London is a thrilling destination to visit, especially during the winter holidays, when it becomes even more attractive and fascinating. This city can surprise you with its beautiful decorations, with a great variety of Christmas fairs and markets, with its traditions, but most of all with its great diversity and abundance of people all over London. If you’re in London in this period of time, there are several activities, which will not only make your Christmas really unforgettable, but also will help you to get closer to the holiday traditions of Londoners. So let’s begin!
Listen to the sumptuous service at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Being one of the most beloved festivities, Christmas in London is unifying the families and bringing all people together. During this period the holiday services in all the churches around London are of great importance, but St. Paul’s cathedral has a special place among them. Being one of the biggest churches in Europe, it is the residence of the Bishop of London. A week before Christmas, sumptuous services are held in the cathedral with the compulsory performance of Christmas carols. Entire families come here to continue the centuries-old tradition. Attending such an event will make a great impression on you. You will not only take your time to admire the luxurious interior of the cathedral, but also listen to the soulfully singing choristers and triumphal play of the cathedral organ. By the way, you even don’t need to pay for such a memorable event. The doors are opened an hour before the announced start time of the service, but because of its popularity the queue is really long. So you’ll have to come pretty early and arm yourself with patience, but I promise it will be a memorable experience for you!
Visit the Christmas fairs in London!
One of the main entertaining activities for the whole family is visiting a Christmas fair, and you really have from where to choose, as there are quite a few in London, the most famous being Winter Wonderland in Hyde park. The other ones are: Southbank Centre Winter Festival, Christmas Market at Tate Modern, London Bridge City Christmas Market, Christmas at Kew, Barbican Christmas Market, Winterville at Victoria Park. The Christmas fairs are an unforgettable memory for the whole family as all of them are made to lure you into the fairy tale atmosphere. When visiting such a fair you not only discover the most famous sights of London, but also drink the traditional Christmas Gluhwein, which is actually hot mulled wine, taste some delicious traditional Christmas food, have fun on the fairground rides and, of course, buy some absolutely special and unique gifts for your beloved ones.
Shop on the main shopping street of London!
Shopping is always a good idea, especially when you have such a great variety to choose from. Oxford Street is the right place for that. In addition to being one of the main touristic attractions of London, it is the best place for buying some cool items for yourself and your family. Several British retail chains consider Oxford Street brunch to be their flagship stores such as: Debenhams, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencers. You can also find here such international brands as: Zara, Bershka, H&M, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius, and many others. I guarantee you, that you’ll not only get lost among all those shops and brands, but at the end of the day will find yourself carrying dozens of shopping bags, especially if you are in London during the winter sales. Talking about sales I must admit that it is a pure madness, so you’ll need a lot of patience and perseverance, as the shops will be overcrowded, but in return for this you will find really good prices in your favourite shops.
Live a luxury experience in the shopping paradise of Harrods!
If we continue talking about shopping, which is an absolutely interminable theme for me, there’s one more place which you should visit, if not for buying something at least for seeing it as a site of interest. I am speaking about the shopping paradise - Harrods. There’s no better place in the whole city where you can do window shopping and admire all those insanely beautiful window displays with outlandish decorations, all covered in lights with mannequins dressed in fabulous clothes. As I’ve already mentioned, it’s a pure paradise for shopaholics. The shopping center itself is like a museum, where you can gaze for hours at all those luxury designer clothes from brands as Max Mara, Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Burberry, Saint Laurent and many others. So if your budget is not allowing you these luxury fashion things, at least visit Harrods to see the latest catwalk trends and maybe even getting a consultancy in fashion and style from the professional sales managers.
Admire the mesmerizing decorations all around London!
I think to all of us Christmas is a reminiscence of that magic created by the lights and decorations that transforms the city into a living fairy tale. London is not an exception, and in my opinion, it is one of the cities that does it best! If you’re eager to admire the beautiful decorations of London and immerse yourself even deeper into the spirit of Christmas holidays, then head to Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, Duke of York Square, or the above mentioned Oxford Street or Regent Street.
Have a wonderful Christmas in the enchanting London!
Whether you decide doing only some of the mentioned activities, or even all of them, London will definitely fascinate you and create the magical festive mood in your soul! So don’t miss the chance to spend your Christmas in one of the most breathtaking cities of Europe!
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