You can forget New York with its Rockefeller ice rink and giant Tiffany’s Christmas tree. And you can forget Sydney with its sizzling beaches and surfers donning Santa hats whilst catching waves. Nope – there’s only one city to be when the festivities kick in. And that’s London. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see how much I love our capital city.
I met my friend Anna at Borough Market in London for a day of Christmas fun. We started with mulled wine and fizz to get the day off to a proper start!
If you’ve never visited Borough Market before, make sure you add it on to your list. It’s a super food market filled with stalls of delicious food, and you can pretty much find whatever you fancy, from raclette to the most delicious fresh doughnuts. At Christmas, it’s extra special with plenty of decorations and Christmas trees to get you in the festive mood.
We’d planned to head over to Somerset House for its iconic ice skating rink, but sadly when we get there, the ice was too wet! Hey – better luck next time.
Instead, we spent a few hours catching up, sipping coffees, and filling our bags with Christmas presents for loved ones. With the nights drawing in earlier and earlier, before we knew it, it was already sunset. We happened to be passing by Embankment and caught these beautiful views.
Not bad, London, not bad!
We hopped on the Tube and went to our next stop – my favourite shop in the whole world, Harrods. Every year, its pretty festive light display just makes me feel so Christmassy.
And with so much to see inside, you inevitably go in whilst it’s light…
…and leave when it’s pitch black outside. It’s well worth the chaos!
We set off for more shopping along Regent Street and Oxford Street to catch a glimpse of the famous Christmas lights. Simply walking along London’s streets is a treat at Christmas – you catch all sorts of shops with their beautiful displays, from luxury jewellers to the most incredible hotels.
And there’s something about it that makes me feel very patriotic – maybe it’s all those red buses!
If you’re about, don’t forget to pay a visit to Carnaby Street. Each year, their iconic Christmas decorations get a new theme. We rather liked this one!
I wouldn’t often say this, but I do think Oxford Street is worth braving the crowds just to catch the twinkly lights. One day, I’d love to get up super early just to get a good view of the lights when the streets are a little less full…
Just before our trains were due to leave, we picked somewhere for dinner. As keen burger fanatics, neither of us had tried Meat Liquor, so we nipped down a side street from Oxford Street to give it a go.
Unfortunately they don’t task reservations, so you may need to wait a while. And once you get inside, it’s very, very dark! However, trays full of stacked burgers, piles of gooey fries, and thick milkshakes soon get you ordering.
Anna went for a classic burger with all the accompaniments, whilst I went for something a little different – their Christmas burger. Filled with turkey, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, it had to be worth a go!
Pretty tasty, but we both agreed the burgers were a little sloppy for us. Certainly worth a try though!
We snuck back onto Oxford Street and headed for the Tube.
There’s nowhere quite like London at Christmas.
How is your Christmas shopping coming along?