Conclude 2013 Along The River
Christmas & Boxing day have come to pass, but the festivities continue! London is a buzz with festivals, markets, ice rinks and merry making. There are events happening up and down the Thames this time of year and this is a short guide to what’s on to help to make the season bright! The festive season lives on even after the NYE fireworks!
1. Christmas at Kew Gardens
December 1st– January 4th 2014
For the first time this year, Kew Gardens are opening their doors after dark, showcasing a magical Illuminated Trail though an enchanting winter garden landscape. Explore the mile long walk that winds through the grounds, casting light into hidden places off the beaten track. Linger by the lake, meander though the Mediterranean Garden and wonder into the iconic Palm House drenched in colour.
The Kew Boutique Christmas market, a unique collaboration with taste-makers We Make London and local designers and craft makers, is filled with an assortment of irresistible gifts and tempting treats!
Nearest Tube station: Kew Gardens- District Line then a short walk. Entrance to Kew Gardens £12.50 (adults) £8 5-16 years. Family ticket £38. Under 5’s free.
Visit www.kew/org/christmas for additional details.
2. Ice Skating at the Tower
December 1st– January 5th 2014
London features many ice rinks, but only one is located in a medieval moat a stone throw way from the river. The Tower of London’s ice rink is set within the fortress battlements and is a great night out with the kids or colleagues. The walls are beautifully illuminated after dark and boast views of the Southbank and More London as you make your way around the ice.
Beside the rink, the Ice Bar & Café provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks.
It is open every day from 10am to 10pm.
Nearest Tube station: Tower Hill
3. NYE Fireworks from the London Eye
As the clock strikes 12, Big Ben’s famous ‘bongs’ will be greeted with the UK’s biggest annual fireworks display. The magnificent show is set to a specially created musical soundtrack. Once the fireworks come to an end, join together with friends and strangers alike for a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. The celebrations carry on until 12:45am with a live DJ set. Stay to the end and you’ll find it easier getting out of the viewing areas for your journey home. See the full list of road, bridge, station, tube line closures and plan your journey with TLF: http://www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/new-years-eve-2013
Nearest Tube stations: Westminster, Embankment, Waterloo
Wish you a happy and safe end of 2013 and a joyous start to 2014!