London at Christmas


It’s that time of year where some of the most popular, well known West-End shows re-appear for the festive season, and the Christmas lights are a sight you don’t want to miss. From ice rinks to Christmas markets, whatever takes your fancy, London is the place to be for the festive month.

Here are a few ideas for you to get out and make the most of London at Christmas…

1. Winter Wonderland


Located in the heart of London in Hyde Park, is the ever-popular Winter Wonderland.

For over 10 years, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London, becoming a landmark event. Winter Wonderland has grown into a wide extravaganza with ice-skating, shows, roller coaster rides and attractions, street food stalls, festive bars and live music, with 2018 hoping to be one the best years yet!

The Wonderland is open now and will be open all the way up until 6th January 2019. It’s open every day from 10am-10pm (apart from Christmas Day), and is free to enter! So, even if you don’t plan to spend a lot of money you can still enjoy the Christmas atmosphere for not a single penny!

2. Ice Skating


Nothing says winter is here more than ice-skating, and London is home to various ice-skating rinks at this time of year. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, it’s an activity that nearly everybody loves! Some of the most iconic ice skating rinks in London include:

  • Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park – until 6th January 2019
  • Natural History Museum – until 20th January 2019
  • Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park – until 16th February 2019
  • Skyline skating at John Lewis, Oxford Street – until 6th January 2019

3. Christmas Markets

From festive gifts to mulled wine, the Christmas markets always prove to be popular with gift ideas and tasty foods. And once again if you’re looking to spend the minimal this Christmas, the markets deliver a festive atmosphere and a fun day out.

Here are some popular festive markets you can visit this year:

  • Winter Wonderlands Angels market
  • Southbank Centre Winter Festival and Christmas market
  • Camden Market’s Christmas Takeover
  • Christmas by the River at London Bridge

4. Shows

Whether it’s a classic West-End show or a seasonal pantomime, a trip to the theatre is one of the most popular activities in the city around this time of the year.

With a whole host of theatres to choose from including, the Royal National Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Cambridge Theatre and the Prince Edward Theatre, there’s something for everyone.

5. Christmas Lights


London is a magical place at Christmas as the streets light up and the amazing display of Christmas lights illuminate the skies around the city. There are some popular areas for Christmas lights that many Londoners and tourists love to visit every year. Here are just a some of them:

  • Oxford Street – until 6th January 2019
  • Kew Gardens – until 5th January 2019
  • Regent Street – until 5th January 2019
  • London Zoo Light Trail – until 1st January 2019

All of the above are just a selection of some of the things you can do if you’re in London over the festive period. No matter what you’re doing, we hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy a well-deserved break from your studies.

If you have any questions about our student accommodation and living with Host at The Hive for the 2019/20 academic year, contact us and our friendly team will be happy to help.

5 must-dos before you head home for Christmas


Whether it’s your first or final year at university, it’s probably been a quick and busy term with a mad last-minute rush to get those final assignments in on time. And now term is finishing, all you can think about is packing your bags and making your way back home for the holidays. But before you leave your student accommodation, there are a few things you should remember to do:

1. Lock up
It might seem an obvious one, but if your hands are full as you juggle bags and presents, and your mind is set on getting home, it’s surprising how easy it can be to forget to shut the windows and lock the door behind you. So, remember to double check everything is locked and secure on your way out.

2. Switch off
As you finish university for the holidays, it’s the perfect time for you to switch off and enjoy a well-earned break. But you should also remember to switch off any electrical appliances such as laptops, TVs, and chargers, as well as turning the lights off in your room before you leave.

3. Clear out
Before you leave, it’s worth checking your fridge and throwing away any perishable food – the last thing you’ll want to come home to is a fridge full of mouldy food. And if you’re throwing it in the bin, don’t forget to empty the bins and take your rubbish out – unless you want to return to a stinking kitchen in the New Year.

4. Keep it clean
If you’ve got a basket full of washing piling up in the corner of your room, it’s best to get it all washed and cleaned before you go. They’ll be nothing worse than having had a relaxing couple of weeks at home and the first thing you’ve got to do when you arrive back at your accommodation is washing because you’ve got nothing clean to wear. Plus, the smell of dirty, damp clothes won’t be the most welcoming upon arrival back to your room. Alternatively, you could always take your dirty washing home!

5. Say goodbye
Ok, so it’s not forever, and you’ll be back soon enough, but you should still let your fellow residents and friends know when you’re heading home. You’ve spent the past few months together seeing each other day-in, day-out – it’s going to be a little weird without them there every day. Say goodbye and let them know when you’re back so you can plan a get together to catch up on all the gossip.

And most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your break and take time out to recoup, so you’re ready and raring to go for the next semester in the New Year.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for 2018, look no further than The Hive. For more information please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550 or email