A guide to London’s best Christmas lights
No other city does Christmas quite like London. Christmas may not be the same this year, but there is something magical about the streets decked in Christmas lights decorations, shop windows turned into festive scenes, ice rinks in front of grand buildings.
My own personal favourite street in London. Regent Street is decked in twinkling lights running through Oxford Circus, St James and Waterloo Place this year. The beautiful angels twinkling made by 300,000 LED lights have been handcrafted to form 45 spirit-shaped displays, creating a warm canopy over the neighbourhood. Go for a socially distant walk and admire them in all there twinkling beauty.
Oxford Street is a major road in the City of Westminster in the West End of London, running from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch. With over 300 shops and restaurants it is a popular place for tourists and can become very busy at Christmas. This year, there are 27 LED curtains draped down the street, consisting of 222,000 lights.
Carnaby street always goes all out with its displays. Last years under the sea highlighting plastic in the ocean was incredible. This year they’re working with Choose Love, a charity from Help Refugees, which is the world’s only shop selling real gifts for refugees. The pink neon lightboxes along the street all contain positive words of hope which we all need during this pandemic.
Each year Covent Garden turns into the ultimate winter wonderland complete with it’s show-stopping Christmas tree, which alone homes 30,000 lights. The Covent Garden Christmas tree comes from the same farm that the Royal Family get their trees from, and to make the process as sustainable as possible, three trees are planted for every tree cut down. The plaza looks great decked in Giant mistletoe, & glittering disco balls. check out whilst your there the Covent Garden infinity chamber in Conduit Court.
Just a short stroll from Covent Garden is the Seven Dials area. For a quaint and super festive option, head to the cobbled streets of Seven Dials for a truly authentic taste of London at Christmastime.
Home of the spectacular Cartier Christmas present facade. This year they have added a panther to there display. Wander past Tiffany & Co, which also has a lovely display bringing its iconic ‘1837’ blue to a collection of neon Christmas trees. Stella McCartney’s store front last year had the most impressive Possibly the brightest in all of London, their impressive display lights up the entire street. Bond street is lit up above with lights in the shape of white peacock feathers, an homage to men in the late 18th century known as ‘peacocks’ for deliberately strutting along the street in their extravagant clothing.
Of course, there are many other Christmas light displays to be seen in London. Some of my other favourites include The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Maddox gallery, fortnum & mason, Natural History Museum and Harrods.