Christmas in London is irresistible
Last Christmas Gary and I popped to London for a few hours to enjoy the festivities around Tower Bridge and along the Southbank of the Thames.
We were amazed that within a reasonably short distance how much fun could be had and the effort the locals had gone to, to show off London at its best.
So, after our annual pilgrimage in early December 2017, to visit some European Christmas markets, we decided to pop to London again and discover the delights around the West End.
Discover London at ChristmasGo where the lights take you
In some ways, it’s probably best that you don’t really have a specific route in mind.
There are so many sparkling lights & trees alluring you, that you just keeping wandering to wherever tempts you the most.
Find your accommodation
London's Christmas Ice RinkSomerset House
The hosts for this year’s event are Fortnum & Mason, so no expense has been spared.
Somerset House is a lovely place to visit all year around, and you may also recognise it from it from various film locations (particularly the opening credits of Love Actually).
The best of London at ChristmasOff to the Garden
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.
The streets of London at ChristmasSeven Dials
Leicester Square at ChristmasOnto the movies
Our next stop at ChristmasTrafalgar Square
Exploring London at ChristmasWhere the lights take you
Point to note
Stylist London at ChristmasSophisticated Arcades
Who could resist this stylish part of the city, I just love the arcades that cut through the centre and offer a shopping experience like no other.
‘Piccadilly Arcade’ from Jermyn Street to Piccadilly, ‘Burlington Arcade’ from Piccadilly to Burlington Gardens and ‘The Royal Arcade’ which runs from Albermarle Street to Old Bond Street.
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.
Regent Street at ChristmasA display like no other
Shopping in London at ChristmasThe merchants
More of London at ChristmasWhat also caught our eye
Narrowing down the photos for this post was tricky, as there was so much that grabbed our attention.
Here are a sneaky few more;
Another short and sweet tour of Christmassy London
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