As I previously mentioned in another post here, London is one of my favourite cities! No matter the season, London won’t fail to impress you. However, there is one specific period in the year when the city completely transforms and becomes magical; December. The fairy lights, the decorations, and the festive atmosphere makes it one of the most romantic and gorgeous destinations. Below I will show you some of my favourite places I visited and the things I did in London during the festive December!
Very close to Piccadilly Circus, you will find one of the most colourful, fun, energetic, and diverse places; SOHO. I mostly like this area for its impressive light decorations, its countless independent cafes and restaurants, the unique shops bookstores, and the vibrant people! If you find yourself nearby, don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around its streets and arcades! Kingly Court arcade is one of my favourite and offers countless options for coffee and food. For breakfast, I recommend trying the Breakfast Club.
Christmas Market at Leicester Square
Nearby in Leicester Square, you will find a really beautiful Christmas Market! If you are around the area you should definitely take a stroll though the little shops where you can get handmade and unique products. You will also be able to try seasonal treats like delicious hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, and more!
For stunning panoramic views of London from above, you should not miss visiting the Sky Garden. Located in the heart of London, the walkie-talkie building where the Sky Garden is is free to visit, but the tickets needs to be pre-booked online! There is a cafe and restaurant at the top where you can grab some food and drinks during your visit whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the city.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Around a 10 minute walk away from Sky Garden, you will find one of the most iconic landmarks in London; St. Paul’s Cathedral. Make sure to pay it a visit and I promise you will not be disappointed. Its dominating architecture and size will leave you in awe. If you get the opportunity, don’t hesitate to also go inside!
Apple Market at Covent Garden
Covent Garden by far is my favourite place in London! In my previous blog post, I talked about Neal’s Yard and the super-delicious pizza place called Homeslice (you can read about it here). Though, this time, I visited the Apple Market. During Christmas, this market is extremely beautiful! In this area, you will find many different shops and restaurants all beautifully and uniquely decorated. Strolling around makes you lose the sense of time and allows you to get lost in the festive atmosphere!
Natural History Museum
One of my absolute favourite museums in London is by far the Natural History Museum. The architecture of the museum itself, its atmosphere, the way the light shines through the glass windows, the endless topics showcasing in it, makes it just amazing! During the festive season, you will also find a very large ice-skating rink right outside the entrance (photo at the top of the blog post)! The entrance is free, but it does get busy at peak times and weekends.
Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre 🦁
Mind-blowing. Amazing. Stunning. Three words to describe my experience of watching Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre. The tickets are not cheap, however it’s an experience that I will remember for a very long time! Therefore, if you are lucky enough to find seats for the show, it’s worth the money!
The Most Beautiful Streets in London
From the whole of London, there are two streets that stand out during December; Oxford and Regent Street. The lights are beautiful, with most of them being in the shape of angels. I wish I had taken more photos during the night, but the streets were extremely busy with people finishing off their Christmas shopping!
I hope that you enjoyed this blog post and that it has given you a few ideas of things to see/do in London during the festive season! Below are a few more pictures of some areas I have talked about in my previous post and a little friend I made!
I wish you all a nice Christmas Holidays!
Until next time.!