Christmas in London is magical and we Londoners put on a real show for all our visitors! It’s true that shopping in London is exceptional all year round, but at Christmas, it’s just a little bit more special.
We don’t know if it’s just us, but generally speaking, Londoners have a habit of leaving their Christmas shopping to the last minute – especially the men – so here’s a handy guide so you can avoid last-minute panic buys!
If you’re staying in London over December, remember Euracom has some fantastic accommodation in Bloomsbury, Camden Town and indeed all over London and includes serviced apartments in London, holiday apartments in London and student apartments in London – something for everyone, just like the shopping!
Anyway, we digress.
People flock to London at Christmas from all over the world, but where do they go to do their shopping?
To us, one of the best places to go is to walk along Oxford Street and Regent Street. The lights are always fantastic but the real thrill is the department store windows. Each year they compete to see who has the best window displays. It’s hard to judge because they are all fantastic but one thing is guaranteed, the whole family will love it! Hamleys on Regent Street (one of the most iconic toy shops in the world) always has brilliantly inventive windows – as well as seven floors of every toy and game in the universe!
Moving around London, Covent Garden always looks beautifully festive and is a warm place to be with its boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. Trafalgar Square, now they have pedestrianised it will be a great place to be this Christmas and there are also a number of ‘pop-up’ Christmas markets and fairs that are definitely worth a visit –
Christmas at Kew Gardens – there’s lots to do for the family, including vintage and Victorian rides, a market, Santa’s Grotto, food treats and live festive music.
Handmade Christmas Fair – One-off pieces made by small, independent designers, crafters, hobbyists and foodies!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Plenty of rides, stalls and attractions, including two circuses and the world famous ice-rink.
Southbank Centre Christmas Market – Loads of toys and gifts, food and drink including the German staples of bratwurst, glühwein and gingerbread!
Taste of Christmas – The Taste of London brand goes all festive! There’s food as far as the eye can see with masterclasses, demonstrations and tastings from top restaurants and special guests like Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti and Valentine Warner.
While it’s tempting to stay at home in the warm with the family with a hot chocolate and repeats of The Wizard of Oz and Only Fools & Horses on the telly, there really is a huge amount to do in London over Christmas. We’ve just talked about the shopping but there are ice rinks, carol festivals, grottoes, shows, pantomimes and attractions and lots of events for adults, kids and the whole family.
We promise you’ll never be bored. You won’t’ have time to be!
Where are your favourite markets, shopping streets or hidden gems n London? Where’s the place that you can’t wait to get to in the festive season? Tell us on Twitter@EuracomLondon or on our Facebook page!Rob at 8 Nov 2013