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Tower Bridge at Christmas

The City is the perfect location for a Christmas break. From festive markets to carol services in historic churches, the City is the place to be for seasonal merriment.

Here’s our suggestion for a festive day out in the City.


  • Visit the magical St Paul’s Cathedral. There is plenty explore inside including the whispering gallery and climb up the dome to the Golden Gallery where you can enjoy breath taking views across London – you never know, it might be snowing too!


  • Combine lunch with a spot of Christmas shopping at trendy One New Change, the luxurious Royal Exchange or the beautiful Victorian Leadenhall Market.
  • You could also stop by a City Church to buy some charity Christmas cards or listen to a free concert. Some churches also have cafes, such as Café Below in the Crypts of St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside.


  • Get your skates on and have fun whizzing around one of the two ice rinks at the City. You can skate at Broadgate in the heart of the City, or in the 1,000 year old moat at the Tower of London.


  • See a show or a music concert at the Barbican, London’s premier venue for live performance. Alternatively, see what’s on at the small but vibrant Bridewell Theatre.

Other festive ideas for a day in the City at Christmas:

  • Delve into the life of Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol, on a Dickens guided tour (leaving from the City Information Centre every Tuesdays at 11am and Saturday at 2pm) or explore Dickens’s home and inspiration at your own pace on our Dickens’s Magic Lantern self-guided walk (2MB).
  • Avoid doing your Christmas shopping in the busy West End and stay in the City. See our unique shopping destinations and pop into the City Information Centre to find out about festive markets.
  • See the City’s Christmas lights. Our best picks are the ones at Leadenhall Market and Bow Lane off Cheapside.

Need more ideas? Visit the City Information Centre for help planning your perfect day in the City of London and beyond.

27 September 2013
Last Modified:
05 December 2018