Last-Minute Merriment: A Luxury London Christmas

February 16, 2023

How’s this for a nightmare scenario? The Christmas countdown is whittling down from days to hours, and the expectations of friends and family grow keener by the second. But, due to lack of time, the total of your preparations for Christmas Day amounts to an expired jar of cranberry sauce and a tangled string of fairy lights. 


Don’t throw in the towel yet, because there’s still time to treat yourself to a Christmas that’s memorable for all the right reasons. Just start with the basics – and the fact that nobody covers the ‘basics’ more sumptuously or effortlessly than luxury hotels in London England


Unwrap the best of everything

Among all the city’s finest hotels, Blue Orchid Hotels’ trio of central London establishments – Tower Suites, The Rochester and The Wellington – stand out as ideal choices for a Christmas stay. At Tower Suites, you can celebrate the season just a stone’s throw from the iconic Tower of London – and enjoy evocative views of the city from a range of luxurious, contemporary-style suites with accommodations from two to four. Each comes with thoughtful touches like Wi-Fi, smart TV, and 24-hour room and concierge service. But that’s only the start of what makes Tower Suites a truly remarkable experience.



Another reason to book a hotel near tower bridge London UK, is the famous views, for example, it only gets better from the high-altitude outdoor terrace of the acclaimed Skyline London. Here, you can enjoy a vista that sweeps from the Tower of London to Tower Bridge, the Shard and beyond, all while relaxing with a variety of cocktails and edibles from Tower Suites’ five-star restaurant, Cento allo Torre.


Relaxation and radiant health are the names of the game at another Tower Suites exclusive – Adamo Spa. Just the thing for recovering from a particularly merry Christmas Day (or extra-happy New Year’s Eve). Alternatively, keep the celebration flowing in the sophisticated ambience of the Sapphire Bar.


The Wellington and The Rochester offer guests a whole different kind of luxury – and just as many celebratory possibilities. Located in the quiet, picturesque Vincent Square, both hotels are within walking distance of such can’t-miss sites as Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, the retail wonderlands of Knightsbridge, and the splendour of Buckingham Palace. 


Though the look and feel are more traditional than that of Tower Suites, The Wellington and The Rochester offer a similar level of in-room tech – and every bit as much in-room comfort, for occupancies ranging from two to four. In contrast to the Skyline Lounge, The Wellington’s open-air venue is more garden-like, with the Wellington Alfresco overlooking Vincent Square. It offers an all-day menu ranging from snacks to satisfying meals to accompany a wide choice of cocktails and other beverages. It’s complemented by the cosy indoor Wellington Restaurant, and The Vegan Brasserie nearby – the latter offering an innovative new menu of healthy but scrumptious delights.


Making it all yours

What makes the Blue Orchid trio a true Christmas Day destination is their ability to host parties of virtually any size up to 250. Tower Suites alone offers 10 spaces, with 11 more at The Wellington and The Rochester. Served by a professional in-house staff, each can be trimmed and outfitted to your precise party needs – including catering. Special Christmas packages include room hire, dining options and discounted guestroom rates. Email for more information.


Even if partying isn’t on your Christmas to-do list, there may be another package that makes Blue Orchid one of the best hotel deals, London. Shop and Stay in Style includes a one-night stay for two at Tower Suites, dinner for two at Cento Alla Torre, 20% off spa treatments at Adamo Spa, and – last but certainly not least – a range of exclusive offers and discounts from world-class brands at Covent Garden. This alluring special offer starts at just £179. Visit this link for more information and bookings.


Whether you’re in town for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or just to get away, there’s a special deal to suit your needs in style. Visit this link for a closer look and to make your London hotel booking.


Celebration all around you

In London, Christmas doesn’t stop on Christmas Day. By staying at a Blue Orchid Hotel, you’re within easy reach of a dose of holiday spirit that shines brightly into the New Year. Try a few of these to add that extra sparkle to the season:


To 30 December

The golden age of the circus comes to life as the acrobats, strongmen, high-wire artists and contortionists of Circus 1903 take to the ring at Eventim Apollo. For details and tickets see here.


To 31 December

Take in a thousand years of never-before-seen artworks and other treasures at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey. For more information and tickets see this link.


To 31 December

Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Royal Ballet present The Nutcracker – the enchanting Christmas favourite for all ages. For more information and booking


To 31 December

The Wind in the Willows Wilton’s, Piers Torday’s new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, presented by Wilton’s Music Hall. Follow this link to the website booking page and use the discount code: BLUE15


31 December

Book your tickets to get the best views of London’s New Year’s Eve 2022 fireworks along the Thames. For details and bookings see this link.


31 December

Watch the fireworks while browsing through five floors of dining options, nightclubs, bars and live music at the Royal Festival Hall’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular. For information and tickets.


31 December

Missed out on fireworks tickets? Don’t despair, because a New Year’s Eve party cruise offers some of the best views as well as a DJ, dancing, and fully licenced fun. Follow this link for details and bookings.


To 1 January

Dive into a varied programme of joyous singalongs, concerts, carols ad performances at Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at The Barbican. For more information and booking, here


1 January

Find a place in Piccadilly, Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall and start the New Year with the grand London’s New Year’s Day Parade. Starts at noon. Details here


To 1 January

Horrible Histories Live and its wicked river tour. Climb aboard at Tower Bridge Quay. Close to the iconic Tower of London and one of the best-placed hotels in London, Tower Suites. 


To 2 January

Fairground thrills, circus performances, ice skating and Christmas markets are just some of the charms to be had at Winter Wonderland 2022 in Hyde Park. For details and bookings.  


To 3 January

The historic beauty of Covent Garden takes on a frosty twinkle during Christmas in Covent Garden. The programme includes snowfalls, lights, an awesome 60ft Christmas tree, and out-of-this-world shopping and dining. Find out more at this link


To 8 January

Ice skating against the spectacular Tudor backdrop of Hampton Court Palace. For details and booking.


To 8 January

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, one of the UK’s favourite stories returns: for ages 6 and up at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. “Spellbinding” (Telegraph), “Uplifting” (FT), “Magical” (Guardian). Drury Lane WC2.


To 8 January

Stroll the Thames’ south bank and enjoy the South Bank Centre’s Winter Festival. Music, art, performances, and cosy wooden chalets bursting with global cuisine, warming drinks and gorgeous gift ideas. Find out more


To 8 January

Christmas at Kew: Come to the famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for an evening tour enlivened with special light and projection effects. For details and tickets.


To 8 January

If shopping in a festive atmosphere is your thing, strike out to Oxford Street – one of the world’s top retail thoroughfares – to take in 'a sky full of stars’, an amazing illumination that includes 750,000 LED lights and nearly 2,000 snow globes. For more information.


To 15 January

A neoclassical courtyard complete with a 40ft Christmas tree is the setting for the Somerset House ice rink. Also available: everything from hot chocolate to champagne to fine dining. For details and booking


To 15 January

Young ones will be fascinated to see Harry Potter film sets transformed for the winter season at Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros studio in London. For information and bookings.