London’s Most Unconventional Festive Experiences This Year


Christmas celebrations in London have so much more to them than just the festive classics. If you’re looking for unique and differentiated experiences to enjoy this Christmas, here’s a list of some of the quirkiest alternative festive events.

Club Curling

When one thinks of festive sports, the first thing that pops up in mind is ice skating! This year, venture off the beaten path with the most unique experience as you try your hand at club curling. With a live DJ playing 90s-themed music in the backdrop, head to King Cross’s one of the most popular outdoor arenas running until 26th February’24. Pave the way for a memorable night out with your close ones or friends and family as you finish an exciting 45-minute session on one of the six curling lanes here.

Warm up with a toasty cocktail at the in-house bar here and soak in the vintage theme vibes and music curated by Voices Radio. Book your stay at the opulent Bayswater Inn Hotel Hyde Park with premium amenities and chic rooms to enjoy the comfort of a great central London location for your set-apart city exploration!

Peter Pan Cup

One of the most famous yet quirky Christmas traditions in London is the Peter Pan Cup. Plan your visit to the iconic Hyde Park on Christmas Day morning this year, to see members of the Serpentine Swimming Club swim through the chilly waters as they compete for the legendary cup. A tradition dating back to 1964, the Peter Pan Cup event is a spectacular way to get into the Christmas spirit. Remember, it is a spectators-only event, and the race commences at 9 am sharp! This 100-yard swimming race in the Serpentine Lido is representative of one of London’s most historic festive traditions and rich culture. Reserve your luxe accommodation near Hyde Park and don’t miss out on the start of the iconic race!

Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City

One of London’s most extraordinary Christmas attractions, the Gingerbread City exhibition by the Museum of Architecture is perfect if you’re looking for a great family day out! At this festive event, witness leading designers and architects ditch conventional building methods and use sugar-paste mortar and dough bricks for gingerbread buildings! Exciting, isn’t it? As you stay at one of the exquisite hotels near Kensington Palace, expect over 70 gingerbread buildings including museums, parks, train stations, doughy houses and more making impressive biscuit cities for a sight to remember here. With this year’s theme of Water in Cities from 7th December to 11th December’23, see sugary buildings designed to be resistant to water, an ultimate feast for the eyes!

Garden Museum’s Festive Flower Week

When it comes to Christmas celebrations, the first thing that pops up in mind are the Christmas trees. If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary this season, the Garden Museum with its Winter Flowers Week is a glorious alternative. Running until 7th January’24, experience a spectacular collection of floral installations turned into a Christmas wonderland, designed by five expert floral designers. Made using seasonal British-grown foliage and flowers, click some aesthetic pictures for your Instagram here and attend the Friday Late event to enjoy some great live performances as well!

From celebrating Winter Flower’s Week in the city to watching brave swimmers take an icy plunge in the Hyde Park Lido, London is abuzz with some of the most traditional and unconventional yet exciting Christmas events this year! Keep an eye out for discounts on hotels in Hyde Park and stay in the heart of the city for the most incredible festive celebrations to amaze you!