I love Christmastime. There’s something so special about this time year, there’s magic in the air, and I love how christmassy London gets, which is why my husband and I always do a Christmas tour of the city so I can see all the gorgeous trees, lights, store windows and beautiful decorations dotted about the place. If you haven’t had time this year, or don’t live in London I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite places that are always on the tour, as well as few new spots that surprised me this Christmas season. I don’t know about you but I will be sad when all the twinkly lights are taken down.
So, what makes it onto my London at Christmastime tour?
Well, hotels are a great starting point, Claridges never disappoints and neither does The Ritz, and then you have The Connaught, which always opts for an alternative Christmas tree, last year they displayed Damien Hirst’s pharmaceutical Christmas tree complete with giant pill bottles. Don’t forget to see The Dorchester they always have fabulous decorations and Brown’s Hotel is always traditional and festive. They all don’t just have great decorations and trees most also do a festive afternoon tea, which is always a good idea.
In between hitting the hotels head to Bond Street to see the festive displays of the big luxury brands, I always love seeing Cartier all wrapped up and the windows at Tiffany’s. Check out all the big department stores, Selfridges always goes all out with its windows, as does Liberty’s and Harrods, just be prepared for the crowds, this year seemed so much more busier than usual I couldn’t even get close to snap a good photograph, but if I had to choose it would have to be Liberty’s Nutcracker scene that was my favourite. There’s something about the Nutcracker at christmastime it just always makes me smile.
So, we’ve done hotels, the shops, so what’s left, well all the incredible trees and there are a lot in London. Of course, everyone knows that there is one at Trafalgar Square but I always find it a little underwhelming, for me, I love the one at The Royal Exchange in the City, it’s always grand and a little quieter so you can get that magical shot, and the buildings around there are so beautiful. Then there is the incredible one at Leadenhall Market, the one in St James’ at Waterloo Place, the Covent Garden one that’s probably one of the biggest, and then there are gorgeous trees at Somerset House and the Natural History Museum next to my two favourite ice skating rinks. I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing a fabulous Chrismas tree!