London at Christmas comes into its own; with its sparkling festive lights along Oxford Street, it’s warm bustling pubs offering mug upon mug of mulled wine and it’s array of magical department stores decked out for Christmas merriment. If you are travelling to London this Christmas or simply want to revel in this wonderland of cultural festivity then this post is for you! I have compiled my favourite places to visit in London at Christmas hoping they will soon make their way onto your must-see list.
Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly
This is my favourite place in London and one I always try and visit whenever I am back in town. It feels like a very grand home full with the most beautiful and unique of gifts. It also happens to have a delicious ice cream parlour and the most picture perfect Christmas department.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Watching The Nutcracker ballet here a few years ago was one of the most magical Christmas experiences I have had. The opulence of the setting, the detailed and beautiful costumes and the performance itself all added to the allure of this special ballet. They are showing The Nutcracker again this year and I only wish I had time to go back and see this.
Liberty London, Regent Street
This department store is one of the oldest in London and walking on its wooden floors framed by its old oak beams you get a real sense of history here. You can transport yourself back to the future with the large array or artisan designer product from fashion to home wares. They also have a renowned haberdashery department here where it sells its world famous “Liberty” print.
Marylebone High Street
This will also be one of my favourite areas of London due to it’s love of boutique shops and village vibe, you can feel a million miles from bustling Oxford Street on a quiet morning here. At Christmas this is a great place to come to do some shopping for more unusual gifts you won’t find in the department stores.
Selfridges, Oxford Street
The only time I visit Selfridges is at Christmas. It looks amazing from the outside decorated often with quirky Christmas decorations and inside it is full of the perfect Christmas gifts. It also has a great winter inspired restaurant Forest on the roof, which serves up some killer cocktails and the obligatory mulled wine.
Richmond Park, Richmond
This park is idyllic whether it’s winter or summer, however in Winter with the white tipped grass, low hanging mist and crisp sunny mornings shining on the resident deer it becomes real life Narnia. Click here to see the most amazing photographs of this.
Hatchards Book Shop, Piccadilly
This is the oldest bookshop in the UK and for more than 200 years it has been selling books to their dedicated clientele. Take a step back in time by browsing row upon row of books along the rickety floors taking in the character of the building and mind the low ceilings as you go!
V&A Museum, Knightsbridge
Every year the museum commissions a leading designer to create a Christmas tree centrepiece for the entrance of the museum. Each year is completely different and a sight to behold.
I have always been more of a fan of Regent Street than Oxford Street, maybe it’s because it leads down to Fortnum and Mason on Piccadilly! The lights along this famous road are always spectacular and shopping along here wrapped up against the chill of the winter air with the soft glow of shop upon shop makes me smile just thinking of it.