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Four unmissable London highlights made for colder nights

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While the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, there’s still reason for glee as London has so many amazing things to offer. With Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas on the horizon, there is just so much to see and do. Whether you’re there for a day or there for the entire weekend, you’re sure to have an amazing time.

Winter Wonderland

Who doesn’t love a Christmas market? Santa Claus, candy canes, mulled wine; Winter Wonderland offers the best of it all. Watch world-class skaters in a moving performance of Paddington on Ice, embark on an epic journey of Christmas past, present and future in the Magical Ice Kingdom, and skate to live music on the Winter Wonderland ice rink – the largest in the UK. London’s spectacular Christmas destination offers fun for the whole family and is truly unmissable.

Bonfire bonanza

Enjoy the rainbows of the dark and marvel at the fiery sparks whipping through the sky. There is a fireworks display at Alexandra Palace, compete with a German Beer Festival, live music, ice skating and Luna cinema. And over at Wembley Park, Diwali and Bonfire night come together for a huge celebration of light with funfair rides, street food and a carnival parade; there is so much to see and enjoy – the cold nights are far from gloom and doom.

Scout Park is offering a family-friendly fireworks display, suitable for toddlers and those with autism; a truly amazing initiative. Plus, there’s a range of food stalls and games for little ones, including marshmallow toasting, bonfire style! For those living outside of the UK, Bonfire Night is a strange concept, but it’s a tradition that’s going strong and there’s no better place to celebrate it than London.

Christmas lights

Throw it right back and explore the many Christmas lights displays the capital has to offer. Certainly, one of the coolest is Carnaby Christmas – lights with a fantastic underwater-themed display featuring an array of ocean-inspired decorations, including glittering sea creatures and a bubble-blowing whale. 

Moreover, Carnaby’s 14 streets are plentiful with independent boutiques, perfect for Christmas shopping. The lively switch-on party is pencilled in for the 7th of November, with live music and entertainment on show. Plus, the nearby bars and restaurants offer exclusive promotions for those attending.

Time for a tipple 

What better way to warm up than with an espresso martini or two? Having served over 20,000 of this popular beverage in the past, this nomadic Espresso Martini Society has returned with an amazing festive menu. Sample their bottomless menu and enjoy the Christmas twists on the classic cocktail, including The Gingerbread Man and the Ferrero Roche. 

Dorsett Hotel, City of London is located in the heart of the capital, and a short tube ride away from each of these unmissable highlights. The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on so get to the capital and make the most of these colder nights.

 

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