100 days until Christmas: is London really the best place to experience it?

As of today it is The Christmas lights on Oxford Street, Londonexactly 100 days until Christmas 2018.

2400 hours. 144,000 minutes. Or alternatively, just 14 weekends before the man in the red suit comes down the chimney to leave all the boys and girls gifts.

Obviously a universal occasion that’s celebrated right around the world, there are some brilliant locations to enjoy Christmas in, but many would argue that London is one of the best – if not the best.

Continue reading “100 days until Christmas: is London really the best place to experience it?”

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland: a truly festive experience

An evening shot of the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, LondonWinter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park this winter, transforming the vast park into a festive fairyland.

This free event offers a range of fun, festive activities for the whole family, including an illuminated ice rink, magical Santa’s grotto and a plethora of fairground rides. Visitors’ favourites include the Christmas market with a traditional Bavarian theme running through its cafés and bars, as well as the undercover restaurant, Spiegel Saloon.

One of the main attractions of this year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is the Magical Ice Kingdom, which will be returning with its breath-taking ice sculptures. The Kingdom is the largest of its kind in the UK, and was created exclusively for the Winter Wonderland.

What’s more, Zippos’ evening circus spectacle – Cirque Berserk – pushes the boundaries of traditional circus entertainment with a death-defying knife throwing act and daring high wire performance.

The Winter Wonderland starts on the 22nd November and runs until the 5th January. Booking in advance may be required for some of the attractions and events, so check out www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com for more information.

And of course, after embracing the winter weather in Hyde Park, why not come and warm up at DUKES London in our gorgeous bar, which serves the finest Perrier Jouet champagne and champagne cocktails, or treat the family to an overnight stay at reduced rates in one of our Luxury Suites?

Image courtesy of Christine Matthews

Experience the real Winter Wonderland in London

Hyde Park's 'Winter Wonderland' at nightThe capital city is once again getting itself ready for another festive season by preparing for its own version of a Winter Wonderland.

Featuring many attractions like the Ice Age 4 ice rink, the observation wheel, rides and the Christmas Circus, visiting Winter Wonderland is a family must this Christmas.

New this year is the Ice Kingdom, a unique feature that allows you to experience real ice and snow in a way you have never seen before. From ice castles to themed rooms and amazing visuals, Lapland has never seemed close to home.

In the evening Zippo Cirque Berserk produce their own unique, gothic twist on classic fairy tales, like the Brothers Grimm. The show also features the death defying motorcycle stunt Globe of Death for those who like to get the adrenaline pumping. You can add a touch of luxury to the show by purchasing tickets for a VIP box which comes with a bottle of champagne and chocolates.

No other city offers such a wide range of Christmas fun for all the family. As well as daytime and night time activities you have the option to really sit back and let your hair down with a range of charming one off bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Providing a mix of festive treats such as warm cider, mulled wine, farmhouse foods and a selection of DJs and live music, it provides a Christmas experience like no other.

When your day is done, come back to one of our suites where you can relax before venturing down to our award winning restaurant or to DUKES Bar to enjoy one of our world famous Martinis, making it an extra special Christmas trip for you and your family.

Image courtesy of MrT HK