It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialised side of Christmas with shopping and spending lots of money, but it’s also important to spend time with family and friends. Head to London this festive season for something a little bit different and remember the true spirit of the season. You never know, you might even start a new tradition.
Great Christmas Pudding Race
Seeing everyone from Santa to Wonder Woman running through the streets of Covent Garden trying not to drop their Christmas pudding is quite a sight indeed. Now in its 37th year, the Great Christmas Pudding Race is lots of fun to watch and take part in.
Grab your friends and family, a fun costume and work your way round the obstacle course while balancing a festive pud on a tray. The winner gets a trophy and all proceeds go to Cancer Research UK.
Head down to Covent Garden on December 2nd.
Christmas Lights Bike Tour
Going to London to see the Christmas lights is not particularly unusual at this time of year, but doing it on two wheels is slightly more obscure. Cycling enthusiasts can spend a happy three hours on a tour of the best lighting installations the capital has to offer.
Pedal down Bond Street and Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby, past Christmas markets and some of London’s most iconic sights.
Set off from the headquarters of The London Bicycle Tour Company on the Southbank between November 17th and January 6th.
Satanic Flea Market – Anti Christmas Fayre
Some things are inescapable, like Christmas shopping, but you don’t have to do it surrounded by six-foot tall Christmas trees and the unmistakable sound of festive tunes. Instead, stock up on all things goth-related and get your tarot cards read.
One element of the season that has been retained, however, is the mulled wine, so you can still enjoy the biggest redeeming feature.
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club will be decidedly unChristmassy from 12 noon on December 10th.
Travelling to London for a Christmas day out
There’s enough stress about in the run-up to Christmas, so make a day trip to the capital as relaxed as possible by hiring a coach. Not only will you not have to worry about driving, parking or delayed trains, you can travel in comfort, knowing there’s space for everyone and any souvenirs you bring back with you.