Have Yourself a Merry Little London Christmas at These 6 Hotels

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Ever since Charles Dickens immortalized London as the 1840’s setting of the classic A Christmas Carol, ye olde English capital has been the world’s most ideal place to celebrate a traditional Yuletide. Just being in London’s city center in the wintertime elicits nostalgic excitement thanks to the cheerful buzz on the streets, in the shops, the restaurants, at the special holiday productions and with the warm holiday hospitality of hoteliers who delight in creating special feasts, experiences and memories for guests.

From early November through New Year’s Day, "The City Square Mile” is decked out in lights and garlands, especially the lively West End. Grand department stores on Oxford and Regent Streets are filled with special merchandise and displays—including Harrods’ famous Christmas Grotto enabling meet-n-greets with Kris Kringle himself—while pop-up Christmas markets feature hand-crafted gifts and specialty foods for the season. Skaters glide in the ice rink at the Natural History Museum, the English National Ballet performs Nutcracker, and costumed carol singers circle the imposing Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square. For a good giggle, Monty Python-worthy silliness ensues with events like the Great Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden.

Egerton House
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Egerton House Hotel

There’s a powerful sense of wonder about London at Christmastime, and nowhere more so than in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge at the five-star Egerton House Hotel. In a city of world-class hotels, the Egerton proudly has been ranked #1 in the UK for exceptional service. In the holiday spirit, the hotel is offering an Egerton Wonderland package from now until February 28 for a two-night stay with full English breakfasts, a festive welcome cocktail and afternoon tea, and an around USD $125 Harrods voucher. Bringing your first-class pooch along? The Egerton has all sorts of holiday toys and treats for him too, plus dog-sitting and special dining menus. If you stay on Christmas Eve, try to book the Victoria & Albert Suite, a perfect choice thanks to its cheery red décor and private garden terrace which assures easy access for Santa and his sleigh.

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The Chesterfield Mayfair

Travelers wishing to be near the glittering shops of Bond Street, Regent Street, and Piccadilly, The Chesterfield Mayfair, adjacent to Berkeley Square, also offers a holiday package. The Winter Wonderland promotion includes a two-night stay, a warming glass of mulled wine or mug of the ultimate hot chocolate on arrival, full English breakfast daily, a festive Afternoon Tea and complimentary movies. For spacious, old-world pampering, you can't go wrong with the formal Stanhope Suite or Duchess Suite.

Rubens at the Palace
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Rubens at the Palace

Christmas is an extremely special time at Rubens at the Palace, which takes its tasteful decorating and menu-planning very seriously. The excitement here builds on Christmas Eve when a fantastic four-course menu is served in the two AA Rosette awarded Library Restaurant. Decorated to the nines for the holidays, the club atmosphere is complemented by award-winning English and international cuisine and the finest wines. For an even more intimate eve, private parties can celebrate in style with personalized decorations in smaller dining rooms, and dine on a customized menu with main options that include Gressingham duck, Bolton Estate lamb, plus, naturally, traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Guests can even book their own live music or entertainment and do as the English do on such occasions: pop poppers, sing loudly and eat heartily. That goes for Christmas Day too, when lunch (prime roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, anyone?) is served in the rich Old Masters dining room.

hotel 41
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Hotel 41

Guests staying nearby in Belgravia at the award-winning Hotel 41 also won’t have a chance to go hungry during the holidays. From arrival to departure, the kitchen staff provides guests with complimentary treats to drink and graze all day from the Champagne-trolley welcome to an afternoon tea to evening canapés and permission to raid the pantry for nibbles until 1 a.m. The selection is special for the holidays so you can count on roasted meats, fresh-baked breads and mince pies to keep dreams of sugarplum fairies dancing in your head, especially if you've booked the Conservatory Master Suite where a glass ceiling lets you watch for flying reindeer before dozing beneath twinkling stars.

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Conrad London St. James

The modern and sophisticated Conrad London St. James offers the perfect solution for holiday gift-giving with its Christmas Shoping Experience that escorts suite guests for a day of shopping in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes (it’s the next best thing to Rudolph who’s otherwise occupied). Get ready for the ultimate in London VIP shopping, with door-to-door delivery to Elizabeth Street for unique finds at boutique shops. Then head to the WEst End and shop some of the city's best department stores like Selfridges and Liberty before heading to Penelope Chilvers for tailored slippers. Continue on to the East End for a fashion-forward experience with stores like Mast Brothers Factory & Store, Aesop, Huntergather, and A.P.C. 

Montague on the Garden Hotel
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The Montague on the Gardens

At The Montague on the Gardens, festive dining takes on a whole new meaning when the Garden Grill is magically transformed into the Montague Ski Lodge, complete with pine trees, falling snow, ski racks, reindeer, snowmen and fairy lights. The Blue Door Bistro serves a traditional holiday menu. Christmas lunch welcomes guests with Champagne, followed by a five-course Christmas banquet with a Terrace Bar pianist tickling the ivories for Silent Night sing-alongs. For the ultimate experience, a Group Christmas Party Pass includes cocktails, lunch or dinner and private use of the Ski Lodge. Actual skiing not included.

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is a longtime Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, and luxury goods and experiences. She is Editor at Large for The Awesomer, Rides & Drives, Pursuitist, 95 Octane, and Technabob, and reports for Atlas Obscura, Connect, The Daily Meal, Lonely Planet, Prevue, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler Guestbook, Where Traveler Magazine, Baltimore Su...(Read More)

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