Christmas in London always brings a smile to my face. The prospect of Christmas lights being installed on Oxford and Regent Streets, the dozen or so Christmas trees doted around London, and my favourite the release of festive drinks at coffee shops.
With so many activities going on all over London, i’ve put together a list of the top must things to do and see in London during this festive season.
Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
A favourite of mine the department store Fortnum & Mason. First established in 1707 the store store has built up the reputation of selling just about anything and everything. Marvel at the wonderful window displays outside and continue inside through the tea and confectionery floor to the spiral staircase leading down to the foodhall. Unlike your usual supermarket, the Fortnum’s foodhall is a wonder in itself. Delicious cheeses meats and pies right next to a bottle of vodka with a scorpion in it. (I wasn’t joking when I said you could find anything here). If you can pull yourself away from the foodhall long enough, then take a tour of the other floors, stopping at the Christmas shop on the 1st floor. You might even spot one or two celebrities.
If you can’t find that perfect gift at Fortnum & Mason, then Regent Street and Oxford Street are just around the corner.
After all that shopping you are bound to get a bit hungry, so head to Waterloo Southbank for array of different cuisines. During the festive season, the wooden chalet are installed, selling all kinds of yummy goodies. Take your pick from luxury vanilla cherry chocolates, Bailey’s Truffles, Pad Thai to halloumi chips. My tummy is rumbling just thinking about it.
No Christmas list in London would be complete without the mention of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. This place is literally Christmas contained in one. The rides, the food, mulled sine and as much Christmas songs as you can handle.
There s another honourable mention of the outdoor ice rink at the National Museum. There are many other outdoor ice rinks especially for this festive season. Somerset House ice rink is open until 14th January 2018. Greenwich Ice staking at the Old Royal Naval College next to the Cutty Sark is closes on the 31st December 2017. There is no better time to brush up on your skating skills than now.
So that’s it for my Christmas in London guide. Of course, I haven’t been able to cover all that is happening in London during this festive season, so if there is anything I’ve missed let me know in the comments.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!