Stand aside Ebenezer, let the revelries begin!
If you don’t mind wrapping up warm over Christmas, then I personally believe that there is no better place to be enchanted than London over the festive celebrations.
It has something for everyone and every age, and we’re not just talking about the believers, non-believers are welcome here too.
The half-timbered buildings take you back to Dickensian times.
You can ice skate by the Tower of London, run amok in Hamley's toy store and indulge in the elegant shopping district around London’s West End.
Who knows who you’ll bump into.
Discover London at ChristmasSo where do you start?
Tower of London ice rink at ChristmasA great historic setting
Somerset House ice rinkLondon's Best Christmas Ice Rink?
The best of London at ChristmasLet’s hit the streets
As I mentioned so many of London’s streets are festooned with decorations, however, there are always the key streets and lanes that you must head to.
One of my favourite areas is Covent Garden, there’s always so much going on. Street entertainers, carols being sung and quirky gifts for sale on the market stalls.
Although saying that, last year we strolled around Seven Dials at Christmas and that was really charming.
A lot of the shops are boutiques or one-off stores, so the windows decorations are a little different.
Stylist London at ChristmasThe old favourites
Shopping in London at ChristmasThe perfect gift
I know I keep saying you must see this, you must see that, but, there are so many parts of London that make this incredible city so enchanting.
Take the stylish arcades of Burlington, Piccadilly and the Royal Arcade. These are wonderful all year round, however, at Crimbo time they take your breath away with their elegance.
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.
Christmas by the River ThamesDown by the river-side
Exploring London at ChristmasMore we loved
Also, St. Paul’s Cathedral is such an icon to this magnificent city.
I worked by St. Paul’s for 24 years, so this place holds some lasting memories for me.
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.
More of London at ChristmasAfternoon Tea
If those feet are now becoming weary, give them a rest at the Ritz hotel and partake in afternoon tea in style.
Or like my mum and me, jump on an old-style double-decker bus and enjoy an afternoon tea while touring the London streets?
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