Sunday, 6 December 2020

Top Christmas Decorations in London



Even though the run up to Christmas won't be the same this year (f*** you Covid), there are still plenty of Christmas decorations to see in London to give you your festive fix. The other week I walked around Central London and have rounded up some of my favourite decorations for this year. I also attempted my first Instagram reel from my walk so, if you haven't already seen it, head over to my Instagram to view these places in action!


LEADENHALL MARKET
The first stop on my walk was Leadenhall Market. This is a quaint covered market with shops and restaurants and a Christmas tree right in the middle of it all. On the day I visited we were still in lockdown, so none of the places were open and I was the only person walking through here. It was quite nice to experience this place whilst it was so peaceful, however I am sure it is a bit busier now! Also, fun fact for any Harry Potter fans reading this; Leadenhall Market was used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

COVENT GARDEN
Covent Garden is always one of my favourite places to visit at Christmas time. This year is no different as they still have the massive hand-picked Christmas tree and the Apple Market is decked out with giant baubles and mistletoe. There is also a selection of Christmas trees this year, which have each been decorated by a different company in Covent Garden. Whilst you are at Covent Garden, you should also head over to Seven Dials as their Christmas decorations do not disappoint either.

FORTNUM & MASON
Fortnum & Mason always put on a good display, however this is the first year I have actually gone to see it in real life. It was definitely Instagram that made me do this one - so many people were sharing beautiful photos of the building's facade. Each window on this building has a Christmas display from a different year. For now, I will stick to admiring Fortnum & Mason from the outside as my bank balance doesn't quite allow me to shop here yet!


BURLINGTON ARCADE
This arcade is just down the road from Fortnum & Mason. It opened in 1819, so it feels like you are stepping back in time when you walk through it. The walkway is lined with little Christmas trees and baubles. There is also a Moet & Chandon drinks station if you fancy a glass of champagne on your walk.


CARTIER (BOND STREET):
I always see photos of the Cartier shop front year after year on Instagram, so this year I made sure to incorporate on my walk. There were plenty of influencers trying to get 'the shot' whilst I was here, so if you are wanting to create some festive content, then definitely go here but I would recommend going earlier in the day or later in the evening to avoid crowds. As Cartier is located on Bond Street, there are loads of other shops with incredible Christmas displays - next door to Cartier is Tiffany & Co. and down the road is Dior. Also, the lights down Bond Street itself are worth a visit.


OXFORD STREET
I have a love-hate relationship with Oxford Street - I love that it has pretty much every shop I could ever want to go in but I hate how busy it always is. That is why I made sure to visit Oxford Street prior to lockdown finishing (and on a weeknight) in the hope that it would be less busy than usual; luckily it was! The lights this year pay tribute to all the people who have helped others throughout the pandemic. People were asked to nominate their heroes and the successful nominees would see their name light up Oxford Street.


REGENT STREET
The classic angel Christmas lights have returned to Regent Street once again this year. Unfortunately, when I visited there was so much traffic down this road that it was difficult to get a clear shot of these lights. However, good news because Regent Street is going to be pedestrianised from 10am to 9pm on Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th December, so make the most of this road being traffic-free then.

There are still so many Christmas decorations that I have not seen in London yet. I am hoping to see as many as I can this year, so I may put together another post like this. If not, I will be sharing all of the festive activities I get up to on Instagram, so keep up with me on there. The other places on my list include: King's Road, Coal Drops Yard and Kew Gardens. Let me know if you have visited any of these places or what you are doing to get into the festive spirit this year.
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  1. I just recently went to London to see the xmas lights on Regents/Oxford St. Was so beautiful. I'll have to check out f&m and covent garden on Monday. x

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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    1. I'm going to miss all the Christmas lights in London, they're so pretty! x

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  2. Cartier looks absolutely stunning, I just wish I could go and see all of these!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Cartier always have a beautiful display! I'm so glad places still put up Christmas decorations this year even though there wasn't much else happening! x

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