London's shopping streets are decorated with sparkling Christmas lights, and the stores are full of gift hunters finishing off their Christmas shopping.
December in London
The seasonal nostalgia continues in Trafalgar Square, where the capital’s biggest Christmas tree, donated each year as a gift from the city of Oslo, with another winter highlight being the outdoor ice-skating rinks that pop up across the capital such as the Tower of London, Somerset House and the Natural History Museum.
Little ones will be in awe of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, a feast of festive fun with ice-skating, a Ferris wheel, stalls brimming with toys and sweets and, of course, Santa's grotto.
Even on Christmas Day, London offers a must-see event: the Peter Pan Cup. Not just any normal swimming race, it sees hardy members of the Serpentine Swimming Club compete in the icy waters of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
If you're lucky enough to be in London over New Year's Eve, don't miss the incredible fireworks display from the river Thames and London Eye. There really is no better way to see in the New Year.