Christmas in the heart of London is one of the most spectacular times of year. Whether it's the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, the sparkling angels above Regent Street or the towering Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, every Londoner has something that signifies the start of Christmas for them.
We caught up with Claudia Duarte López, Groups & Events Manager at London Marriott Hotel County Hall to find out how the festive season is celebrated at its beautiful location overlooking the London Eye, River Thames and the iconic silhouette of Big Ben. Steeped in history and quintessentially British grandeur, a visit to London Marriott Hotel County Hall is a truly unique experience. Let's explore what makes this hotel stand out from the crowd and how to celebrate the festive season like a true Londoner…
The Festive Season at London Marriott Hotel County Hall
The 5-star hotel is transformed into a festive grotto with beautifully adorned Christmas trees, glistening bauble wreaths, and sparkling garlands during the festive season. The London Marriott Hotel County Hall team pride themselves on creating a magical atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy, with special surprises and festive treats popping up all over the hotel throughout their stay. Claudia explains: "Guests can enjoy a private dining experience overlooking the glittering lights of London or gather with family and friends for an extra special afternoon tea set in the newly refurbished Library."
Guests return year after year to spend Christmas together in their London home from home which speaks volumes about the incredible service that the London Marriott County Hall team offer.
For the party planners amongst you, choose from 12 Grade II listed event spaces with parquet flooring, elegant high ceilings, oak panelling and enchanting Christmas décor for your Christmas party with friends, family or colleagues.
Even regular visitors will tell you that London feels special at Christmas, whether it's the warm glow of lights, laughter filling the streets or the alluring aroma from hidden Christmas markets it really is something you need to experience for yourself. The winding streets of the West End all compete to be the best decorated in London so why not take a look whilst doing some Christmas shopping? With so many festive oddities and unique present ideas available, you'll need a second suitcase to get them all home! After a day of shopping and exploring, the theatre district is the perfect place to head - awash with pantomimes, ballet performances and award-winning musicals during the festive season, it's a fantastic way to start your Christmas celebrations.
New Year's Eve
Traditionally, New Year's Eve sees revellers bring in the New Year to the chimes of Big Ben and the midnight firework display. The hotel also hosts its marvellous New Year's Eve Gala which offers guests exquisite dining with a champagne reception and fabulous entertainment as well as an unrivalled view of the firework display which takes place directly outside the hotel. Claudia says that New Year's Eve is her favourite time of year at the hotel: "Seeing the fireworks so close is an incredible experience and it's so much fun seeing all the guests' reactions!"
London really comes into its own at Christmas, with locals and tourists celebrating together, drinking in the magical atmosphere. Whether you want to sip mulled wine in Winter Wonderland or watch the street performers in Covent Garden, there's always something happening in London! Pack your comfy shoes and explore everything on offer whilst knowing you can slip back into 5-star luxury at London Marriott Hotel County Hall at the end of a busy day.