As we await the night of excitement and merriment that is Christmas Eve and Day, we can get in the mood whilst selecting the gifts we want to give this year. Christmas is a special time in London and in this blog we shall look at some of the sights and events leading up to the big day.
After the will we, won’t we question looming over us last year, I expect you will want to splash out a bit and see the sights before Christmas, so masks at the ready…
Kicking of the Christmas celebrations with its Christmas light switch on tomorrow is Regents street. Though the lights have been twinkling for a while in Carnaby Street , Covent Garden , along the south bank and in Syon Park . There are a few more lighting up shows to look forward to such as Kew Gardens and Greenwich Market both on the 17th November through to early Jan. Lightopia will be illuminating Crystal Palace on the 19th. Wembley Park Winterfest starts on the 25th. The Shard will finally light up on the 1st December, this years theme is ‘togetherness’ very fitting after last year.
THE place to shop is in London! The latest fashions and trends tend to hit the high streets of the capital way before the rest of the country. In the days of internet shopping, a special treat is to actually hit the shops and see the lights, sounds, smells and enjoy a hot chocolate whilst your purse takes a hammering. Regents Street is a draw, though you may consider other retail gems. Selfridges Christmas Market starts on the 5th November, and Greenwich Market with 150 stalls starts on the 17th. Carnaby Street is the place for fashion, lots of independents, with unique pieces.
Hygge is pronounced like the feeling it gives you as in ‘Hyoo gah’ and it means ‘to comfort’. Making sure you stay in comfort during Christmas is something we specialise in. Our large spacious family rooms can accommodate the whole family. If you are visiting Family in London the Christmas do check the websites for availability.
Hogwarts in the snow is a must-do tour at Warner Bros. studios with tickets from Kings Cross or Victoria or Bournemouth. Midnight Mass at st-martins-in-the-field is a special evening with dinner and carols on Christmas eve. Circus 1903 on the South Bank is a magical event for all agaes, the puppets are from the team behind War Horse and Walk with Amal. Life of Pie is another show with wonderful puppetry and runs through the Christmas Season at Wyndhams Theatre, near Leicester Square.