Visit the best London attractions during Christmas 2023

Visit the best London attractions during Christmas 2023

by Paul T
Last Update: 17 July 2023

When it comes to London attractions at Christmas, you are spoilt for choice. The capital comes alive with festive cheer and the merriment can be felt across the city. Whilst London is brimming with attractions that you can experience year-round, there is something magical about the way they transform for the festive season. Christmas in London 2023, promises to be a joyful spectacle, with light shows, Christmas markets, festive Westend shows and places to eat and drink.

In this list, we are going to explore the best attractions during Christmas 2023. Whether that’s the mesmerising lights on Oxford Street or the infamous Winter Wonderland, that draws a huge crowd every year. There is something for everyone.

1. Ice skating

One of the most iconic things to do in the city is pop on your skates and take to the ice rink. Whether you’re a seasoned pro on the ice or you need a little help from a penguin glider, you can take your pick of ice rinks. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Somerset House ice rink

One of the best Christmas attractions in London is ice-skating at the stunning Somerset House. This iconic rink is available each year in the grand neoclassical courtyard. The massive rink is 900 square metres big. You can glide and twist or perhaps just hold onto the edge and scoot around the 40-foot Christmas tree in the centre.

Queen’s House ice-rink

Located on the grounds of the Royal Museums Greenwich which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can whizz around whilst taking in the sights of the architecture and the twinkling festive lights.

Canary Wharf ice-rink

The roof of this magical rink is scattered with over 1,000 sparkling fairy lights, so you can skate come rain or shine.

2. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland is infamous for family fun. As one of the most exciting London attractions at Christmas, people flock to the city for this attraction alone. It is jam-packed with festive fun, from Christmas markets, live music, and entertainment to rollercoaster rides, an ice sculpture Magical Kingdom, fairgrounds and circus shows. With plenty of street food options and bars to explore, there’s so much fun for everyone.

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3. Christmas at Kew Gardens

Walk under the stars and take in the magical lights at Kew Gardens this Christmas. Once the sun has disappeared, wrap up warm and make your way around the sparkling tunnels, the dancing lights that flicker in the lake reflections and the trees that are covered in multicolour. The highlight is the fire garden that provides a peaceful flickering of flames before you say hello to Father Christmas on the way.

4. Enjoy the Christmas Markets

Nothing is more charming than wandering around wooden huts looking for stocking fillers and trinkets. The smell of festive treats filling the air and the sounds of Christmas songs to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Here are some of the best Christmas markets to explore on your trip to London.

Christmas by the River

Grab a mulled wine to warm your hands as you pursue the stalls in one of London’s most iconic locations. Tuck into seasonal treats as you gaze over the London skyline and Tower Bridge.

Southbank Christmas Market

Stroll alongside the River Thames as you take in the twinkling lights that line the Southbank. From fondue in cosy igloos to Alpine chalets with arts and crafts.

Leicester Square Christmas Market

In the heart of the theatre district, this Christmas market is bursting with festive cheer. From the carol singers and performances to the stalls packed with treats, delicious bites and warming drinks.

5. Catch a festive show

Going to the theatre in London during Christmas is one of the most spectacular experiences. There are so many festive shows that will leave you feeling jubilant. Families will love Frozen or the more holiday-themed shows like ELF, The Musical and Stick Man. Those looking for a more traditional show can catch a viewing of the Nutcracker.

6. London light displays

London comes alive with lights during the holiday period, and people flock to some of the most famous streets in the city just to see them. Whilst Oxford Street is the most popular, especially if you want to get in some present shopping at the same time, there are many glittering streets to explore. For example, Carnaby Street and Regent Street are just as spectacular but less busy than Oxford Street. You can also head to the likes of Covent Garden and the Shard to see your favourite London spots illuminated with lights and displays.

7. Hogwarts in the Snow: Warner Bros. Studio Tour

The Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an incredible experience for all muggles at any time of the year. However, at Christmas, it is simply magical. The Great Hall is dressed for the Yule Ball with shimmering silver decorations, snow that glitters and icicles throughout. For 2023, there will be a wintery orchestra arrangement which is new for this year. All the set favourites like the Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley are all set for Christmas. But the most majestic set of all is the full-scale Hogwarts Castle covered in snow which will take your breath away.

8. Book a winter igloo

You’ll notice as soon as the temperature drops, your favourite London attractions start popping up cosy igloos to escape the cold. You can warm up with snug throws as you sit under a twinkling dome gazing out over the iconic London sights. The best pods in London are Coppa Club on the Southbank for fondue and views over the Thames and Tower Bridge. Aviary in Finsbury Square has rooftop igloos overlooking the city and The Secret Garden for a private dome in Kensington.

9. Go shopping in the iconic London store

The majority of the stores in London are dressed for Christmas, but some stores are iconic all year round. Head to the beautiful Liberty for the most spectacular tree and dedicated Christmas shop. Harrods is the most famous store in the city which shines even brighter during the festive season. Other stores that are worth the visit are Fortnum & Mason, John Lewis on Oxford Street and Selfridges.

10. Visit the most impressive Christmas trees

Christmas trees are big deal in London. With designers competing to get the opportunity to decorate them in the top spots. The best ones are in Covent Garden, Coal Drops yard at Kings Cross, St Pancras Station, Trafalgar Square and Leaden Market.

11. Enjoy a festive film

Nothing gets you in the holiday mood like a nostalgic film. But what about your favourite holiday classics in an explosion of festive decorations and fun? Backyard Cinema shows feel-good favourites as part of an immersive experience. Or head to a sing-along or quote a-long at the Prince Charles Cinema.

12. Eat, drink and be merry

Treat yourself to one of the most fantastic dining experiences in London, at one of these iconic restaurants that have had a full winter grotto makeover. The Sky Garden is treated to an Alpine overhaul, whilst Duck & Waffle receives a Polar Express theme. Famous The Ivy Chelsea always goes above and beyond with its themes, so it’s worth putting on the itinerary.

Christmas is one of the most magical times to visit London, and no matter what you choose to do, you’ll be swept away it. But make sure you use the Keetoo app to book your tickets for the perfect Christmas day out and manage them all in one place.

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      10 of the best Christmas Markets in London 2023

      10 of the best Christmas Markets in London 2023

      by Paul T
      Last Update: 17 July 2023

      London is one of the most beautiful city’s in the world,

      but it really does become a magical wonderland during the Christmas months. One of the most spectacular things you can do is visit the Christmas markets in London 2023.å

      You’ll find the perfect stocking fillers, unique Christmas decorations for your home and plenty of festive street food and mulled wine to warm your hands. The Christmas markets in London range from traditional boutique styles to big and bold with rides and ice rinks to amp up the Christmas fun.

      So whether you’re visiting London with the kids, as a romantic trip for two or doing some solo shopping, make sure you visit one of the Christmas staples of London, the festive markets.

      Read on to discover the best Christmas markets in London 2023 dates.

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      1. Winter Wonderland Christmas Market

      One of the most popular and exciting Christmas markets in London is at Winter Wonderland. People flock to the capital year after year for the rides, the food and entertainment at the Hyde Park favourite.

      These traditional Christmas markets are some of the largest in the city with quaint chalets that are brimming with festive treats. With a medley of unique arts, crafts, jewellery and decorations to buy.

      When you’re done browsing the markets, you can take the little ones to the traditional fairground for carousel rides, go ice-skating, meet Santa at the grotto or even catch a show like Zippos Christmas Circus.

      Then head to the restaurants, bars and food stalls to get you all feeling cheery.

      Dates: 18 November 2022 – 02 January 2023

      2. Southbank Centre Winter Market

      Located alongside the iconic River Thames, you can stroll along the Southbank where twinkling lights and decorations fill the street. The traditional alpine-style chalets, the smell of delicious street food filling the air and the sound of Christmas music and cheer all around, are sure to warm your heart as you explore the festive stalls.

      Find unique gifts before tucking into treats like fondue, bratwurst and churros all washed down with a mulled wine, hot toddies or hot chocolate.

      One of the most popular things to do is hire one of the Jimmy Lodge snow globes where you and your group can warm up in your igloo overlooking the Thames whilst tucking into traditional alpine treats.

      Dates: TBC

      3. Covent Garden Christmas Village

      Covent Garden is a magical dreamland to explore during the Christmas period. One of the most exciting things is the Covent Garden Christmas Village. Lights, twinkle from every surface, as you make your way through the forest of Christmas trees and giant baubles that fill the hall.

      The Christmas market has promised to be its most magical one yet, so you can be sure to expect a spectacle. A favourite experience is the daily shower of fake snow that gets you in the joyful spirit before exploring the trinkets and treasures of the stalls. When you’re done, make sure you explore the restaurants, bars and shopping that surround the hall.

      This year, there will be exclusive pop-ups to ensure a boutique shopping experience like no other.

      Dates: November 2022 – January 2023

      4. Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

      As you make your way through London Bridge City, alongside the river exploring the wooden cabins as you go, you’re treated to the most spectacular views. The most scenic Christmas market in the city offers stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London as well as the famous City skyline.

      The theme for 2022 is woodland, so expect to see many magical decorations that surround the market. With over 60 stalls to explore you’ll find plenty of gifts and stocking fillers as well as plenty of food options.

      As well as the classic bratwursts and churros, expect to see foods from all over the world. So make sure you visit with an empty belly.

      Dates: 17th November 2022 – 2nd January 2023

      5. Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews

      Located in Edward Mews, the Selfridges Christmas Market is one of the newest markets in the city. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food, with vendors selling everything from mince pies, panettone and stollen to pizza arepas. Sip on hot cocoa or mulled wine as you explore the stalls selling gifts and decorations. One of the most sought-after stalls is the London Florist for dried seasonal flowers and fresh wreaths.

      Dates: TBC

      6. Christmas Canopy Market at King’s Cross

      The Christmas Canopy Market at Kings Cross is the perfect place to pick up some festive produce and delights. They exclusively pick indie designers and makers to showcase, so you show your support to local businesses. There are a host of events throughout December to help you feel merry and bright during the countdown to the big day. These range from wine tastings and pairings to crafting classes so you can make your own gift for a loved one this year.

      Dates: 26th November 2022 – 24th December 2022

      8. Greenwich Christmas Market

      If you want to escape the hubbub of central London, the Greenwich Christmas Market is a more low-key and quieter spot. Of course, the Greenwich Market is available all year round, but during the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, it gets a lot more magical. You’ll be able to get into the holiday spirit without too much of a crowd and support local creators.

      The location itself is beautiful, in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Which is given a complete makeover with giant snowmen, wreaths, Christmas trees, ribbons and lights. You’ll find everything from art and candles to sweet treats and eggnog.

      Dates: TBC

      9. Borough Market at Christmas

      Borough Market should be on everyone’s London itinerary, but this is especially true during November and December. All year round you’ll find drinks, street food and produce, but during winter, everything will have a festive twist. From buttery mince pies, cured meats, luxury cheeses and fresh oysters it has it all. As you wander around with your scarves wrapped tight, clutching your warm mulled wine, buskers and choirs will sing to fill your hearts with glee. There are many events in the lead-up to Christmas too, such as cooking classes and cheese board evenings.

      Dates: 2nd December 2022 – 23rd December 2022

      10. Kingston Christmas Market

      Located in the quieter Kingston-upon-Thames, this traditional market has over 40 Bavarian-style cabins to explore. You can find everything from woollen clothes, unique jewellery pieces and artisan cheeses to candied nuts and smoky bratwursts.

      Take in the glittering lights and colourful decorations before heading to The Alpine Village. Here there is a traditional carousel which little ones can enjoy whilst you sit back at the bar or around a firepit and watch live comedians, choirs and artists.

      Dates: 10th November 2022 – 2nd January 2023

      However you decide to spend your Christmas in London 2022, make sure you spend some time exploring the incredible markets. And with so many festive events happening across the city, keep up to date with the Keetoo app. Download the FREE Keetoo app today and start planning your magical Christmas in London.

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          14 Amazing Things to Do in Birmingham

          14 Amazing Things to Do in Birmingham

          by Paul T
          Last Update: 17 July 2023

          Looking for something to do on your next Birmingham break? We’ve got you covered.

          Did you know Birmingham was named as the UK’s top destination for tourism outside of London?

          With dozens of attractions to choose from, a thriving nightlife, and a cultural scene to keep you hooked, Birmingham is the place to be.

          However, with fresh adventures and attractions coming out every month, and a plethora of things to see, do, and try, we know how overwhelming it can feel finding somewhere to start!

          We’re here to help! Keep reading for a diverse and exciting list of things to do in Birmingham, whether you have plans to visit Birmingham or just want to explore the city you already know and love.

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          Fun Things to Do in Birmingham

          We’ve put together some fun ideas for some days out in Birmingham’s city centre and surrounds, and let us tell you, there’s plenty to do. Whether your tastes range from cultural experiences to adventures, history or walking tours, Birmingham has something to offer.

          1. Victoria Square and City Centre

          No trip to Birmingham is complete with a visit to Victoria Square, a pedestrian-friendly area that can be explored via the Birmingham City Centre Path. It’s the beating heart of Birmingham and boasts countless experiences and sights. Why not stop by Old Town Hall on the way for some classic Victorian architecture?

          While you’re there, pay a visit to Symphony Hall, which has world-class acoustics and a magnificent theatre that attracts A-list musicians and singers, or stop by Central Library, which is home to the largest collection of Shakespearean works outside of the US.

          There’s a lot to see and do, and it’s well worth adding to your agenda.

          2. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

          Boasting collections of fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history and archaeological artefacts, the museum and art gallery both are well worth the visit.

          Birmingham Museums Trust, the UK’s largest independent museums trust, manages the museum/gallery, as well as eight other museums throughout the city. The Museum and Art Gallery are free to enter, however, some big exhibitions in the Gas Hall require a ticket.

          3. Birmingham Botanical Garden

          A great day out would be remiss without a visit to the world-famous Birmingham Botanical Garden, with 15 acres of 19th-century gardens and a collection of over 7,000 plants from across the world.

          While you’re there, be sure to check out the Garden’s collection of bonsai trees, which includes a particular specimen that is over 250 years old! The Garden’s also boast a phenomenal tearoom, kids playgrounds and a gift shop to make your trip complete.

          4. Moseley Bog – The Inspiration for Lord of the Rings

          This lovely little nature reserve is rich in wildlife, history, and community. Oh, and it was a beloved walking spot for JRR Tolkien and inspired his works on Lord of the Rings. Tolkien lived nearby, and this park was his childhood playground.

          Immerse yourself in the fantasy world of elves, hobbits, and wizards, and see for yourself the sprawling wilds that inspired one of the world’s most iconic works of literature.

          5. Bear Grylls Adventure Park

          Escape the mundane and try something truly extraordinary. Test your shooting skills on the archery range, or try out one of the intriguing escape rooms. Jump, climb, and swim your way out of danger, all in the safe and trusted hands of your adventure guides.

          They will inspire, motivate, and assist you along your journey, no matter which adventure you pick, so that you can push your limits and achieve new, remarkable goals with each challenge.

          Kid-Friendly Excursions

          All the below excursions are suitable for children 4 and up, with some allowing even younger children to explore the exciting offerings. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks, or dig into the delicious foods and sweets available. Best of all, there’s learning involved for everyone!

          6. National SEA LIFE Centre

          There’s plenty to see for children and parents alike, with the UK’s only 360° ocean tunnel, giving you a safe and cosy place to marvel at giant turtles, manta rays, sharks, and hundreds of tropical fish.

          When you’re done with that, head on over to meet the UK’s first sea otters, Ozzy and Ola, before popping over to the Penguin Ice Adventure event, where you’ll get to see the cheeky antics of the Centre’s Gentoo penguins, diving and playing beneath the freezing waters they call home.

          7. Thinktank – Birmingham Science Museum

          With several fascinating science exhibits and plenty of hands-on and interactive experiences, the Thinktank Science Museum is the place to be for anyone travelling with budding young scientists.

          Some highlights definitely include an impressive collection of steam-powered machines, from locomotives to tractors, as well as industrial machinery, a chocolate packing machine, and an authentic WWII-era aircraft in the Spitfire Gallery.

          There’s even a human-sized hamster wheel in the Science Garden! You can’t beat that!

          8. Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

          The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park hosts a wide and unique collection of animals from all over the world, including red pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and a huge troupe of monkeys.

          The zoo was established in 1964 and has become an important location for research, breeding programs, and animal conservation. The Park has a fun variety of experiences for kids, including some amazing hands-on activities about the care and upkeep of some of the world’s gentler species.

          9. Cadbury World

          We can’t imagine anyone saying no to a visit to the country’s chocolate centre. Cadbury World welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually to its site and visitors get to discover the history of chocolate, as well as how Cadbury makes their special treats through a series of excellent interactive exhibits.

          While you’re there, try your hand at making your own confectionary, and be sure to get in some shopping at the world’s largest Cadbury’s sweet shop.

          Enjoying the Nightlife

          Sometimes we need a bit of time away from young kids and work obligations. We all need to have fun, and sometimes we just want to enjoy a good drink out with friends. Why not throw in a show at the same time?

          10. The REP Theatre

          Looking for a night of culture and high-quality theatre? Look no further than the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This dynamic theatre welcomes hundreds of external theatre groups throughout the year, in addition to shows by the REP’s Company.

          There’s something to suit all tastes, from major productions by renowned West End companies to smaller up-and-coming organisations. And you can grab a drink after in the theatre’s bar, Marmalade!

          11. The Custard Factory

          The Custard Factory, located in the heart of Digbeth in central Birmingham, is a real gem if you’re ever in the city and want to get away from the bustling Bullring!

          While there is more than enough to do during the day in the sprawling fifteen acres of restored Victorian buildings, the Custard Factory comes alive in the evening, with restaurants, bars, and exciting game cafés to visit.

          12. Ghetto Golf

          The beautiful graffiti artwork on the walls, the exciting and demanding eighteen-hole course, and the fantastic street food and cocktails on offer at the famed bar set this indoor crazy golf experience apart from the others.

          If you’re searching for a fun way to compete with your friends and family, Ghetto Golf is the place to be.

          Day Trips Out and About

          For something a little further afield, we’ve got two suggestions that are well worth the drive out of Birmingham. Neither is more than an hour out and are more than doable for a day out. In fact, you can even consider staying overnight and making a weekend out of it!

          13. Alton Towers

          With the theme park typically being open from late March through to early November, there’s plenty of time to get in on the action, and even explore some of their special events, like the Alton Towers Scarefest, and a Mardi Gras festival to close off the season.

          Alton Towers Theme Park has something for everyone, with over 40 rides and attractions and a bevvy of things to see, do, and experience.

          14. Warwick Castle

          Start your quest today and live out a day in the life of a gallant knight or expert marksman. Warwick Castle hosts a variety of live shows and attractions year-round!

          It’s well worth a stay at the Knight’s Village for an exciting sleepover, giving you plenty of time to see all the live acts and entertainment, which includes everything from archery competitions to medieval jousting and knights tourneys.

          While it’s a 40-minute journey from Birmingham, it’s well worth the trip, with plenty of activities to keep you and your family busy.

          Stay Up to Date With New Events and Things to Do

          With major locations opening their doors after the plethora of lockdowns, and events starting anew now is the time to get out there and explore the many amazing things to do in Birmingham. We recommend staying in Birmingham overnight for the full experience, and to ensure you get the most of your time there.

          Whether you’re interested in daring adventures or historic tours, there’s something for everyone on the Keetoo app. For some truly unforgettable experiences, download your Keetoo app today and get going! P.S Keetoo is free!

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              What to do on a Sunday in London

              What to do on a Sunday in London

              by Paul T
              Last Update: 17 July 2023

              London never sleeps…even on a Sunday!

              So, you can expect the crowds to be out in their masses with full shops, restaurants, and pubs full of locals and tourists. Don’t worry if you’re only here for the weekend, you’ll find that London has plenty to offer on a Sunday.

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              How to spend a Sunday in London

              • Sunday Markets in London
              • Tourist attractions open on a Sunday in London
              • Museums, Shops and Restaurants
              • Sunday Roast
              • Guided tours
              • Explore a different neighbourhood
              • Indulge in a traditional Afternoon Tea
              • More ideas
              • What to avoid on a Sunday in London

              Sunday Markets in London

              If you’re planning a trip to London, it’s worth planning your trip knowing that some of the best street markets in London are only open on Sundays, so don’t forget to include one of these in your itinerary:

              Spitalfields, Petticoat Lane and Brick Lane:

              Open only on a Sunday, one of the most famous markets in the East End of London is Brick Lane. Right next to it, is Petticoat Lane and Spitalfields Market – so why not visit all 3 in a day? Whether you’re looking for independent food stalls, vintage goods and crafts, London has it all. Find out more about these markets here.

              Columbia Road Flower Market:

              Enjoy the amazing colours and flowers at this sweet-smelling market in East London.

              Other markets to explore:

              Brixton Market, Camden Market and Maltby Street Market are also great markets to explore on a Sunday, even though they are also open on other days of the week.

              Farmers markets in London:

              One of the best things to do at the weekend is to visit a farmers market, where you can enjoy the tastes and smells from the bakers, cheese makers, fruit farmers and butchers. Take a wander through the stalls and taste some samples. You can enjoy a great selection of meats, cakes, pies, cakes and of course, the delicious artisan breads. Some popular farmers markets include:
              Queen’s Park Farmers Market
              Marylebone Farmers Market
              Alexandra Palace Farmers Market

              Tourist Attractions on a Sunday in London

              Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral are the only visitor attractions closed on Sundays, so there’s plenty to see and do.
              This includes London’s most famous attractions like the London Eye, The View from the Shard, Madame Tussauds, the Sea Life London Aquarium, the Tower of London and Shakespeare’s Globe to name a few are all open on Sundays.
              Sightseeing bus tours and sightseeing river cruises also operate on Sundays, and they can sometimes the best way to see London when the streets are crowded!

              Museums, Shops and Restaurants open on a Sunday in London

              All the famous museums in London are open on Sundays, such as The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum and the Tate Modern just to name a few!

              If you are looking for a little retail therapy, fear not because all the shops in central London will be open. Popular shopping areas like Oxford Street and Regent Street will still be bustling, however they will close earlier than they do during the week, usually at 6pm.
              Famous department stores such as Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty are open on Sundays too. Westfield shopping centres (White City and Stratford) also open on Sundays.

              You’ll always find somewhere to eat in central London, everyday of the week. Restaurants are always open on Sundays (except if it happens to be Christmas Day!) and you can walk, shop and dine in the most popular tourist spots in London such as Regent Street, Oxford Street, Soho, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, just to name a few.

              Treat yourself to a traditional Sunday roast

              What better way to end the week than with lashings of gravy over beef or lamb or nut roast with all the trimmings of stuffing, parsnips, Yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets. To experience a truly traditional roast dinner, one of the best places to go to is a pub. Some of the best spots are The Harwood Arms in Fulham, Blacklock Soho in Soho and Bike Shed Motorcycle Club in Shoreditch. And of course, if you are visiting Spitalfields Market, you will find plenty of pubs serving up roast dinners every Sunday.

              Great places to explore on a Sunday include:

              A trip to Greenwich is perfect for exploring the stunning views, visiting the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark. You can also take to the air on one of the cable carts. Greenwich Market is only open Sundays, making it the perfect day to visit.
              Explore the area of Richmond, where you will also find a craft market on a Sunday.
              Or take a stroll through the beautiful Hampstead neighbourhood where you can enjoy laid-back bars and explore the gorgeous Hampstead Heath – here you can see the London skyline from one of the city’s highest points.

              Enjoy an afternoon tea

              The British love their tea and what better way to enjoy this other than with a traditional afternoon tea. With a huge amount of variety, from fancy high-end hotel teas to novelty science themes, chocolate themes and even afternoon teas on double decker buses, there’s something for everyone!

              Some of the best afternoon teas are:

              Afternoon Tea Cruise. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with bubbles, finger sandwiches and cakes, whilst you admire London from the River Thames.
              Brigits Afternoon Tea Bus Tour combines seeing all the top tourist sights like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace whist enjoying bubbles, finger sandwiches and cakes.
              Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms on Oxford Street is perfect for nibbles, Champagne and a wealth of teas after a long day of shopping on London’s most famous shopping street.
              Tale as Old as Time Tea at The Kensington, is a Disney lovers dream with Mrs Potts and Chip crockery, and cakes in the shape of the iconic characters from Beauty and the Beast. Those looking for something a little quirkier will love this.

              Looking for more ideas?

              A great way to spend a Sunday is by taking a stroll along the South Bank, and enjoying the sights of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. Places like Covent Garden and Leicester Square make an excellent setting for a night-time stroll. Explore the lights of China Town as well as enjoying the many street performances. You won’t get bored on a Sunday in London, there’s simply too much to do.

              What to avoid on a Sunday in London

              The only places we’d advise you avoid at the weekend are the office parts of the city such as Moorgate, Farringdon and Bank. During the weekend, they are empty, and some shops and restaurants are even closed.

              Welcome to our Blog!

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                  15 Great Things to Do in Liverpool

                  15 Great Things to Do in Liverpool

                  by Paul T
                  Last Update: 17 July 2023

                  What UK city is so famous that we could omit the name, give you three clues, and you'd still know the location to which we refer?

                  Before you guess, here are your three clues: Cilla, The Beatles, and The Mersey.
                  Yes, that’s right. It’s the one and only Liverpool. An iconic city with iconic names, Liverpool is a fantastic place to head for a fun and exciting family outing.
                  For a truly memorable day trip to Liverpool, get your visit planned to perfection. Here, you’ll discover 15 things to do in Liverpool for your next fun day in this unique, vibrant, and historic UK city.

                  1. The Beatles Story

                  What better way to start your tour of Liverpool than an introduction to the Fab Four, who put this city on the world stage?
                  The Beatles Story is a permanent exhibition at the Royal Albert Dock. This award-winning experience will take you through the Beatles’ timeline and their connection to the city where they first performed.

                  With replicas of some of their most well-known haunts, including the renowned music venue, The Cavern, this tour might make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time to the 1960s.

                  2. River Mersey Ferry Cruise

                  If you plan on staying in Liverpool overnight, get inspired by the famous Gerry and The Pacemakers song and take a 50-minute ride on the river.

                  This popular sightseeing cruise is the best way to take in the full view of the beautiful Liverpool skyline, so don’t forget to bring a camera.
                  The ferry journey is wheelchair and pushchair accessible and includes full commentary from a tour guide. The ferry departs from Liverpool Pier Head every hour during peak season.

                  3. Anfield Stadium Tour

                  Football fans shouldn’t miss a visit to Liverpool Football Club’s world-famous home ground, Anfield. The tour includes a walk up to the Kop, the perfect place to take your stadium and pitch photos.
                  You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes experience of a big matchday with a tour of the dressing rooms, tunnel and press room, plus a look at the vast collection of trophies.
                  The tour includes guided commentary via a headset, available in eleven languages as part of the Liverpool FC interactive museum.

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                  4. Take a Bus Tour

                  If you only have time for a single day out in Liverpool, buy a ticket to ride the red, open-top bus as it makes its way around the city. If the weather is your friend, sit on the top deck for a fantastic view of your surroundings.
                  The City Explorer Liverpool Bus Tour passes 14 top tourist attractions, including the Dock, two cathedrals (Liverpool and Metropolitan) and the Cavern Quarter.
                  The bonus feature of this bus tour is that your ticket is valid for 24 hours, giving you a chance to hop on and off. That’s perfect if you have small children who don’t want to walk their tiny legs around the city centre.

                  5. The Bombed-Out Church

                  During the 1941 Liverpool Blitz, St Luke’s church, suffered catastrophic damage from a bomb, leaving this beautiful building no more than a shell. For 60 years, the ruins of this once great church remained empty.
                  Since 2001, this historic building has had a new lease of life as a cultural centre. It now hosts events, art, music and theatre.
                  The “bombed-out church”, as it’s known locally, is an excellent stop on your tour if you are someone who loves both a cultural fix and grand architectural surroundings.

                  6. Tate Liverpool

                  For more high-end culture, head to Tate’s Liverpool gallery, which sits in the heart of the Albert Dock. As with all British art galleries, entry is free for the permanent collection, and you’ll only pay to see the guest exhibitions.
                  Tate Liverpool features a wide range of art, including works from Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Louise Bourgeois.
                  The art gallery has provisions for the visually impaired. Families have a special room for young children to play or watch a film.

                  7. Chinatown

                  Take a visit to the oldest Chinatown in Europe, and sample some of the most authentic (and delicious) Chinese cuisine you’ll find in the North of England.
                  At the entrance to Liverpool’s Chinatown is an impressive ceremonial arch (which comes directly from Shanghai), over 13 metres in height.
                  Of course, take note of the date you intend to visit Liverpool. Chinatown is a magical place to enjoy Chinese New Year and a fantastic way to get involved in the traditional festivities.

                  8. The Royal Albert Dock

                  Liverpool has a rich maritime history. The city has one of the busiest docks in the UK. It also played a central role in international trade for Britain during the Empire.
                  So, take a moment on your days out in Liverpool to explore the waterfront around the Royal Albert Dock.
                  Today, the Dock is a bustling and energetic part of the city with shops, cafes, museums, restaurants, and bars, plus plenty of events and entertainment, including live music in the summer months.

                  9. The Maritime Museum

                  One of Liverpool’s most well-known museums is the Maritime, an excellent way for you to explore some of Liverpool’s fascinating history. There is fun for all the family, with exhibitions that showcase life at sea.
                  Here, you’ll also learn about the history of one of the most famous maritime disasters, the Titanic, which has strong  connections to Liverpool (despite departing on its doomed voyage from Southampton).
                  The museum is open every day except Monday, and entry is free.

                  10. Liverpool World Museum

                  When visiting Liverpool, if you need a museum guaranteed to be a big hit with children of all ages, try the World Museum. It boasts an aquarium, planetarium and a new interactive Doctor Who exhibit.
                  And the fun doesn’t stop there. Dinosaur lovers will be thrilled at the skeletons in the natural history section of the museum. On the other hand, history enthusiasts can check out the collections in the ancient Egypt gallery.
                  The museum is home to over 80,000 ancient artefacts and a world cultures collection comprising over 40,000 objects.

                  11. Wild Shore Liverpool

                  For older children (and anyone young at heart), the Wild Shore Aqua Park offers hours of joy in the form of inflatable slides, trampolines, pedalos, paddle boarding and mini boats.
                  This activity is seasonal, so it only opens from April onwards. Still, it will be perfect if you plan on visiting in the hot summer months and want a unique and sure fire way to cool down from city life.
                  The attraction is situated in Duke’s Dock, next to the Ferris wheel, and has toilets and changing facilities on site.

                  12. The Wheel of Liverpool

                  For an unbeatable photo of Liverpool, head to the giant Ferris wheel at Keel Wharf. This ten-minute ride will take you 60 metres above the city for a beautiful bird’s eye view.
                  The Ferris wheel has 42 capsules and has a VIP section for those looking for a more luxurious experience.
                  That VIP capsule features leather seating and a DVD player. You can even crack open the Champagne. Though, with a glass floor, it’s not one for the faint-hearted.

                  13. Shiverpool Ghost Tour

                  Shiverpool certainly wins our award for the best name of any ghost tour in the UK. But this enjoyable experience doesn’t stop at the title. On the contrary, these tours have a National Tourism Award.
                  The tour takes you past some of Liverpool’s most historic (and haunted) streets, with a tour guide who’ll provide a captivating story of some of Liverpool’s most intriguing tales.
                  The tour is available to visitors all year round, and the organisers offer private tours too. While Shiverpool is a family experience, it may be unsettling for very young children.

                  14. Experience the Cavern Club

                  The Beatles Story might have a replica of the Beatle’s first venue, but did you know you can still visit the real thing? The legendary 65-year old Cavern Club maintains its status as a historic venue and still hosts live music even today.
                  The club is open seven days a week, with live music each afternoon and evening. While the club is ticket-only, you can also visit the pub and restaurant at the same venue.
                  The centrally-located club is easy to find on Mathew Street.

                  15. The Liverpool and Metropolitan Cathedrals

                  Impressively, Liverpool has two cathedrals worth adding to your itinerary when finalising your plans to visit Liverpool. The Liverpool and the Metropolitan.
                  For breathtaking architecture, wonder at the Anglican, Liverpool Cathedral. It’s the largest in the UK and eighth-largest across Europe.
                  The cathedral, built between 1904 and 1978, provides a tower tour that will allow you to see the city from 500 feet above sea level.
                  If the weather is promising, try their Thursday Twilight experience, where you may be lucky enough to see a stunning, panoramic sunset from high above the city.
                  In contrast, the Metropolitan is the Catholic cathedral of Liverpool. This cathedral, built between 1962 and 1967, is a unique futuristic architecture, sometimes nicknamed the “Wigwam”.

                  Check Out These Fabulous Things to Do in Liverpool

                  With a rich history, world-renowned culture, and fantastic fun, Liverpool has something to offer for all the family.

                  Now’s the ideal time to sign up for our Keetoo app and get started planning your trip. Choose from the many wonderful things to do in Liverpool for a truly unforgettable family break.

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