London is probably at its prettiest at Christmas. Everywhere you look it seems to sparkle.
Sometimes Londoners can be seen as a bit miserable (me included) but when Christmas comes, the decorations always put me in a better mood.
I’ve put together my list of favourite festive spots in London during Christmas. All of these are from this year so don’t worry that they’re old spots!
These lovely houses in Kensington always seem to be on Instagram around Halloween and Christmas but no one seems to share exactly where they are (why do people on IG do that?!).
The Boltons are located between Gloucester Road and South Kensington which means it’s fairly easy to visit both these houses and also the ice rink outside the Natural History Museum.
The Boltons are easily found on Google Maps.
This year the displays seem to have gone the extra mile and almost everyone on the street has taken part.
The square used to be home to the US embassy before it moved south of the river.
This year there is a big light display and it’s for a good cause – the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Aside from the big light arch, thousands of illuminated white roses light up the park inside the square.
If you wish to remember someone no longer with you this Christmas, you can buy one of the flowers for a suggested donation of £10.
Covent Garden always likes to go the extra mile (last year they had cars decorated with baubles).
My favourite spots this year in Covent Garden include the Christmas tree outside of the market, which is best photographed from the church, and the Nutcracker decorations outside the Ivy.
While you’re there, I would thoroughly recommend getting yourself a Christmas treat at the Ivy.
Every year the Natural History Museum in South Kensington seems to own Christmas.
The ice rink there always looks really beautiful.
It’s also got a bar next to the ice rink that serves mulled wine. Hurrah!
Bond Street is home to all of the expensive jewellery and designer shops in London.
And they always have great decorations! My favourites this year are Cartier and Tiffany & Co.
The lights on the street are also very pretty too.
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London’s shopping streets always like to show off with their Christmas light displays. But i’ll be honest, I think the lights on Oxford Street this year are rubbish!
So if you’re looking to see the lights definitely head to Regent Street. They haven’t changed in a few years but when they look this pretty, why would they need to?
One of the fanciest hotels in London, Claridges is known for its Christmas decorations.
This year’s tree was designed by Christian Louboutin and if you look closely, you can see that some of the decorations on the tree are gingerbread shoes!
I went in there the other day to see if I could get a coffee but it seemed like they were only serving afternoon tea. However staff seemed fine with people coming in to take pictures so definitely stop by!
Is there anywhere i’ve missed? Be sure to let me know!