Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park was a magical way to spend the afternoon on New Year’s Eve 2011.

Exploring the pretty craft stalls, listening to the shouts of joy from the ice rink, which looked particularly beautiful at dusk, tucking into delicious German sausages and enjoying a glass or two of hot mead – what better way to spend the day?

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Angels Christmas Market with numerous stalls selling beautiful hand-made crafts, delicious home-made mead….

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Hungarian chimney cake or for those with a big appetite, Lángos, a Hungarian fried bread topped with shredded cheese or sour cream….

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…all washed down by a mug of hot chocolate, mulled wine or cider, mead or perhaps a glass of viking blood (a German mead made with cherries and honey) or a pint at Santa’s Pub one of many fine drinking establishments in Winter Wonderland.

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Snow flakes whirled around us (and we couldn’t figure out where it was coming from as it wasn’t actually snowing!)

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Me againMore of my photographs of London at Christmas and New Year on Flickr.

This year’s Winter Wonderland is sadly over but I’m sure it will be back again next year. One of London’s Royal Parks, Hyde Park, covers over 350 acres and is well worth a visit any time of year. For more information visit Hyde Park.

London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks

London’s fireworks at midnight on New Year’s Eve are reputedly fabulous but I’ve never seen them for myself. So I’ve asked some Twitter friends who live in London where they would suggest you watch the fireworks from without being trampled! Here’s what they suggested.

1. Primrose Hill on the northern side of Regent’s Park as it has a great view of central London. Suggested by @wanderbliss

2. One of the bridges over the River Thames either side of the London Eye but be sure to get there early and take supplies! Suggested by @TheTravelHack and @Savoirthere

3. Book a table at one of London’s sky bar restaurants such as ‘Galvin at Windows’ on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane or ‘Minako at the Met’. Suggested by @HiltonSuggests

Have a happy, healthy and travel-filled new year!

 

 

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