January 4, 2019

Christmas in London: How I spent the festive period in the capital

Christmas in London is absolutely beautiful so when it came to deciding where to spend the festive period this year, it was the obvious choice.

That and the fact that my housemates were all away, made it the perfect bargain break.

For the past couple of years, we’ve been alternating where we spend our Christmasses. One year at home, another somewhere else.

We didn’t intend for that to happen but that’s just the way it’s gone.

As soon as it hits December, London begins to sparkle with all of the decorations.

Last week, I decided to take the camera around the capital to capture some of the beautiful decorations in the capital, from The Boltons to the ice skating rink outside the Natural History Museum.

The Boltons did look absolutely gorgeous as you can tell by the sheer number of pictures I took!

Christmas Eve in the ‘room where it happens’

One of the main reasons we ended up spending Christmas in London is because we booked tickets to see Hamilton!

We usually go to the cinema on Christmas Eve so this was an extra treat. Of course, I had to work in the morning, but was able to leave just in time to make the matinee performance.

I absolutely love the soundtrack to Hamilton and it’s been on repeat ever since. I had to stop myself from singing along to the big hits like Aaron Burr, Sir.

And oh my word. I cry every time at one certain segment in the show (no spoilers, I promise!).

Then when the show was over, we wandered through Victoria where I found a walkway with flashing lights, before ending up trying to find an open Marks and Spencers on Christmas Eve – I can tell you now, it did not go well.

After the failed ‘discover an open M&S’ mission, we walked all the way back to my flat and discovered the Golden Arches, sparkling in the sky and grabbed dinner there. Stay classy. (Bargain though, mind.)

Gorging on cake on Christmas Day

After having a bit of a lie in and opening presents, it was time to head out of the flat and into central London.

With tubes and buses not running, we had to walk everywhere. In fact, by the end of the day, we’d walked 14 miles!!

We stopped off in a few coffee shops that were open along the way and decided to go to Westminster Abbey to see what was going on there.

It was absolutely packed! We stayed for one of the Christmas services.

Once we were done there, we wandered through Horse Guard’s Parade and over to Piccadilly Circus which was again absolutely packed with people.

I genuinely couldn’t believe how busy London was on Christmas Day!

And then it was time to head to the Ritz – the afternoon’s main events.

We’d managed to get a spot for afternoon tea at their last sitting. It was a special themed afternoon tea with champagne and a visit from Father Christmas himself!

My favourite moment during the afternoon tea? The moment the waiter told us everything was refillable.

It was like hitting the cake jackpot. I don’t think i’ve ever had so much cake in a sitting.

And then they brought around the cake trolley! On top of the mince pies and macaroons they’d already brought around.

I thought I was going to explode!

Before we knew it, the hour and 45 minutes had passed by and it was time to leave.

Luckily, the waiter also gave us a goody bag to take our leftover cakes home which worked out very well for us!

Then we began the long walk home past the bright lights of Regent Street.

We made a stop-off for another drink before walking alongside Regent’s Park and back to the flat.

We were knackered and fell asleep straight away but what a lovely Christmas it was!

I’m a true believer in that it doesn’t matter where you spend Christmas, as long as you’re with the people you love.

Now that we’re in January, i’m a bit sad about the lights having to come down around London.

Can we not just have them there forever?!

These photos were taken with the iPhone XS Max which Three.co.uk kindly lent me for the festive period. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to give it back as the quality of the photos were absolutely amazing compared to my iPhone 7. 

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