were guests of Rubens at the Palace and Bill’s but all opinions are our own.