One of the most exciting parts of travelling to London is exploring its traditions and culture, especially during festive times like Christmas. If you’re planning to celebrate the holiday season in London, here’s a list of some time-honoured British holiday traditions that you must know about:
Christmas poppers are festive table decorations that are unique to London. These poppers are pulled apart to reveal a surprise, a party hat, and a joke or a riddle during lunches and dinners. Christmas poppers were first introduced by the London sweet maker, Tom Smith, in 1850. They were inspired by the traditional French ‘bon bon’ sweets, but the British version of it also has tiny firecrackers, hence the name Christmas crackers.
Book an extravagant stay at the Bayswater Inn Hotel Hyde Park with supremely comfortable and stylish rooms with modern amenities to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest! Make sure to get yourself a few of these festive poppers for a fun-filled family dinner in the capital city to celebrate the festivities like a local.
Pantomimes, also known as ‘Pantos,’ are musical comedy shows that are close to the heart of all British families and are especially enjoyed over the Christmas period. Originally, Pantomimes were old-school Roman comedies with slapstick humour. Today, Pantos often narrate storylines from popular fables or fairy tales, mixed with pop cultural references. With your stay at one of the opulent hotels near Kensington Palace, you must add one of these spectacular shows to your list if you’re looking to celebrate a London Christmas in its truest form!
Christmas Carol Singing and Christmas Carols
Christmas carols are not just a British tradition but a part of English life. There is a plethora of opportunities to experience the Christmas carol singing tradition firsthand in London. Almost all churches organise a Carol Service which attracts people from all walks of life and not just the regular worshippers.
A recommendation: With your stay at a luxurious accommodation near Hyde Park, experience the St. Paul Cathedral’s Advent and Christmas through music at its Carol Service on the 23rd and 24th of December.
Christmas pudding is a traditional dessert that is commonly served during the festive season. It is also known as plum pudding and is prepared using a variety of ingredients such as prunes, raisins, currants, breadcrumbs, spices, and sometimes wine. The pudding mix was historically stirred on Stir-up Sunday before Advent, with a six-pence coin added for good luck. Today, the pudding is served with brandy sauce, which is often set alight before eating, making for a delicious end to any Christmas meal!
No Christmas celebration in London is complete without delving into the delectable mincemeat pies, a significant part of the holiday season in the capital city. Mincemeat pies define Christmas celebrations in the city and are a must-try for all. Since its considerable evolution from the Middle Ages, today, you’ll find excellent versions of these pies filled with flavourful spices and dried fruit other than the traditional minced meat fillings.
Don’t miss out on the exciting experiences London has to offer this festive season! Keep an eye out for discount on hotels in Hyde Park and plan a holiday to remember.