Going to London at Christmas time had always been on my bucket list, and I was so happy to finally being able to tick it off. We were uni free for 3 following days with a friend so we planned a crazy 48 hours in London. I have been there many times already but there is always so much to do ! And it’s the one of the most christmassy city in the world, you can’t go anywhere without seeing a barrage of lights.
I selected for you 10 must do in London, especially at Christmas time. You can also watch this youtube video : London at Christmas Time !
1) Carnaby Street
In London West End, Carnaby has always been a cute place to stroll in, but it’s even more incredible at Christmas time ! Every year, they decorate all the area with thematic installations. 2017’s theme is the Carnival.
2) The Winter Forest at Broadgate
Hidden behind Liverpool Street Station, this is the cutest little christmas market you could find ! With a tunnel of lights at the entrance, it will warm your heart and guide you for your christmas shopping.
3) King’s Cross for Harry Potter fans
To stay in this cinematic mood, you can cross the street to go to Kings Cross and follow the path of Harry Potter, because there is a specific place dedicated to the Saga and a shop ! It’ll totally make you feel in the movie, and it’s a very touristic place. Ps : you can take pictures at the platform 9¾ and find your happiness, or gifts, in the HP Shop !
4) Camden Neighborhood
Camden was, is and will always be my favourite place to go when I’m in London. For an infinite number of reasons, including its open mindedness, the presence of music everywhere, and basically because it’s eyes opening on so many different cultures. When you’re strolling into Camden Market, you can feel like you’re travellling the whole world at once ! A plus : it’s also well decorated for Christmas.
5) Kew Gardens
Kew is THE place to go if you want to see the craziest christmas lights you’ve ever seen. You can walk through those gardens for a good hour and notice all the amazing lights they have set up for Christmas ! From trees decorated from head to toes, hundreds of lights balls doing a show just for you, to walking under a tunnel of lights… When we were there, someone chose this romantic tunnel to propose, which got us all emotional !
I’m not going to spoil you everything, but I have to say it’s worth the (high) price of £18 only if you have enough time to see it all.
6) Brick Lane
I would compare Brick Lane to the “new Camden”. It’s a really interesting neighborhood to walk in, where you can see the craziest street arts of London, great record stores such as the not so famous Rough Trade, galleries, restaurants, and third shops. It’s also a great place if you’re looking for christmas presents or just cool things to buy, the amount of original shops is crazy !
7) Oxford Street & Regent Street
The most known street of London had to be on the list, with her twin Regent Street ! You will find all the shops you’re looking for there, and both are perfectly decorated for the season !
8) Picadilly Circus
Located in Westminster, Picadilly is always a great place to hang out at any time of the year. Always filled with people, it’s constantly animated. You’ll hear some buskers for sure !
9) Winter Wonderland
I love how London transforms Hyde Park into a huge “Santa Land” every year ! Tons of attractions, giant wheel, food stands, bars and karaokes, lights, christmas markets, and even better : live music every night ! Nothing will get you more in the festive spirit than listening to a band singing known songs, surrounded by lots of other people singing their hearts out in the Bavarian Village ! It truly creates an amazing athmosphere, and it will make you feel in the deep heart of the city.
Here’s two ideas of restaurants that change from usual. First, you can see the really original and stunning decoration of Aubaine Selfridges. The pictures of the second line have been taken at The Breakfast Club, which is a must when in London !
Thank you for reading, if you have any questions about activities, accomodation or transports, I’ll be happy to answer.
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