A hop, skip & a jump from the ThamesWhere the magic happens
London is a huge city at the best of times, but in the festive season, there are glistening lights and twinkling trees tempting you everywhere.
So, which way do you turn?....... if you only have a few hours you’ll be amazed at what you can see.
The 14th century Leadenhall Market is a striking sanctuary in the City of London for 11 months of the year, but at Christmas time Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley is magical.
With Christmas trees peering down on all the boutiques and bars.
Christmas in the shadow of the TowerOne of London's Ice Rinks
Christmas by the ThamesDown by the river
If you've yet to discover London and its ancient history, then let's start planning. I find these DK Eyewitness Travel Guides invaluable. They're extremely informative, easy to follow, and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more of those fascinating sites.
You can now grab a recently revised copy of this guidebook, so you won't miss a thing.
Hidden Christmas in LondonSt Katharine Docks
Before you rush south across the bridge take a few steps back to the hidden oasis of St Katharine Docks.
The 45ft Christmas tree here is wonderful, set on a central pontoon floating in the middle of the dock. On the hour, the 14,000 twinkling lights and the 5ft star come alive.
Christmas on the SouthbankNow I’ll let you cross Tower bridge
Christmas everywhere in LondonHays Galleria
My Dad worked on the Thames as a Lighterman for many years, so this part of London always brings back happy memories to me.
Today the impressive glass vaulted ceiling gives you cover to shop and dine in stylish surroundings.
We have a little book on our shelves that we sometimes delve into when we're about to hit an area of London.
Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different regions of London, it's a great resource to help you see what's hidden in plain sight.
Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves London.
Lighting London at ChristmasThe Shard
One side of London at ChristmasKeeping south
Christmas in the Shadow of the Tate ModernOff to the Gallery
The Christmas Market at Tate Modern on Bankside returns for the 3rd year.
This lovely traditional style Christmas market is full of tempting goodies from candles, wooden toys, decorations, baubles and many other handmade items.
Christmas in the centre of the City of LondonSt Paul’s Cathedral
Strolling over the Millennium bridge heading north across the Thames, you are greeted with another iconic landmark.
The amazing St Paul’s Cathedral, in all its wonderful glory.
Short and sweet…just how I like my glühwein
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