Hotel Xanadu News Blog

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Where: Kew, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
22 November 2017 to 1 January 2018
About £20 depending on the date

Xmas at Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew Gardens returns once again to delight the whole family. This spectacular event started on 22 November and runs until 1 January 2018. As the sun sets over the bustling capital city, the glow of Christmas lights fills the horizon.

A mile-long enchanted journey awaits you at this popular after-dark Christmas extravaganza. Over one million lights have been used to create this ever-popular Christmas attraction. 

Your family and friends will love exploring the illuminated path around the beautifully established gardens. Start you adventure through hundreds of glowing orbs. Follow the winding course through the trees to the colossal Sledge Tree made of more than 360 wooden Santa’s sledges.

As you explore further down the spectacle, you will be surrounded by the Singing Trees before you arrive at the lake. Here you will enjoy an underwater display of lights and magic.

Every inch of the Kew Botanical Gardens has been blanketed by a stunning array of lights. Witness the luminous petals at the Great Broad Walk Borders before ending your journey with the spectacular light, music and water display in front of the iconic Palm House.

Wide-eyed children will be delighted by Santa and his elves performing pantos along the trail; there is also a ride on the Victorian carousel and the helter-skelter to enjoy.

Planning ahead
Christmas at Kew Gardens is one of the most magical experiences of the year. As you can imagine, this event is very popular and tickets are selling out fast. If you are planning your trip to our capital city, please plan ahead. Accommodation at this time of year is in high demand. Hotel Xanadu is perfectly located with quick access routes to all the Christmas festivities.

Contact us today to arrange your booking. +44 (0) 20 3011 1000 / [email protected]. We hope to see you soon.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Dates: From 17 November 2017 to 1 January 2018
Tickets: Mostly free of charge – activities cost a bit extra (but not much)
Opening Times: 10am to 10pm (except on 17 November, when it opens at 5pm). Winter Wonderland will be closed on Christmas Day.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park opened its doors on Friday 17 November 2017 and will remain the beacon of Christmas family fun until 1 January 2018. This year the attractions are bigger and better than ever before. Entry is free of charge, although you will need to pay individually for any rides or shows. There is so much to see and do including Winter Wonderland ice skating, big top shows and an observation wheel.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

The organisers have catered for everyone, young and old. If your kids are old enough, let them have a go on the carousel, helter-skelter and the run-around funhouses at the traditional fairground. Older children can strap in for an adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride. They will be able to spend their pocket money buying tokens for the various rides at dedicated token booths.

Plan ahead
As you can imagine, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is very popular and large numbers attend every day. If you are planning  your trip into London, why not stay more than one day? Hotel Xanadu is perfectly situated with quick access to all the action.

Contact us directly on: +44 (0) 20 3011 1000 / [email protected] /

Christmas Sale
This Christmas, Hotel Xanadu has a fantastic special offer. Stay with us for two or more consecutive nights between 22 and 27 December 2017 and get £15 off each of your nightly rate! To take advantage of this great offer, simply book directly with the hotel (ref: Christmas Sale). This special rate is non-refundable, cannot be cancelled and must be paid at the time of the booking.

Ealing Christmas Market
Ealing Broadway Centre, W5 5JY

Dates: Thursday 23rd November to Sun 24th December
Tickets: Free of Charge

Jingle all the way down to the Ealing Christmas Market, to be held at the Ealing Broadway Centre this year from Thursday 23 November to Sunday 24 December. This exciting event is hosted by Eat Me, Drink Me, West London’s finest organisers of markets and free events.

Ealing Christmas Market

This is the 2nd Ealing Christmas Market in the Ealing Broadway Centre. The organisers are eagerly waiting to hang the garlands and decorative Christmas lights. After the success of last years’ market, many of the traders will be returning to provide attendees with wonderful Christmas fare. For the true Christmas market experience, there will be a large selection of street food stalls and, of course, mulled wine.

Did you know that Eat Me, Drink Me will have their own stall and will display their goods at the Wonderland Collective shop? This beautifully decorated cabin features luxury, hand-crafted gifts, many of which you won’t find anywhere else in West London. Truly something for everyone.

The organisers are always happy to discover new traders and welcome anyone interested to contact them directly while there are still available lots.

As always, Father Christmas will be on hand at the weekends to take gift requests from all the kids – but only if they’ve been good😊. There is also an ice cave every day for the kids to enjoy.

Christmas markets don't get any better than this. For those of you who are travelling from out of town to peruse the delights of Ealing, please be aware that local accommodation will be in high demand this time of year. Hotel Xanadu is perfectly located, with quick access to all the fun Christmas activities in Ealing. To book please contact Hotel Xanadu directly: Tel: +44 (0) 20 3011 1000 / Email: [email protected]

Hotel Xanadu awarded 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Recognised as a Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travellers on the World's Largest Travel Site.

HOTEL XANADU today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

"Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Hotel Xanadu and we'd like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor," said Jana Weidlova, General Manager at Hotel Xanadu. "There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one's customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence."

"TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence," said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers."

Kase Sounds Music Video filmed at Hotel Xanadu.

Posted 2nd May 2014.

We are very Proud that 'Kase Sounds' chose Hotel Xanadu as the location for their latest single 'Cover Me'. Play the video below and enjoy the music! We hope to see you at our hotel soon.