London Christmas Walks and Activities 2021

Christmas and New Year is a truly special time of year in London. London is renowned to pull out all of the stops to create a merry atmosphere. From Christmas lights to strolling along the Thames at the Southbank Centre’s Christmas markets with a mulled wine (or hot chocolate!) in hand and going on some of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland fairground rides. Come with us on a London walking tour to discover all the festive season secrets and stories London has to offer.


Walking Tours

It’s 2021 and we are back! Back in full strength with an outstanding program of Christmas themed winter walks and virtual tours through Central London for you to indulge in. Be sure to book tickets online to reserve your space.

The London of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol & Seasonal Traditions

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol lies at the heart of the festive season. This tour explores the heart of this enduring story in its original setting, the old City of London in Victorian times. Here, where Dickens himself explored and studied every nook and corner, so too Ebenezer Scrooge walked from his counting-house to his melancholy tavern and even more dismal lodgings. And as we make their acquaintance we’ll spice things with warming seasonal stories of turkeys and boars’ heads, Christmas puds, mince pies and pantomimes; cards, crackers, Christmas trees and mistletoe.

This walk will take place throughout December and meet outsite Tower Hill Underground Station.

This tour is also available as a virtual tour on Sunday 19th of December!

 

The Sherlock Holmes Christmas Walk 

Find out how Arthur Conan Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes story, and his own experiences of London at Christmas, including his very first visit in 1874. An affectionate Yuletide offering from the glory days of the Great Detective and his creator. ‘Compliments of the Season!’

This walk will take place at 2.30 pm on  Thursday, December 23  and at 10.30 am on Wednesday, December 29. Meet just outside the exit of Goodge Street Underground Station.

Not going to make it to London? This tour is also available as a virtual tour on Sunday 19th of December!

 

Christmas Morning, 1660 – Samuel Pepy’s London

After 8 years of Christmas being banned during the Ebeneezer Scrooge, Christmas morning of 1660 must have been pretty special, wouldn’t you say? This is a Christmas Restoration walk in every sense of the word! And what better figure to accompany us on our rounds than that quintessential Londoner – let alone the grestest diarist of them all – Samuel Pepys himself. We’re following in his footsteps. Going calling on the Westminster that he knew. And immortalised in the diary. Lucky us. Because Pepys’ Diary, begun in 1660, is the most entertaining and joyful autobiographical record ever kept. Thanks to the quality of the writing, the little anecdotes (they’re like plums in a Christmas pudding), the illuminating profiles, the indiscretions, the insults and – tying it altogether – the warmth of Pepys’ personality.

This walk takes place at 11 am on December 25. The meeting point is by the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

The Christmas Day Charles Dicken’s London Walk

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me” – Charles Dickens

Our afternoon walk is all about the man who some think invented Christmas – he didn’t! He re-invented it! Before Dickens and his stories came along Christmas was a rather small celebration on the Christian calendar. It was Dickens whose words plumped, fluffed and sprinkled Christmas all over the world making it the traditional Christmas we know today. So on Christmas afternoon we celebrate him, his words, his life, his London and his Christmas. A Christmas before Cola turned Father Christmas red. It’s a delightfully Dickensian and detailed look at – an exploration of – the alleyways and Victorian hideaways off the Strand and Covent Garden districts, places rich in Dickensian lore and associations.

The Charles Dickens Christmas Day walk starts at 2 pm. The meeting point is by the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. (How appropriate is that?)


Virtual Tours

Get into the Christmas spirit and discover all things Christmassy that London has to offer without leaving your home with our special Virtual Tours. These tours are live on zoom, with your guide taking through London’s streets and alleyways. Some say the quality of the Virtual Tours is on par, if not better as the outside, live tours as you can cover more ground and see things in more details.

Last Christmas London Music Special & Singalong – Virtual Tour

A music special where you will hear of the tales of Christmas music through the ages, a musical tour of Christmas featuring locations of the movie Last Christmas, inspired by the music of George Michael. But that’s not all, we will also take you through the musical history of the West End!

Brought to you by our very own music specialist and entertainer Adam, expect some live music and even maybe a little sing along!

PS. Bring your own bottle…

Also the Virtual tour of Charles Dickens’  Christmas Carol  on December 11th, 19th 24th 30th and 31st

The London of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol

 


Other Activities

Looking for other activities to do in London? The Christmas events calendar is back to normal after last year, so here are a few London Walks currated suggestions:


Private Tours

Want to organise a fun team social and don’t know what your company Christmas Party is going to look like whilst social distancing? Why not book one of our Virtual Tours and we can organise the time and date to suit you. Bring your team or family together with one of our Christmas specials tour, just ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you.