London always looks beautiful at Christmas time as the shops, large and small, and the famous streets, like Regent Street and Oxford Street, put a huge effort into their lights and window displays. Most of them are up and twinkling now so I thought I’d give you a tour around London by night to enjoy these festive sights.
There has been a big debate about whether it’s too early to turn on the lights and does the build-up to Christmas last too long but I’m swerving that and am determined to just enjoy them!
Harrods’ fine building is outlined in lights all year round but the addition of the trees makes it look even more festive.
Another place that uses the same lights each year is South Molton Street but they are so beautiful and striking that I hope they never feel the need to change them!
Oxford Street’s lights are much better this year as they are less branded and more subtle, although quite hard to photograph!
Selfridge’s is one of London’s most famous department stores and its Christmas windows are keenly anticipated. This year is not a vintage one as my award (so far) goes to John Lewis – see below – but the amazing biscuit display is fun.
Onto my winner of the best window – so far – John Lewis on Oxford Street. They have shown amazing invention and wit by using household items to make creatures from penguins, to deer through owls and hares made from vacuum cleaners, luggage, washing up brushes and more. Take a look:
And finally for now – Regent Street – who are also staying with last year’s very successful look incorporating the 12 days of Christmas:
Watch out for part 2 of London’s Christmas lights very soon…