Can you tell me something that is more festive than walking through a city (in this case London), on a crisp winters day looking at Christmas lights and window displays? Of course not! We can’t always do it every year but when we can, my husband and I love to take a day out together during December to take a trip to London to look at the Christmas lights and window displays.
Taking the tube to Lancaster Gate, we got off and walked along the edge of Hyde Park towards Marble Arch and Oxford Circus; in the distance we could see Winter Wonderland.
In London, like any city, it’s so important to always be looking around you and up in case you miss the little details of the city -for me it was all about spotting dressed up doorways of houses and hotels.
Of course the best time to see the Christmas lights is when it’s dark but we didn’t want to be out too late so we headed into the city early afternoon, just as it was beginning to get dusky. The lights on Oxford Street have generally remained the same for the last couple of years but they are still so pretty and appealing to look at, even in daylight.
Along with the Christmas lights, the main thing I go into London at this time of year for is to see all the Christmas window displays off all the big department stores, such as Selfridges, John Lewis and Liberty of London. While the window displays in Selfridges were really pretty, surprisingly the window displays in John Lewis were the stand out winners; I loved how they incorporated the characters of the advert into various scenes.
Heading down Regent Street, we briefly diverted to take a look at Liberty of London who this year had windows celebrating the Royal Ballet. However I couldn’t resist walking past and not taking photos of the most Instagrammed flower display, ever!
As we made our way through Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, we ventured across to Covent Garden to see the huge Christmas tree that takes centre stage every year. I also loved the mistletoe lights that hung above the crowds.
After a short stop for a late lunch in the Maple Leaf pub (which is also sort of becoming tradition for us), darkness quickly descended onto London and it was time to make our way back towards the tube, and to home.
What’s your favourite thing to do at Christmas?
Until tomorrow x