Leicester Square is one of London’s most well-known destinations, but it has taken on a whole new atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas. There’s so much going on in this part of the capital, you’ll be able to fill a whole day easily, so hire a coach and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.
It used to just be distant European cities that threw proper Christmas markets, but the tradition has now been well and truly adopted in the UK. Whether you’re on the lookout for a particular present for someone, hoping to enjoy the wide range of food and drink or just keen to soak up the festive atmosphere, Leicester Square’s Christmas market offers it all.
Those with little ones will certainly not want to miss out on the opportunity to visit Santa in his grotto. Meet the jolly man in red, receive a present and listen to a festive fairytale in the wonderful surroundings. Just be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Now that’s a good word, isn’t it?! Leicester Square’s very own Speigeltent is part of a tradition that dates back to the 1920s, when these large tents were erected and decorated with mirrors and stained glass windows. It’s the perfect setting for some fantastic entertainment, with all sorts of shows on offer, meaning there’s something to suit everyone.
The headline act is Briefs: Close Encounters, featuring an all-male burlesque troupe; there’s a Cabaret Christmas Carol from Glamonster; and the ever-popular Austentatious will take visitors on an improvised tour of the world of Jane Austen.
Younger members of your party will enjoy the high-energy antics from Brat Kids Carnival and the Showstoppers’ Christmas Kids Show, where Hermione Granger meets Batman at the North Pole. It’s a great chance to choose something different to the usual panto at this time of year.
Meanwhile, there’s Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco and The Silent Disco Show for anyone who wants to dance. And at this time of year, who doesn’t?!
Christmas in Leicester Square is open from 12pm to 10pm during the week and between 10am and 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Individual elements are priced separately and purchasing tickets before travelling is advised.
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