5 Alternative Christmas Experiences to Explore in London


Venture off the beaten path this Christmas season in London as it brims with a plethora of quirky activities and tours with a twist. Read on for inspiration and plan a memorable holiday in the capital city!

Take a Historic Guided Walk Around London

Take a guided walk to explore the incredible historic side of London with the Samuel Pepys London Walk. Journey into the past as you walk along the footsteps of one of the most celebrated diarists in Britain, Samuel Pepys. The engaging walking tour starts at the exit of the Tower Hill underground station, where you can meet your knowledgeable guide. The immersive 90-minute tour is led by Susan Baker with an in-depth knowledge of London’s rich history.

Reserve an extravagant stay at The Montcalm London City at The Brewery Hotel, nestled in the heart of the city and time travel to see London’s iconic locations on this thoughtfully planned route. Uncover pivotal moments of the capital city’s history including the catastrophic Great Fire of London, the restoration of the monarchy and historical anecdotes that paint a vivid 17th century London picture.

The Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race in Serpentine Lido 

A long-standing and world-renowned sporty Christmas Day celebration in London is a 100-yard swimming race in Hyde Park. Every year, members of the Serpentine Swimming Club (the oldest swimming club) in London, dive into the chilly waters of the Serpentine Lido and race for the Peter Pan Cup. The incredible race commences at 9 am sharp on Christmas Day and attracts spectators from all walks of life to get a view and enjoy. The race is free to watch so start your day with a hearty meal at the Montcalm restaurant and be part of a truly unique traditional event this Christmas in London.

Christmas Day Hop-on and Hop-off Bus Tour 

There’s certainly no better way to spend Christmas in London than taking a hop-on hop-off open bus tour. Even though public transport is not running on Christmas Day, take the once-in-a-year opportunity to see the capital city from a new perspective. You can even take the time to leisurely explore at your own pace as you hop off at your choice of location near some of the best family hotels in London.

See legendary locations like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and more. The best part is that you can also a three-course Christmas Day sumptuous lunch to your tour if you prefer!

Go Ice Skating

Ice Skating is extremely popular in London and several amazing pop-up ice rinks around the capital are sure to brighten up your day with thrill and joy. The JW3 ice rink in Hampstead is a 200-metre square outdoor rink that remains open even on Christmas Day. Find time to test your skating skills and soak in the festive vibes at this incredible ice rink under glimmering lights. If you’re travelling with kids, penguin aids are also available for kids to enjoy their time and have fun! The vibrant music in the backdrop adds to the fun atmosphere so head to the JW3 ice rink as it is open until 6th January’24.

Follow a Cycling Route 

Follow through a National Cycle Network route that takes you around London along the River Thames and covers the most fascinating tourist attractions. You can also opt for the Tower of London’s The Mall Loop, which is an easy bike ride, perfect for cyclists of all levels. It will take you past some of London’s most popular landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben, the Tower of London, and Hyde Park for a great adventurous day!

Plan the perfect holiday trip as you book the Montcalm Club double room for a stay with family or a group of friends! Make the most of the modern amenities and comfort as you have a great time exploring a new side of the city this Christmas!