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Top Tips: Five festive places to visit in London this Christmas

Last week, we brought you ten great things to do with the kids at Christmas – nationwide. This week, we’re focusing on us grown ups and right here in London. James Congdon, the guy who brought us the ever-so popular ‘Five ways to spend Easter in the capital’ – has come up with his list of the top five ways to spend Yule Tide in the big smoke.

Get a heads for heights this festive season

Treat you and somebody special to a magical night flight over some of London’s most iconic land marks (and of course, the beautiful Christmas lights). You’ll get in to take in the awe inspiring views from a powerful twin-engine helicopter – and you’ll even have a chance for some photos afterwards. Reasonably priced at under £200, this would make for the ideal pre-Christmas gift.

A cheeky afternoon tea at Harrods

Let’s be honest, this isn’t something any of us would be doing every day, but when battling the hordes of  hurried shoppers, why not treat yourself to a traditional treat in the form of some yummy Harrods afternoon tea. Available with a selection of tasty cakes, you’ll enjoy the ambiance of a historic Georgian restaurant that dates back to when this iconic shopping mall was first built.

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Walking in a winter Wonderland…

Truly make your Christmas this year with a family visit to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.  Critics have already touted this year to be the best yet – with fantastic attractions on offer including the world famous Zippos Circus and a crowd drawing ice rink.

Go and have a look at the Christmas decorations on Carnaby Street

Team Carnaby have teamed up with The Rolling Stones for the 2012 Christmas installations.

The decorations themselves are made up of huge 3D spheres hanging across Carnaby Street. These comprise of gold and silver vinyl records emblazoned with the band’s world famous album covers and artwork.

Rollling Stones Christmas Lights at Carnaby Street London

Take to kids to see Santa at a choice of magical grottos

Quite how he manages to be in so many places at once is a mystery. But, you’ve a selection to choose from and the kids will love it. From Hyde Park to Westfield and a range of other top locations – it’ll be a great festive treat for the little ones – and probably you too!

So there you have it. A delectable smorgasbord of Christmas treats, especially for you. Let us know if you try any of them out!

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