Christmas in London is as evocative as spring in Paris or autumn in New York. London is an amazing city at any time of year but at Christmas the city comes alive with the most incredible events, sights, sounds and shows and is a truly enchanting place to be. This guide to the very best of Christmas in London – brought to you by the experienced staff of the Rathbone, one of the most popular London hotels for Christmas – will give you everything you need to know about spending the festive season in one of the world’s most magical cities.
London – The Perfect Christmas Destination
Whether you’re coming to visit friends or family, on a tourist trip, or you’re looking for a romantic Christmas break in London, the city has everything you could want for the perfect vacation. From world-class restaurants and fascinating museums to upmarket corporate apartments, vibrant pubs, bars and clubs and serene historical sites, London has so much to offer. And when the city is covered in a blanket of snow, it becomes even more idyllic.
For a Hotel in London at Christmas…
…look no further that the Rathbone! There are lots of great four-star hotels for Christmas in London but at the Rathbone, we believe you have everything you could possibly need for the perfect stay.
Just a stone’s throw from the action and one of the closest hotels to Oxford Street, the Rathbone provides the perfect base from which to explore. Ideally located in the quietly tucked-away surroundings of Charlotte Street, the Rathbone offers both easy access to the centre of the city but is neatly set apart from the hustle and bustle, giving you peace and quiet at the end of the day.
Among the most popular four star central London hotels at Christmas, the Rathbone offers an ideal combination of affordability, quality and tranquillity – bringing style, comfort and elegance to your stay without breaking the bank.
Affordable Christmas Hotel Deals from The Rathbone
At the Rathbone, we have a great range of Christmas deals and exclusive offers for your festive stay – simply get in touch today to find the latest special offers. As well as an outstanding price, you’ll also get beautifully appointed rooms and suites, giving you plenty of space in which to relax and unwind. So if you’re looking for a 4 star London hotel at Christmas with style, elegance and the added bonus of a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the Rathbone ticks all the boxes:
- 72 beautifully decorated rooms
- Lifts to all floors
- Free wi-fi if you book direct on our website
- Great discounts at a host of local restaurants and health clubs and spas
- Free continental breakfast
Christmas in London
When you visit London at xmas, not only do you have 2,000 years of fascinating history to get through, there are also some very special events taking place, including the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, ice skating at Somerset House and dozens of markets, pantomimes, treasure hunts and tons and tons of things to do for the whole family. Make sure you check the main listings sites like Time Out and Visit London for all the information you’ll need.
For shopaholics, there are some outstanding bargains to be had in the Christmas sales – as well as the famous department store windows! Each of the department stores along Oxford Street and Regent Street dress their street-facing windows with seasonal or topical displays and, although today it’s seen as nothing more than just glorified marketing, it remains a vital part of what makes London special at Christmas.
Most Londoners are familiar with ‘the windows’ and it was an evocative childhood memory of going up to town, being enchanted by the magical window displays, having something to eat and going home – it has now become something of an art form.
The very concept of the department store isn’t unique to London at all but John Lewis, Fenwick’s, Debenhams and Selfridges are woven into the fabric of the city. They developed in the early part of the 19th century alongside the growth of the post-industrial revolution consumerist society and the early adopters of what we now know as marketing (people like Josiah Wedgewood) understood that they could influence tastes and trends of the day.
Eventually, window shopping became a legitimate leisure activity for society women in Georgian London and these new department stores acted as safe havens for these women, all of whom had disposable income and were treated exquisitely by staff where they could shop unaccompanied without fear of a slight on their reputations!
Just a few short tube stops from the very centre of London is Knightsbridge, home to Harrods, arguably the most famous department store of them all. Around 1850, Charles Henry Harrod moved locations, from a run-down East End grocery store to a corner plot in semi-rural Knightsbridge and from there, the rest is history. Harrods had made the bold claim that they sell everything from a ‘pin to an elephant’ and this claim was famously put to the test by a certain Governor of California called Ronald Reagan. The story goes that in 1967, Reagan called Harrods to see if they actually did sell elephants (the symbol of his Republican Party) and upon asking, the reply came back – ‘would that be African or Indian, sir?’
The Best Christmas Breaks in London at the Rathbone
When you take advantage of one of our Christmas hotel offers in London and book your stay at the Rathbone, the very best of London is right on your doorstep. From your base on Rathbone Street, close to the tranquil surroundings of Charlotte Street and Charlotte Place you are literally minutes away from all this great city has to offer, including some of the best restaurants in the world, hundreds of great pubs, incredible shopping as well as all the famous tourist sites and loads of special events, markets and the famous Christmas lights.
Our staff have an in-depth and detailed knowledge of the city and will be happy to advise you on where to go and what to see. But beware, there’s so much to see and do in London at Christmas that you might need to extend your stay a few more days!
Hotels in London at Christmas – Why Choose the Rathbone?
Christmas is a warm, homely season and at the 4 star Rathbone Hotel, we strive to ensure our festive guests truly enjoy that home-away-from home experience. Our bar is the perfect place to relax with a drink (hot or cold, it’s up to you!) and an idyllic fireplace brings that true feeling of xmas when it’s cold outside!
And when it comes to Christmas hotel deals in London, the Rathbone is hard to beat. Not only do we have a great range of quality rooms and suites, but to complement your stay, we also have a fantastic room service menu as well as a continental or English breakfast, 24h reception desk, in-room tea and coffee, laundry services and a concierge who is on hand to guide you through everything you need to know about xmas in London!
Our spacious, comfortable rooms allow you to relax in style and our range of accommodation options brings you flexibility for any budget. From our single rooms to our stunning two-room suites, you have the space, services and amenities guests expect of a boutique four-star hotel in central London.
So if you’re looking for the best Christmas hotel deals in London, your search is over! Get in touch today for the latest offers.