Sole Traveling Mama loves London at Christmas and a stop at the Ritz to see the decorations is a family tradition. Gorgeous any time of the year, the Ritz becomes truly spectacular at Christmas! Their gilded Winter Wonderland is a feast for your eyes, as lavishly decorated trees with wrapped packages and golden pinecones abound throughout the salons, hallways, bar and dining room.
Opened in 1906, the Ritz has been welcoming in style a range of “A List” guests from the Aga Khan, to prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, Charlie Chaplin, Churchill and the drinking champagne from her slipper, Tallulah Bankhead!
Just go ahead and treat yourself to a classic high tea when you need a break from all that holiday shopping. It’s not just tea, it’s an event! Reservations are a must as is booking early. Last year Sole Traveling Mama had to book tea 5 weeks in advance for a December Wednesday! http://www.theritzlondon.com
Two other Christmas tea time favorites are The Savoy http://www.Fairmont.com and Claridge’s http://www.claridges.co.uk Both of these need to be booked far in advance as well during the holiday season.
And to work off all those calories from tea, head over to Somerset House for their seasonal outdoor ice skating rink. Skating in that beautiful setting around a Tifffany’s decorated tree is simply divine. Canary Wharf and the Natural History Museum will also have outdoor holiday rinks opening in December. You can review up to date information on opening hours and tarifs at http://www.viewlondon.co.uk
Cheerio and Happy Holidays!