Category Archives: Christmas in London

Why we love Autumn (And not just because we’re offering 20% off…)

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. Season of mists… Is any season more atmospheric? Shrug up your collar, pull down the brim of your hat and play at Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November, and this is an event with FIRE. Watch fireworks light up the Houses of Parliament, and ask ‘Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?’
  3. They’re everywhere, including on the tracks and cluttering up gardens… But who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves and giving them a good old kick!
  4. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than gazing across the majestic views of the Thames?
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – Autumn is all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy… And shopper’s guilt? Banished – it’s all for other people.
  7. And finally. The climax of London’s Autumn. The best reason to don a coat & gloves. The World’s best Festive Festival… Winter Wonderland reopens on 19th November. Last year it was FREE, and you can walk there from B+B Belgrvia.

So how about it? Gleaming pavements, riverside restaurants, the most exciting city in the world… London is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues.

If you are planning a jaunt from 1st November, book at B+B Belgravia for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your stay. Contact the hotel directly, or book online.

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Christmas in London – B+B Style!

At B+B Belgravia, we are right in the heart of Christmas in London. Just a short walk from Victoria station, and along Ebury Street and you are transported into a Winter Wonderland of independent boutiques, gift shops and high end coffee houses and eateries. What a way to prepare for an indulgent Christmas in style!

The Annual Belgravia Street Party

The Annual Belgravia Street Party

We want to share with you a selection of our favourite Festive events and highlights – a proper London insiders view!

The Window Displays

Without even entering the stores, the displays are fabulous! Here are a few of the most iconic and wonderful Christmas windows in London, each with their own theme to entice you in..

Fortnum & Mason have a Christmas Past theme with scenes of the River Thames frozen over. It was tradition to host great markets and events on the frozen waters and F&M have adorned  their windows with indulgent goodies and gifts all available inside!

Christmas Window Display

F&M Christmas Window Display

Harrods is a must on the Christmas Window Display trail – just take a look at this Land of Make Believe – only Stella McCartney ballerina’s and fairies! Anyone not tempted to go inside the big wide doors must be seriously Bah-Humbug!

Land of Make Believe

Harrods – Land of Make Believe

Ice -skating at The Natural History Museum

A visit to the NHM is a joy in itself – the walls ooze history and secrets. Watching children’s faces light up at the huge dinosaur displays is something for the memory bank for sure! Imagine combining a trip with real ice-skating outside? Well – it’s all possible until January 5th – wrap up warm!…although there is a great cafe for hot chocolate and sticky buns..oh and mulled wine!

Ice Skating with Dinosaurs

Ice Skating with Dinosaurs

Carols at St Pauls Cathedral

After the indulgence and adrenalin of shopping, sight-seeing and mulled wine, take a pause to remember the spiritual significance of Christmas. Regardless of religion or background, this super special event will leave you spell-bound and tingling. Soak in all the magic of this time of year with carol singing and tradition in one of London’s most significant buildings.

..and breathe. St Paul's Cathedral

..and breathe. St Paul’s Cathedral

 

…so there you have our taster of London at Christmas B+B Style! This is just a taster – book your stay, enjoy our WINTER2014 promotional rate and let us help you soak up the best city on the planet this Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR GUESTS – THANK YOU FOR SHARING

Ice skate your way around London’s best attractions

Ice Skating at Somerset House, London

London has taken cues from New York with a growing number of exciting ice-skating rinks appearing around the City. Swirling your partner around the ice locked in a romantic stance, or sliding with style whilst admiring the London scenery are both exciting ways to spend a glamorous London break.

B+B Belgravia’s central location takes time out of the equation when deciding on where to skate first.

 

The Natural History Museum

Taking a sidestep from its usual activities, visitors can skate on a 950 square metre ice rink half the size of a football pitch from 2nd November to the 6th January. It is open 10am until 10pm most days. Ticket prices start at £9.

Book online with Ticketmaster or book in person at the ice rink box office in the museum gardens.

 

Tower of London

Skating is available outside one of London’s most iconic landmarks until the 6th of January 2013. Beefeaters and crows look on as visitors take to the dry moat and show off their skills. Ice guides are available for supervised group skating (£32 per session). Sessions last for one hour, and wheelchairs are welcome except during the last session of the day.

Peak time tickets are £13, off peak tickets cost £11.

 

Somerset House

The grand square outside this cultural landmark is hosting the most glamorous outdoor ice rink this year. Their unique offering comes in the form of ice skating club nights, which are not to be missed. Top DJ’s and artists play whilst crowds dance on the light covered arena. Upcoming performances include the Ministry of sound radio, Joey Negro, DJ Mag, and Lovesick.

Prices increase the later the sessions start with a 1hour 15-minute session at 16:15 costing £12.50. Individual prices are set for each club night.

 

B+B Belgravia has the modern comforts and hearty breakfasts to prepare you for the ice. We also have the comfortable beds and furnishings and to rest your weary legs. It is handy that some of the best shopping districts in the world, such as Harrods, are nearby should you be tired from all the skating.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland hits London

With the festive season approaching, London is preparing to host some of the best winter events in England’s tourist calendar. The Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Festival has an excellent reputation for entertaining groups of friends and families searching for that festive boost in their spirits. Once again, B+B Belgravia is perfectly located to warm your toes after a fantastic evening.

Winter Wonderland Highlights

The festival transforms a large section of Hyde Park near Hyde Park station from the 23rd of November through to the 5th of January, giving you ample chance to experience its myriad of events.

  • Feel the rush of ice-skating in the open air; the ice rink is illuminated by 108,000 Victorian tea-lights for that extra spark of magic.
  • Find unique gifts at the Christmas market.
  • Marvel at the variety of skilled performers at Zippo’s Circus: A highly popular attraction, not just for being heated, which features breath-taking aerobics and illusions.
  • Fill the young ones with anticipation and excitement on a trip to Santa’s Grotto.
  • Refresh and warm up everyone in your group with the tasty Bavarian food and drinks on offer.
  • The Magical Ice Kingdom is a walk-through world of ice and snow where you will encounter woodland creatures and a unicorn-pulled carriage.

Unique festive B+B Belgravia experience 

The morning after such an evening deserves to be complimented with a fine English breakfast in your choice of modern rooms or studio apartments. You are also situated in central London with all of its winter attractions never too far away. Book now at B+B Belgravia and embrace London at this special time of year.

Why London Is Perfect At Christmas

The pretty lights, fancy decorations, anticipation of Santa visiting and excitement of Christmas Day morning all make this a truly magical time of year for children. However, even when you’re all grown up it doesn’t mean that the fun of Christmas has to go. With so much to see and do in London at this time, it’s bound to bring out the festive spirit in anyone.

Every year Hyde Park plays host to one of the most spectacular Christmas events in the UK. Perfect for all ages, Winter Wonderland is the place to find all things merry and joyful. With markets, an ice rink, shows, attractions, activities, rides and plenty of food to go around, this is a day out that will be remembered forever. Visitors can even take a trip to Santa Land where they can tour the workshop, talk to the elves, ride the Santa Express and of course meet the man himself.

If you find yourself near Covent Garden on a Saturday why not head to the Piazza for a spot of Reindeer petting? Alternatively, up until Christmas Eve London Zoo will have their very own Reindeer Lodge. Santa’s furry friends will be taking a daily walk around the zoo and visitors will even be able to pet them while they are in their enclosure.

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Santa’s Grotto and Kew Gardens is one of the top places to do this according to critics. With the chance to meet Santa, ride a carousel, get their face painted, go on mini vintage car rides and take seasonal walks, there is lots to keep the young ones happy.

Of course there is plenty of festive entertainment around London for adults too. With comedy shows, gigs, cabaret and Christmas markets aplenty, even the biggest scrooge would find it hard not to feel merry at this special time of year.