24 Christmassy Hours in London
In my 33 years in existence on this earth I have never been to London at Christmas. Every year we say we are going to make it and we never do. So here I am, smack bang in the middle of 14 glorious days off work finally ready to share our rather swift overnight London trip. Back in July after my birthday trip we booked 1 night at a Hotel in Earls Court, nothing too outrageous, just somewhere nice and cosy to rest out heads…. or more my feet! The hotel was in a nice quiet location, was cheaper than staying central and had parking! Earls Court was so pretty and I couldn’t resist sneaking a quick snap of the terraced houses. White columns and black railings as far as the eye could see.
We arrived at about 2pm so after checking in we headed straight to the underground to Knightsbridge. Unfortunately, though a very dull day, it wasn’t dark enough to appreciate the festive lights to the fullest but I was saving the twilight for Winter Wonderland. Plus I wanted to make a bee line for Fenty to colour match the foundation in Harvey Nichols. (BTW no such luck, there is still a queuing system outside to get in!)
Next up was another Christmas first for me, Winter Wonderland. It was just starting to get dark as we got there and it was surprisingly empty. Just look how amazing the Bavarian Village looks, fairy lights for miles! Of course I had to have a mulled wine or 2 and we shared a massive pretzel filled with cheese, bacon and jalapenos. Yum!
Speaking of pretty, how fabulous are Regent Street and Oxford Street at Christmas? I so desperately tried to keep my eyes on the lights and not detour into the shops but behold… I am only human. Yes purchased were made, yes they were for me. Fail. Of course I had to head over to the insta-famous carnival that is Carnaby Street too. It is just too amazing this year. Totally non Christmas themed at all but still a sight to see.
Day 2 was incredibly dreary, wet, cold and raining. Still we made the short walk through Notting Hill to Biscuiteers, the most adorable store ever, followed by the Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Road and a pit stop at Gail’s Bakery. Gail’s does the most amazing homemade sausage rolls!
Next stop was Covent Garden in all its Christmassy glory. The tree in Covent Garden always looks so grand and although it wasn’t dark the lights still twinkled. Inside and out the place looks so festive. I loved the gigantic mistletoe and silver baubles.
There was one last stop that had to be made before heading back to the hotel. The Too Faced store on Carnaby Street. The only place that stocks the new Peaches and Cream collection! Yes – more purchases were made…..
I definitely want to make more of an effort to travel at Christmas, I love London and I’m happy I have seen a very small chunk of it this December. I need to make plans to check out some Christmas markets next year too! Any Christmas market recommendations will be greatly received!!