If you want some of the best Christmas lights, decor, spirit, and all out cheer, you need to go to London during Christmas time. I walked around the city for 4 and a half days with my mouth open. I'll be doing a whole post on what we saw and did (we packed in so much in a short time) but this post is just focused on Christmas. It's VERY picture heavy and hopefully you'll be smiling as much as I am as you see the pictures. Also a glass of wine will help with that.
I knew that London had beautiful Christmas decor. But I didn't know it was THIS crazy and ornate. I've been to London many times, but never during Christmas. It gave the city a whole new feel. In the span of just 4 days, I took over 1,000 pictures. I just couldn't help it! Here's a brief sampling of what we saw:
The tower of London and it's pretty little ice skating rink.
Tower Bridge and a Christmas tree.
The intense decorations at Churchill arms.
The INSANE silver Christmas ornaments at Covent Garden.
Literally every street has lights, each with a different theme. This one was mistletoe. Can you see Michael in the corner running away as I'm asking him to kiss me under it? Typical.
A house on York Street (where I used to stay in the Summer) all decked out.
The Old Swan showing off.
The candlelit tree at Kensington Palace.
Cartier all wrapped up.
Outside and inside The Arcade.
Dolce & Gabanna flashing their goods.
My favorite street was Oxford Street. These pretty lit up paper lanterns looked beautiful day and night. So I took
How cool is the building all lit up above? Couldn't get enough of it.
Harrods, of course.
Window display outside of Selfridges. Santa in glitter style.
One of my favorite things we did: Skating outside of the Natural History Museum. It was expensive and awesome. Sometimes things are worth the splurge.
The street scene.
This street was appropriately where most of the diamond stores were located.
Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland was not to be missed. They had a whole section that looked just like Germany's Christmas markets. There was music, drinking, and lots of lights.
I also loved the Piccadilly decorations. It was so busy. So stopping in the street was really ridiculous. But, I did it anyway.
Carnaby street had a really unique flair.
Another rink at Somerset House.
I know this post didn't have many words, but hopefully the pictures made up for it. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions on Instagram (@heleneinbetween) I seriously wrote down everything and attempted to see it all!