London au pairs in the city over the festive period will no doubt be wondering what to do with their young charges in the coming few weeks – and the good news for them and the kids alike is that London at Christmas is a truly magical experience, with all sorts of activities and fun events to enjoy.
But which to put at the top of the list? There are so many to choose from that you’ll need to admit to yourself that you can’t possibly see and do everything you want to – so here are just a few of the very best events and attractions at this time of year to consider making a serious priority. Enjoy!
Make your way to the Warner Bros Study to discover Hogwarts in the Snow, perfect for any Harry Potter fans (young and old) out there. The studio has been transformed to look like the Great Hall, with a replica festive feast in place, as well as space made for the Yule Ball, complete with an orchestra of magical instruments, icicles and snow.
There’s also the Gryffindor common room filled with Christmas treats, special-effect fires in the fireplaces and a Hogwarts castle model that has been covered in a blanket of snow.
Kew Gardens are lovely to visit no matter what time of year but the children are sure to love it even more than they usually do at Christmas time.
The after-dark event features a mile-long trail through the botanic gardens, lit up with over a million lights, and you can follow the illuminated path around the gardens while enjoying live performances and be amazed by all sorts of immersive installations and spectacular displays.
Nothing quite says winter than a skate in the open air and you and the children will have a brilliant time skating around and about the ice rink at the Natural History Museum. The rink itself is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and a stunning Christmas tree, with an alpine bar nearby so you can grab a winter warmer and watch as the kids have fun on the ice.
The English National Ballet is back at the London Coliseum for an enchanting performance of The Nutcracker, with more than 100 dancers and world-class musicians involved in the production of Tchaikovsky’s famous show. You’re sure to have a wonderful time at the ballet, making memories that will last a lifetime.
For something a little different, head to the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre for a performance from Circus 1903, a troupe that showcases all sorts of old favourites as well as new acts like the Brazilian Wheel of Death… sure to amaze the entire family. From elephant puppets and high-wire walkers to musicians, knife-throwers, acrobats, strong men and contortionists, you’ll see it all at a Circus 1903 event.