Have yourself a merry little Christmas in London… and save a sleigh-load too!

With the drinks pouring and more festive markets than you can shake a snow globe at, you’d be forgiven for thinking you need to spend a fortune to enjoy Christmas in London. Turns out you can get into the Christmas spirit and get away with spending very little too! So, we’ll get you to the capital for less and when you’re there, here’s all the amazing ways you and your mates can celebrate.

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    Bust a move on the rink

    When: Wednesday 15th November – Tuesday 14th January 2018
    Where: Somerset House

    Number one on your to do list this Christmas? Getting that perfect boomerang of you ice skating (or falling over Bridget Jones style)… and London’s Somerset House is the perfect place for you to do it! Even better yet, this year the beautiful venue will play host to Skate Lates, a specially curated programme of skate-along music with takeovers from local radio stations and 90’s and noughties hip hop and R&B. Sounds pretty awesome, don’t you think?

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    Have an uber alt Christmas in Winterville

    When: Thursday 23rd November – Monday 1st January
    Where: Clapham Common

    If you want a quirky alternative to the Christmas markets, head to Clapham Common where you’ll find the festive playground known as Winterville. At London’s most eccentric Christmas village, you can truly let loose and do everything from hot wheel around roller discos to take part in confetti-blizzard clubbing. There’s also a delicious Street Feast, a Backyard Cinema, and Plonk Golf, putting an urban twist on traditional celebrations. Entry is free (except for Friday and Saturday nights).

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    Make yourself at home in a pop-up igloo

    When: Tuesday 21st November – Sunday 10th December
    Where: The Sipping Room, Canary Wharf

    Who said the UK doesn’t have igloos? It certainly does at The Sipping Room, where you and your mates can cosy up with some bevvies in one of six pop-up PVC igloos. Completely free to book up, each one seats eight people and contains electric heaters, sheepskin throws, hot water bottles and jumpers too. Bliss! So, to guarantee your igloo, make sure you book via email now.

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    Have a Christmas boogie-woogie

    When: Thursday 23rd November – Saturday 16th September
    Where: Last Days of Shoreditch

    Party people, this one’s for you. Head straight to Shoreditch for Winter La La Land, a cool winter pop-up where festive fun comes by the sleigh-load. Soundtracked by a star-studded DJ line-up, you can dance the night away to epic house anthems and techno tunes. Plus, there’ll be plenty of winter warmer cocktails and craft beer bars alongside mouth-watering street food lineup from BBQ maestros Smokey Tails, to the exciting and innovative Cheeky Burger, plus vegan joint, Biff’s Jack Shack.

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    Have yourself a very Camden Christmas

    When: Every Thursday from 17th November
    Where: Camden Market

    Forget elbowing your way through department stores (thanks but no thanks) or anxiously waiting for online orders to arrive on time. If you want a truly unique shopping experience where you’re guaranteed to find one-of-a-kind gifts, then head to London’s much loved Camden Market. Whether it’s vintage jewellery for your mum or the best pressie to give your bezzie, a leisurely afternoon at Camden will do the job.

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Just round up your mates, hop on the coach, and you’re all good to go! So – which amazing attraction will you visit first this Christmas?