London's Christmas lights

London’s Christmas Lights

I love London at any time but at Christmas the lights make it magical and cheer up the long winter evenings.  Here’s a trip around some of them for you to enjoy with me.   We have a wonderful mix of old favourites where areas have gone with the same lovely lights as in previous years and those who have gone for a new look.

Covent Garden have given us their festive mistletoe look again and the piazza has plenty of trees on show.

London's Christmas lights

London's Christmas lights

Also returning to a popular look is Regent Street with their magnificent angles filling the entire street.

Christmas lights in London Regent Street

Brand new for this year is the very moving display in Grosvenor Square.  The Ever After Garden is building each day  to an extraordinary total of 27,000 illuminated white flowers, each one a £10 donation to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.  I have a flower in there joining the love for lost ones and those currently working hard to survive cancer.  Every  flower comes with a label which adds to the poignancy.

London's Christmas lights

Selfridges used to have more impressive displays but this year was hard to fathom except for this delightful boat/moon montage.

London's Christmas lights

Oxford Street has moved on from it’s long standing display of silver balls to banners of changing light displays including their own name in case you were lost!

London's Christmas lights Oxford St

John Lewis Oxford Street have majored on their new hero, Eager Edgar.

Christmas lights in London John Lewis

St Pancras is a magnificent setting for an enormous tree and this year they are emphasising our links with France as the Eurostar station with an Eiffel Tower taking pride of place.

London's Christmas lights St Pancras

There are plenty more London Christmas Lights to come so watch this space for part 2!

Selfridges Christmas

Christmas lights in London

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year in London, the buzz, the festive events, the mulled wine and carols, but mainly because of the Christmas lights. London is lit up so beautifully that even those of us who have seen many many Christmases are still enchanted by the sights. Each area has its own style from classic to wacky, with Carnaby Street winning the prize for the latter!  Take a stroll with me to enjoy the lights from the warmth of your own home.

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The Barbary

Getting a seat at The Barbary at last

I’m not a fan of the no booking fad that restaurants in London are so keen on.  I’m not a fan of queuing nor of wandering around to find a restaurant that has a table. But The Barbary in Covent Garden has been on my list of ‘must visit’ restaurants for a while now so when I was in the area early one evening for a play at the nearby Donmar Warehouse, I  thought I’d give it a try and hurrah there was space at the bar for 2! Top tip is to arrive at 5.15pm and to do so before Time Out makes it their number one restaurant in London as I fear it will be even more busy now!

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Fortnum & Mason Christmas

London’s Wonderful Christmas Lights and Trees

London looks brilliant any time of the year but in the build-up to Christmas London dresses up in its very best festive lights and trees pop up all over the city.

I’d love to show you a few of the fabulous sights to enjoy right now in London.   Covent Garden is a good place to start as they have the best tree, in my view, and fabulous lights. This year’s theme is mistletoe – ahhh.  You can shop for gifts and enjoy some refreshment as you explore. Continue reading

New favourite London tapas bar: Duende

Seven friends enter a tapas bar, they stare at the menu and ponder the big question: how to chose, how many dishes each, who wants which dish, do we all like the same things? We don’t have all day to make these big decisions. Then it came to us, there was an easy answer – order one of every dish on the menu! Except no one likes oysters so we drop those 3 choices and wait in anticipation for everything else to arrive.
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Christmas lights in London 2015

It’s that time of year again when London comes to life with festive lights in all the major shopping areas. I’ve been out and about checking them out for you and my view on 2015 is that some new ones are great, some areas have kept with old favourites which is no bad thing  but some of the major shops have not made much effort this year and one major street is just not up to our high standards.
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Spring is a beautiful time to be in London

In 2013 the winter seemed to go on forever and it was chilly through much of March but April saw the blossom come out at last. The Brits are famous for being obsessed by the weather and this blog seems to be confirming that! 

Spring is a fabulous time in London and I’d like to share some photos taken during April so you can enjoy it too. 

Brits are always out, sitting or laying in a park at the slightest hint of sunshine:

Outdoor yoga – seems a bit public to me but they look like they are completely in to it:
 

My neighbour’s front garden is always a delight:
 

And this is just around the corner from me, pink magnolia trees in Notting Hill and a small garden, squeezing some daffs into a corner:
 

Camden Market and Camden Lock are great places to hang out and shop on a sunny day:

 

You can’t beat the Thames on a fine spring day, looking towards the east, on a boat or near the London Eye:

 

Even an April shower brings its own reward – a rainbow right over London:
 

Another famous sight that shines in the sun is Westminster Abbey. The red buses were on hire for a wedding  so we wondered if someone was getting married inside this great building – it’s not just for Wills and Kate!

Piccadilly Circus is a famous meeting and hanging out spot – never more than on a sunny day:

Primrose Hill offers fabulous views over London (how many landmark buildings can you name?) and you can hang out on the grass all day relaxing. The nearby streets have beautiful blossom:

 

 

Regent’s Park is home to an open air theatre that starts in mid May but before then you have the gracious gardens, good for strolling or playing in the fountains:
 

 

It’s another lovely day today, so I must head out to enjoy it!

Bye for now.
Sue
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