London at Christmas0
There are so many things to do in London, it is tough to know what to do first! At Les Routiers we have sifted through the thousands of events and have cherry picked the must see attractions to help guide your very own Christmas journey to the big City.
Just in time for Christmas, the Chocolate Festival will arrive at the Southbank Centre from the 13th – 15th of December, and is a must for lovers of all things sweet and chocolaty. This wonderful product derived from the simple cocoa bean has been used for years by master chocolatiers to create amazing masterpieces.Get involved in the chocolate making workshops – or if you don’t want to get your hands covered in the good stuff why not watch some the world’s best chocolatiers – such as Paul A. Young, William Curley and Bill Mccarrick, demonstrating their talents by whipping up special delights – fear not there will be a sample platter! The chocolate festival should feel like seventh heaven to chocoholics, with inspiration for how to incorporate chocolate into a wider range of dishes, as well as stalls stocking everything from hot chocolate, chocolate cocktails and even a chocolate fountain – there is even savoury chocolate dishes! It’s free to attend and with a dizzying range of chocolate products on offer, the festival should give you some fresh ideas on how to celebrate Christmas 2013!
The funfair factor of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has stretched to maximum capacity for 2013 – rides are scattered all across the site, with four big roller coasters, gentle kiddie rides and some vomit-inducing spinning machines! The Wilde Maus XXL is worth the sick induced sensation! It is huge, and offers a lengthy, fast-paced ride. Take a ride on Ice Mountain – a coaster which has been ‘specially built’ for Winter Wonderland! Other attractions at Hyde Park’s annual sparkly Christmassy addition include a beautifully light giant observation Wheel and two circuses – ‘Christmas Circus’ and ‘Cirque Berserk’ – from the family-friendly Zippos Circus. Winter Wonderland’s ice rink, is the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, which surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights!
There is so much to do at Winter Wonderland it’s hard to fit it all into one trip – the Magical Ice Kingdom this year is doubled in size, with even more snow and ice sculptures! Explore the ice village, ride an ice swan, or join in a fairy-tale adventure with trolls, knights, a castle with a scary dungeon, and of course the ever popular ice slide! Most of these activities are ticketed, but it’s free entry to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, including the child-friendly Santa Land and the Christmas Market, Which are also a free pass! If you’re skating, be aware that, while there’s no minimum age for skaters, under-12s must be accompanied by someone 16 or over. Wheelchair users are welcome on the ice. There are also ice guides who can look after groups of up to 15 skaters at a time. Prices for the magical Ice kingdom are: peak £9 children, £28 family. Skating: peak £14.50, children (12 and under) £9.50, family £38; off-peak £10.50/£9.50/£8.50/£34.
After all these festivities enjoy a quirky, relaxing experience at the Troubadour, winner of the Les Routiers 2014 Café of the Year award. Expect to be greeted by friendly and professional staff in the unique, bohemian style eatery. Established in the 1950s, The Troubadour is steeped with history – it’s even a place where Bob Dylan’s first London performance took place! The café offers a superb range of wholesome food, all cooked fresh onsite. Open from 9.00am to midnight – so there is plenty of time not to rush your meal. If you fancy a bit more action to your night, downstairs there is the house Club which provides entertainment most nights during the week, from Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk and even poetry recitals.
Wine is a great passion at The Troubadour with their own Wine retail outlet ‘Troubadour Wines’ situated next to the café. Excite your palette with a night of Wine tasting, which are held on a regular basis throughout the week and are run by their in-house expert who will informally and unpretentiously guide you through The Troubadour’s wine selection. If you are travelling far to visit London, then The Troubadour has you covered with their top floor luxury suite that includes a kitchenette, Free Wi-Fi connection and room service! A truly peaceful haven and comfortable environment away from the hustle and bustle of the café. The Troubadour offers just about everything under one roof – a place you must visit! And if you visit over the next December the Troubadour are currently running a special offer – Book 2 nights at the Troubadour Garret and get the third for half price!
With plenty of events and festivities happening across London you can be sure to create extra special memories, so make Christmas 2013 the most captivating one yet and visit our great capital.