Last year I did an Instagram guide to Christmas in Paris and I thought it would be fun this year to do the same in my own City. I’ve never thought London was that pretty at Christmas because we tend to fall more on the tacky side, but we are definitely upping our game this year and there are some stunning spots you will definitely want to check out.
I’ve summed up my top places, so that if you’re here for a week or just a weekend, you can make sure you see some of the spectacularly sparkly, shiny offerings London has to offer.
In no particular order, I give you my Instagram Guide to London at Christmas…
Harrods – Harrods this year has been taken over by Dolce & Gabbana. The pair have created the Italian market place of dreams within the store complete with traditional Italian Christmas lights beaming down on every floor (discover more about the Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Takeover here) and the most extravagant Christmas Tree outside.
Of course, when darkness spreads its inky fingers across the sky, Harrods is lit up in hundreds of yellow bulbs turning it into a stunning sight all year around, but made that bit more magical with Christmas just around the corner.
Peggy Porschen – This was my first trip to Peggy Porschen. I didn’t really want to fall in to all the hype.
Were the cakes that good, was it really that beautiful?
If you go, seats outside are first come first served so just pull up a pew (try to get a seat by the door, for those all important pictures) and ask for an extra blanket to keep warm. It also means you avoid the queue! Order the Bannoffee cupcake (it’s SO good). The street next to the bakery is also incredibly Christmassy and each shop has made an effort with twinkling lights and seasonal window displays.
New Bond Street – In it’s own right one of the most famous shopping streets in London. Most of the brands have turned their shop fronts into festive wonderlands with twinkling lights and wreaths.
Highlights are: Cartier, Tiffany and co. and Fenwick although the lights over the streets are just as spectacular.
Covent Garden – They’ve decked the halls with boughs of Holly and more than one person is singing ‘Fa La La La La – La La La La’ Technically it’s actually Mistletoe, but I really wanted to get that line in…
There’s a giant Christmas Tree, probably the biggest I’ve seen anywhere in London, as well as a silver Reindeer pulling Santa’s Sleigh.
Christmas Trees line the iconic pillars and there’s more than a little festive cheer in the air. If you pop down, have lunch at The Ivy which is completely decked out with baubles and looks beautiful. The food is also consistently good!
Broadgate Exchange Winter Forest – The Winter Forest at Broadgate. Right by Liverpool Street Station, has been transformed into the most beautiful Winter Wonderland.
Yurts, keep the chill off as you snuggle into the furry blankets to sip a hot cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. There are also more boozy alternatives as well as your usual teas and coffees and you can eat at any one of the three restaurants or snuggle down in a giant bean bag in the Tipi Cinema to watch a classic Christmas film.
I’ll be visiting a lot more of London’s Christmas festivities over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back in to make sure you don’t miss out on the prettiest spots in London this Christmas!