Festive joy to be found at London’s Christmas services

Individuals planning a London getaway this festive season are in for a real treat given the wealth of outstanding Christmas services that are taking place across the city in the coming weeks.

 

Visitors with a taste for Christmas cheer are extremely well catered for when it comes to cultured carol services, festive singalongs, wonderful festive spectacles and a whole lot more during Christmas in London.

 

Here are just some of the fantastic opportunities to celebrate the festive season in the English capital, with great options available for everyone staying in high-end luxury Knightsbridge lodgings through to cheap hotels in Paddington.

 

A Service of Lessons and Carols, Westminster Abbey

 

Address: 20 Deans Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA

 

One of London’s most famous landmarks, Westminster Abbey plays host to some of the most thrilling Christmas celebrations each year and allows visitors the chance to enjoy festive cheer in the austere but opulent surroundings of one of England’s most celebrated buildings.

 

At the centre of royal and religious life in Britain since the time of William the Conqueror, the abbey’s services offer a reminder of the spiritual significance of Christmas and are a truly inspiring event that festive visitors to London will not want to miss.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines), St James’s Park (Circle and District lines) and Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines), as well as overground rail services from London Waterloo and London Waterloo East stations.

 

Christmas Carols at Kensington Palace

 

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

 

Visitors to Kensington Palace can take part in a festive tour of this historic attraction, with guests taking on a guided tour of the grounds while having the chance to sing traditional Christmas carols and ending up beneath the 30-foot Christmas tree at the heart of the palace grounds.

 

Held on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout December at 8 pm, the carol singing is open to visitors of all ages and is a great way to experience a traditional English Christmas in London.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines), Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines), Queensway (Central line), Bayswater (Circle and District lines) and Lancaster Gate (Central line).

 

Carol services at Southwark Cathedral

 

Address: London Bridge, London SE1 9DA

 

Offering a number of festive celebrations throughout December, Southwark Cathedral gives guests the chance to enjoy the spiritual side of the holidays, with readings, live music recitals and much more to keep people entertained.

 

Full details of the extensive festive calendar of events can be found by visiting the official Southwark Cathedral website, while alternatively visitors can simply head on down and see what is happening when they are in the area.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Monument (Circle and District lines) and Borough (Northern line), as well as overground rail services from London Bridge, Cannon Street and Fenchurch Street stations.

 

Carols by Candelight, St Paul’s Cathedral

 

Address: St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

 

Few places offer such a heartwarming and traditional Christmas experience as St Paul’s Cathedral, with its Carols by Candlelight service that is to be held in the run-up to the festive season.

 

Held in mid-December, the event attracts an array of famous names each year, while it also helps to raise much-needed support and funding for the Alzheimer’s Society. It offers plenty of Christmas cheer and the opportunity for visitors to support a very worthy cause during the yuletide celebrations.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via St Paul’s (Central line), Mansion House (Circle and District lines), Monument (Circle and District lines), Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) and Liverpool Street Underground (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines), as well as overground rail services from London Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Farringdon and City Thameslink stations.

 

Cavalry Carols

 

Address: Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ

 

The Guards Chapel at Wellington Barracks plays host each year to a festive event like no other, with all proceeds going towards supporting the Household Cavalry Foundation.

 

Providing support for the casualties, soldiers, veterans, horses and heritage of the Household Cavalry, the evening offers a wealth of festive entertainment for guests and includes a full drinks reception, choir and orchestra.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via St James’s Park (Circle and District lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines), as well as overground rail services from London Victoria station.

 

Carols at St Martin-in-the-Fields

 

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

 

A Christmas concert that is widely regarded as one of the best in London, St-Martin-in-the-Field is a perfect venue offering outstanding acoustics and a wonderful festive atmosphere.

 

Located on one of the capital’s busiest plazas in the form of Trafalgar Square, the concerts regularly attract a packed house, with performances scheduled to take place throughout December.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines), Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines), Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), as well as overground rail services from Charing Cross station.

 

Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall

 

Address: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP

 

The Royal Albert Hall is among the best-loved attractions for visitors to the English capital in search of culture and live performances.

 

Offering a fun-packed jamboree of carols, seasonal singalongs and yuletide cheer, the climax of the venue’s festive season is its annual Christmas Celebration, which takes place in the week before Christmas and is widely regarded as a jewel in the crown of London’s festive calendar.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line), South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) and High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines).

 

Carols by Candlelight at St Bartholomew the Great

 

Address: W Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS

 

Another exquisite evening of carols and singing can be found at St Bartholomew the Great, where visitors can expect a family-friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome from the local congregation.

 

Advent carol services will be taking place throughout December all the way through to Epiphany, with visitors encouraged to head along to support the church and to share their festive celebrations with some hearty singing and plenty of mince pies.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) and St Paul’s (Central line), as well as overground rail services from Farringdon, Moorgate, Liverpool Street and City Thameslink stations.

 

VSO Christmas Carol Concert, Methodist Central Hall

 

Address: Storey’s Gate, London SW1H 9NH

 

With readings, carol singing, sermons and prayers, the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Christmas Carol Concert is an award-winning charity event that is sure to keep guests entertained and festive during their visit to the English capital.

 

With performances from the City of London Choir, youth chamber choir Inner Voices and an array of guest stars, the event is one that promises much and always delivers in terms of a great evening out during the festive season.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines) and St James’s Park (Circle and District lines), as well as overground rail services from Charing Cross station.

 

Big Christmas Singalong at the Royal Festival Hall

 

Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

 

The Royal Festival Hall is renowned for its outstanding shows throughout the year and the festive season is no exception for visitors keen to enjoy a Christmas event with all the cheer and community spirit that makes London a vibrant and happy place to visit at this time of year.

 

Performances from The Choir with No Name are something special that travellers will not want to miss, and the Big Christmas Singalong gives London guests a chance to take part in a wonderful festive gig from this acclaimed group.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines), Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines), Southwark (Jubilee line) and Lambeth North (Bakerloo line), as well as overground rail services from London Waterloo and London Waterloo East stations.

 

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

 

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

 

Residing at the heart of one of the busiest public spaces in the whole of London is the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, which every year plays host to daily carol singing and plenty of Christmas cheer.

 

An annual tradition since 1947, Trafalgar Square is gifted a beautiful and impressive Christmas tree from the people of Oslo in Norway, leading visitors to London and locals alike to head to this busy part of London to view the tree and to spread their festive cheer.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines), Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines), Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), as well as overground rail services from Charing Cross station.

 

Festival of Carols at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate

 

Address: Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL

 

The peaceful St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate is a beautifully ornate church nestled in the heart of one of London’s most bustling districts.

 

It offers wonderfully intimate evenings of carol singing throughout December and is a convivial affair that is perfect for families and couples keen to ring in the yuletide season in the company of loved ones.

 

Travel options for visitors: Underground services are available via Liverpool Street Underground (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines), Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines), Mansion House (Circle and District lines) and Tower Hill (Circle and District lines), as well as overground services from Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Tower Gateway (DLR), Cannon Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.

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