By Alice Penwill

London is a beautiful and amazing city all year-round, but it becomes truly magical at Christmas and there is just no better place to be. From the skating rinks outside the Natural History Museum and Somerset House, to discounted tickets on theatre, there’s something out there for everyone. Here’s a roundup of what you can get up to in the next month –

Picasso Portrait Exhibition:

Calling all art buffs! The National Portrait Gallery will have on exhibition Picasso’s portraits till the 5th of February. Over eighty of the renowned artist’s portraits and cubist paintings will be on display, showcasing his entire career. Concessions on tickets are available for students so don’t miss your chance to see some of the world’s most famous paintings!

The Enchanted Woodland:

More of an outdoorsy person? Then take a relaxing stroll around The Enchanted Woodland! From the 18th of November to the 4th of December, the 600 year old gardens in Syon House & Park (Brentford End) will be lit up with lights in various festive and seasonal designs. Enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate or cider and it makes for a cosy and calm evening.

Sleeping Beauty:

Who doesn’t love a good pantomime? If you’re in the mood to see actors in whacky costumes and are ready for a laugh this winter, then it’s the place for you! From the 26th of November till the 8th of January a performance of Sleeping Beauty is on in the Hackney Empire. Written by Susie McKenna and Steve Edis, this show is bound to provide you with plenty of comedy and laughing sounds like a brilliant way to keep warm this winter.

Camden Christmas Market:

If you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and you’re on a student budget, then Camden Christmas Market is just the place for you. Open from the 17th of November till the 15th of December, entry is completely free! You’ll get the chance to peruse through unique stalls selling handmade goodies which make for perfect last-minute but cute and thoughtful Christmas presents. And whilst you’re there you can reward yourself with some of the area’s delicious street food.

Winter Wonderland:

And last but certainly not least, no London Christmas is complete without attending the annual Winter Wonderland! Hyde Park is the host of this exciting and fun Christmas experience. Between ice skating, visiting the grottos or grabbing some last-minute Christmas presents from the winter market there is certainly a lot to do. It’s a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit and it runs from the 18th of November all the way into the New Year ending on the 2nd of January.