Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park 2016 for your fastest fix of the Christmas spirit in London. Indulge in the annual gathering of winter markets, festive fairground rides, ice skating, grottos and glühwein galore. We've gathered up Winter Wonderland highlights from previous years and we'll update you with all the practical information you need to plan your visit to Hyde Park and fast track celebrating Christmas the London way.
When is Winter Wonderland 2016?
This year Winter Wonderland runs from Friday November 18 2016 - Sunday January 2 2017. Gates open at 5pm on the first night and the site will then be open daily between 10am-10pm (except Christmas Day).
Where is Winter Wonderland?
Winter Wonderland is held in Hyde Park. The nearest tube stations are Marble Arch, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria and Knightsbridge. Find out how to get to Hyde Park, London.
Is there an entry fee?
Entry to Winter Wonderland is FREE. Tickets for ice skating, the Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Circus, the Giant Wheel, Bar Ice, Cirque Berserk and the Sooty Christmas Show can be booked in advance now.
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Counter Vauxhall Arches
Venue says: 'The best thing that has happened to Vauxhall - possibly ever', Time Out. And now even better with new head chef Mahrez Loukal's new menu.
Like King’s Cross before it, dingy, dirty Vauxhall has long been a hub you pass through via tube, train or bus en route to somewhere better. But things are ever-so-slowly changing, as the railway arches and its surrounds become populated with restaurants of serious aspiration, alongside the area's numerous clubs. Counter is the smartest addition yet – a beautifully designed space with echoes of art-deco whose mirror-adorned walls and comfortable booths are picked out in grey, with warm yellow lighting creating a cosy vibe despite the industrial surrounds. Its premises span the entire length of one arch, but it’s been cleverly divided into two dining rooms so as not to feel cavernous. With the main entrance just yards from the tube and train exits, lots of punters are likely to be frustrated commuters who’ve missed their connection – and that’s what the long, four-sided bar is for, its upbeat cocktail menu peppered with local references, such as the Vauxhall Vesper. Once ensconced, there is much on the French/US brasserie-style menu to tempt you to stay longer. Everything we ate was commendable and well-meaning without blowing our socks off. A bulbous deep-fried duck egg with frisée, beetroot cubes and crunchy croûtons was a little overcooked on the inside, a little undercooked on the outside, while a small fillet of mackerel, though expertly cured in gin and lime, lacked flavour despite a scattergun salad of almonds, chard, cucumber and pear. A main course of beautifully t