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5 of the Best Eco-Friendly Christmas Activities to Do in London for Under £30

The most precious gift you can give someone is… time. So this year, forget stockings full of tat and bins full of plastic wrappings. Gifting experiences is where it’s at! Not only it will save the planet (and us) from drowning in ever more waste, but it will allow you and the special people in your life to share some extra-quality time together. Here are some of the best London-based festive experiences that won’t break the bank.

All the Festive Activities at City Island

London’s got a new outdoor Ice Rink! You can find it at the recently opened Hopewell Square, which also hosts artisan Christmas markets and a selection of festive workshops for all ages. They really went all in to offer the widest range of activities to cater for all tastes and ages. Want to learn how to create your very own eco-Christmas wreath, or make your own Kombucha? Fancy ceramic decorating or a festive art class? Or would you rather know how to make your own, sustainably-made crackers, or pom pom baubles for your Christmas tree?

For those who quite enjoy the festive tipple, they’ll be two Wine-tasting sessions, and Soul Shakers will delight the crowds with their Christmas Day Cocktail Masterclass. If you come with the whole family, don’t miss the Festive Winter Wonderland class for children under five years old and babies. It will be a sensory celebration for your mini-me, packed with music, movement, singing and dancing.

The English National Ballet’s Sinfonietta will be opening the festivities on Thursday 12th December, with a Nutcracker themed musical performance!

From the 12th to the 22nd of December
Closest Station: Canning Town
Ice Rink Adults General Admissions £8, Children £5.5 (FREE under the age of 5) Workshops info& Tickets here
Bookings available at London City Island

Walk like an Intelligencer

Ever wondered what it must be like to be a secret-service agent? The London Spy Walk can help you oil your undercover skills! All while absorbing hidden insights into buildings and monuments that you might have been oblivious to for years. Prepared to be shocked and stirred by stories of espionage, and to be covertly assigned with some highly-secret missions. Without revealing your cunning plans, you will have to find out information from friends and fellow travellers.. but who can be trusted? You’ll find out at the end of the tour.

David, tour guide and raconteur extraordinaire, was inspired by the homonymous scurrilous and irreverent guide through the underbelly of early 18th Century London. Let him entertain you and your loved ones through a journey of magic tricks, murders and poisoned princes, to reveal the darkest secrets hidden within the cobbled streets of our most glorious capital. Rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor by +100 people.

Starts at Bond Street Station ends near Trafalgar Square
Price from £18
Bookings available on Indytute.com or contact David directly
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Magical Tour for Muggles

If your Hogwarts letter got lost in the post, take some solace in this 2.5-hour tour of Harry Potter’s movie locations around town. Breath in the magic of the locations which inspired J. K. Rowling to write one of the best novel series of all time. Get knee-deep into the eeriness of the entrances to the Ministry of Magic and the Leaky Cauldron, and hear about the weird and wonderful inspirations for Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley.

As a small bonus, you’ll also uncover some London landmarks passed on the tour. All tours are conducted in small groups of a max 20 people.

Starts at Duke St. Hill, SE1 2SW near London Bridge Station
Price from £16.75
Bookings available on Trip Advisor
For all ages

Wednesday Night Fever with Disco Yoga

Get down to the funkiest mid-week party in town. It might not be the most traditional way to practice, but Yoga is about experiencing inner joy. And Disco Yoga at the Prince of Peckham helps you do just that, whilst shimmying off work-related stress to 80s bangers and Funk&Soul tunes.

Guaranteed to get your muscles pumping and to set your abs on fire, although that might also be due to the copious amounts of laughter. After the class, you’ll recharge with a smooth, tasty, superfood-inspired cocktail, included in the ticket price.

And for an extra tenner, you can attend their Brunch & Cocktail sessions at Bush Hall in West London.

Every 1st Wednesday of the month
Closest Stations: Queen’s Road Peckham and Peckham Rye
Price between £10 and £18
Bookings available on Disco Yoga

Up-cycle Your Garments

Is your wardrobe full of old unwanted stuff? Come down to the Boiler House on the 8th of December and learn how to turn it into something useful! With Agnes LDN you’ll discover new sewing skills and learn how to turn your unwanted clothes into grocery bags, helping you avoid plastic packaging. And helping you make great eco-gifts!

Sewing machines, equipment and spare garments will be provided, but you’re more than welcome to bring along any old garments you wish to upcycle. Fun patterns and instructions will be yours to take away after the workshop, so you can revel in some DIY upcycling at home.
The best part? No previous sewing experience required! So come one and come all! Learn some new eco-skills and enjoy conscious market vibes, plant-based food and drinks, and great tunes all day.

Closest Tube Station: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East
Price £30 (includes a drink from London’s first CBD bar. Soft & hot drinks and alcoholic options available)
Tickets on EventBrite
Family-friendly

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