Christmas in London is a fascinating time of the year. This year I have spent hours walking around in awe at all the wonderful decorations. So I am really excited to take you on a tour of all the top spots to find the best decorations.
Old Bond Street is a good place to start. It’s beautiful all year round but Tiffany&Co and Cartier do look positively magical! Fun fact about Cartier.. They have been decorating their shops with the classic red bow every Christmas since 1979! The gorgeous Royal Arcade joins Old Bond Street and Albemarle Street. Definitely one of my favourite arcades to visit in London.
In 1951 Tallulah Bankhead turned up at The Ritz (fairly tipsy) and drank her cocktail out of her suede shoe. In 2014 The Ritz commemorated this with a cocktail named ‘The Tallulah’ a champagne cocktail served in a glass slipper. Fortnum & Masons’ staircase is famously spectacular any normal day but the store really comes to life at Christmas time. Caviar House Prunier is one of those places you must go every season. It’s grand entrance and floral display is quite wonderful.
Mayfair really spoils you when it comes to a photogenic facade. Audley House was designed by William Lambert and home to James Purdey & Sons. Most famous for their hand-crafted shotguns and rifles. Roland Mouret at number 8 Carlos Place is a luxury fashion boutique. Mouret was famed for creating the super frock and has been rumoured to mentor Victoria Beckham into the fashion world. The Connaught Hotel’s history is fascinating and well worth a read.. Opening it’s doors in 1815, it was later named The Connaught in 1917. The Maddox Gallery is another seasonal wonder that cannot be missed in London. The gallery spans across four floors showcasing an impressive modern art collection of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists.
There is a lot of talk that Covent Garden has turned into a tourist trap lately. I agree that on a weekend, like a lot of places in London it gets rammed with people. However, being the early riser that I am it doesn’t usually affect me. The market has run since 1656 and in 1830 the Apple Market was built which still remains at the heart of Covent Garden today. Clos Maggiore is arguable the most romantic restaurant in London. Boasting a blossom-filled conservatory, complete with a retractable roof for summer stargazing. Serving delicious French food, this restaurant plays host to more marriage proposals in a week than the Eiffel Tower does in a month!
Carnaby Street is a pedestrianised shopping street in the heart of Soho. Here you will find wonderfully unique independent stores and global flagship brands muddled with a glorious selection of restaurants and bars. Leadenhall market on Gracechurch Street is a modern shopping destination for Tourists and Locals. Covered with an elegant Victorian roof, it consists of restaurants, market stalls, shops and pubs to enjoy. Borough market is a source of British and International produce. It is London’s most renowned food and drink market. It is the ideal place to go with a loved one to try something a bit different and taste samples. If you are a cheese fiend like me there are plenty of places to buy and taste the produce. I strongly recommend Kappacasein. I used to frequent this place when it was next to Neal’s Dairy Yard. It now has its own little shop next to Chez Michelle flower stall on Stoney Street. They make a mouth watering Raclette complete with potatoes and cornichons. You must try it!
Whether you’re a tourist or a Londonite. I’d love to hear from you with feedback. What are your favourite iconic decorations and why? What makes London such a wonderful place to live? Over the coming months I will share with you all how I fall in London over and over again. Next up is The top 20 Christmas doors of London! Wishing you all an incredible Christmas!
Ally my love,