Christmassy things to do with your besties this year in London

It’s almost Christmas, and there are plenty of amazing things to do to celebrate the festive season, both in London and across the UK.

Single people may be wary of anything super seasonal, perhaps feeling certain activities look restricted to couples – particularly as we’re now deep into ‘cuffing season’.

Cuffing season marks the time of year when people get into relationships for the winter months, giving them a companion to cosy up with when it’s cold. These new couples make the most of the holiday, holding hands while walking around Christmas markets and staring at the gorgeous lights.

But while there do seem to be an unprecedented amount of couples at Christmas time, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same fun activities with your besties instead.

These activities hitting London as we countdown to the big day are perfect for groups of mates or a friend date for two.

You may not be able to match the levels of new-relationship-PDA you see around you, but you’ll be feeling festive in no time.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is super fun all year round, but it’s particularly amazing at Christmas. The Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace, and the Skylight Ice Rink, are some of London’s finest.

At the Skylight Ice Rink, you can see gorgeous views of the Thames while you skate – and there are cosy little igloos around the rink for cocktails and street food afterwards.

Both Somerset House and Hampton Court Palace are ice rinks located in beautiful, historic buildings. You can either take a gander around the city or see Henry VIII’s former home, ideal for any history buffs out there.

This is the last year that the ice rink at London’s National History Museum will be available at the Natural History Museum, so you may want to prioritise that. The building will be going through a massive refurbishment next year and the ice rink will be gone, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Even though we can’t guarantee you won’t find yourselves surrounded by couples on the ice (sorry), you can still have a great time skating with your friends. Just own your time there, safe in the knowledge that you don’t need to be holding hands or making kissy faces to have fun.

Kew Gardens

While Kew Gardens is always worth a visit, it’s especially worthwhile at Christmas. Grab your BFF or a friend group to take a walk through the illuminated gardens, then make a day of it by sampling the many attractions.

The space has great lighting and gorgeous decorations for Instagram pics, so make sure you’re ready to hit your pal’s best angles.

Christmas at Kew runs from November 17 until January 9, and is open every day during that period from 4pm to 10pm.

It’s not exactly cheap (adult tickets range from £21.50 to £26.50) but the gorgeous flames at Fire Garden, the Palm House light display, illuminations along every path, and an appearance by Father Christmas – plus loads of street food and drink vendors – are a real treat.

Trust us, a relationship is not required to look at some pretty lights.

Festive films

Sure, you could stay at home and watch your Christmas favourites, but why not grab your friends for a festive cinema experience at the Luna Winter Cinema?

Showing every Christmas classic you can think of – with bean bags, blankets, good food, and surround sound – the winter cinema is definitely more special than going to your local Odeon.

Would you have an issue going to see Spencer or Eternals with a friend? Probably not, so what makes Christmas movies any different?

Pick your movie, buy a large popcorn, and enjoy the cinema experience at either Battersea Arts Centre or Kensington Palace in London. For those who can drive, Luna also offers drive-in cinemas in Kent and Birmingham.

Hogwarts in the Snow

It’s not quite London, but magic awaits those who take a short train from the capital.

At the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Watford, the annual Hogwarts in the Snow exhibit returns from Friday November 12 to Sunday January 16.

As most of us will know, the official Studio Tour is a place to see the original Harry Potter sets, with this setup giving us a glimpse of what it’s like at Christmas, just like in the films.

Tickets must be pre-booked, but all extra features are included in the price.

Ask your closest Harry Potter fans to come with you so you can both (or all) indulge in your fangirl obsession. Because unless your partner is a die-hard fan like yourself, they wouldn’t have a good time anyway.

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