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Kick off the festive season in style at The Royal Exchange later this month. Head over to The Royal Exchange on the 20th of November and be dazzled by the Christmas lights.

The Royal Exchange was built in 1565 by Sir Thomas Gresham as a stock exchange. Unfortunately, the building was destroyed twice by fire in 1666 and 1838 - but luckily it was rebuilt in 1844. The Royal Exchange is considered one of London's grandest and most iconic buildings, and was occupied by the Lloyd's insurance market for nearly 150 years. It is now home to several luxury shops and restaurants.

On the 20th of November, a tree-lighting ceremony will take place at The Royal Exchange, and it's not to be missed. If it's anything like previous years, you can expect a huge tree at the front of the building, which will be over 20 feet tall and adorned with colourful lights and baubles. The lights will be switched on by a mystery celebrity guest (in 2019 it was Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey and in 2018 it was Claudia Winkleman).

Throughout the evening visitors will be treated to mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. There'll also be carol singers and special masterclasses, such as photography and biscuit decorating. While you're at The Royal Exchange, you'll have the opportunity to browse the shops and find Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Take your pick from high-end brands like Aspinal of London, Church's, Hermès, Ladurée and Tiffany & Co.

More information about The Royal Exchange can be found on the website.
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Where: The Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3LL
Cost: Free
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