Spending Christmas eve in London?
An evening of Christmas carols is a surefire way to get into the festive mood. If by Christmas Eve you're still feeling more like the Grinch than Santa, head to one of London's carol services for a candlelight, music and as many Christmas songs as you can handle.
Whether you dance on ice like Christopher Dean or simply scramble around like Bambi, the capital's outdoor ice rinks are some of the most magical locations you'll see all season. Perfect Christmas Eve fun, book your skating session before the rinks pack up for the year.
Perfect for picking up stocking fillers and decorations, Christmas markets are also great places to wine and dine on festive foodstuffs. It's hard to not stuff yourself silly before the big day as mulled wine and cider, craft beer, fine cheeses, chocolate, candy floss and mince pies all line the stalls at the capital's best Christmas fairs.
If you're not one of the smug shopppers who finished their present-buying back in October, Christmas Eve may well involve a mad dash along Oxford Street. Guiding you in the right direction is our run-down of the capital's best shops for gifts, stocking fillers and decorations.
There's more Christmas fun at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland than you can shake a foot-long Toblerone at. Santa's grotto, ice skating, mulled wine bars, candy cane stalls and fairy light-lit funfair rides – head here on Christmas Eve and it'll feel like Christmas has come a day early.
See our full guide to Christmas in London
This Holborn Italian has many of the hallmarks of a traditional trattoria: it's family-run, the menu is full of recognisable regional dishes and they do a good line in authentic pizza. Well, there's a ham and pineapple option but there has to be some concession to the palates of its adopted nation, right? Elsewhere on the menu it's starters of Parma ham and melon, bruschetta and antipasto misto alongside spaghetti alla puttanesca, linguine Genovese, gnocchi al formaggi and risotto di mare. Secondi options include bistecca di manzo, veal milanese and salsiccia toscana. And the pizzas? Napoli, marinara, rustica, calzone, piccante and the tropicana, should you want to veer from tradition.
Venue says: “L'Osteria 57 is happy to announce that we are offering 10% off on all take away food!”