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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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Exactly one week prior to the big day, I headed off to London to visit Winter Wonderland. I’ve always been aware of all of the hype surrounding Winter Wonderland, but have never found the time to visit during previous Christmas periods. I always love visiting the big city and had a wonderful day, but want to share the highs, lows, and which aspects are worth spending your heard earned money on at this event during the most expensive month of the year.

You Need to go to…

Bar Ice is a total novelty event. The clue is in the name and Bar Ice is quite literally a whole bar, walls, glasses and all, made of ice. Its a very cool (no pun intended) experience and its so fun to just do something completely out of the ordinary. Pre-booking any event also means that you get fast track access into Winter Wonderland itself, so a shorter queue is an added bonus!

Winter Wonderland
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Thor’s Tipi Bar is the perfect way to warm your fingers after wandering around a frosty Winter Wonderland. A warm and cosy bar with a host of different festive drink options and a couple of atmospheric fire pits. Thor’s was one of the highlights of my Winter Wonderland experience.

Winter Wonderland
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Don’t Bother With…

Observation Wheel. We paid £45 for a private pod but really needn’t have as they seemed to only be allocating four people to a pod anyway. The queue was roughly a ten minute wait, the pod was rocking and the doors didn’t close properly. It wasn’t the most enjoyable experience and it was absolutely freezing! It wasn’t terrible but definitely not worth the wait or the money.

There is a Bratwurst stall around every corner. I was so excited about trying these but my expectations were too high. They’re literally a chewy version of the American style hot dogs that come in a can! I tried a little of Jamie’s and was glad I didn’t get my own because it was so underwhelming.

Winter Tree
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In summary I had a wonderfully festive day which began at Covent Garden and ended at Selfridges. I hope that everyone else is enjoying their run up to Christmas! If you’ve been to Winter Wonderland what are your favourite attractions?

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  • Reply Thediaryofellie

    Lovely post x

    December 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply nudepinkorblack

    This sounds so festive! X

    December 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply caitlincx

    I loved it when I went last year… Bar ice is good, but yes cold haha! But the magical ice kingdom is like -17 so you pay so much money to get out as quickly as you can ?

    December 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Oh goodness, I’m glad I decided to give that one a miss then! The Ice Bar was cold enough for me haha!x

      December 24, 2017 at 9:18 am
      • Reply caitlincx

        Yeah was a bit disappointed ?

        December 24, 2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply bostonbookreader

    I’ve heard ice bars are so fun!

    December 23, 2017 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply glowsteady

    I’m so desperate to go to Bar Ice, maybe next year! x


    December 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Its definitely worth a visit just because its such a unique experience!x

      December 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply irusja11

    The pictures are amazing! Merry Christmas:)

    December 26, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thanks so much! I hope you’ve had a good one x

      December 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply bournemouthgirl

    I have always wanted to go to the ice bar and winter wonderland, always look so cool. Great post, thank you for sharing! May give the wheel a miss then! Hope you had a great Christmas!

    December 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Its such a great experience, definitely glad we got to do it! I hope you did too lovely!x

      December 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply sarahjuneblog

    I loved reading this post! It looks and sounds festive!
    xo |

    December 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Hiro

    Ew! Hot dogs aren’t bratwursts! What a disappointment! So cool there are annual festivities in London! In NYC we have annual holiday markets that spring up in parks, some with things like huge trees and ice rinks, but we don’t have stuff like pop up freeze bars or a carousel! I mean, I get it, NYC is too crowded for a carousel…but would be amazing to have something that you can go on to see the whole city’s night scape!
    Happy holidays!!!

    December 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Exactly! It is pretty cool, NYC at Christmas is the dream though, it must be amazing, definitely on my bucket list to revisit NY over the holidays! I hope you’ve had a great time x

      December 27, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Happy Mentality

    Love this! ❤

    December 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Dominique

    I don’t think we have something like a Winter Wonderland here. I know they used to put up stalls in Amsterdam alongside the shopping centre in ‘German’ style (like you see at those Christmas markets) WITH bratwursts on every corner, but I don’t think they do that any more. However they do still put up this massive ice rink at Museumplein (Museum square, literally the square which connects all the big museums), but that’s certainly no real contender… A gap in the market! Perhaps you could import all those good bits of Winter Wonderland (that ice cube bar sounds fascinating) and treat us Dutchies next year on some winter wonder! 😉


    December 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Aleeha

    Ooh £45… that is quite expensive haha!
    Aleeha xXx

    December 28, 2017 at 12:20 am
  • Reply aumlifestyle

    Felt like winter wonderland was overcrowded with things to do this year and too many rides but great suggestions ??

    January 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply December Favourites – Sophie Hearts

    […] can read about this in more depth here, but I had the best and most festive day, and loved wandering around looking at all of the […]

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