Christmas in London?
If you want to start your Christmas time, London is calling you. While many European cities are still lagging behind in terms of Christmas lights, carrols, trees and gifts, London is definitely not. So if you plan a Christmas shopping spree, London is a perfect destination. If you are planning to spend Christmas in London – this is an ultimate guide for you.
Best way to spend Christmas in London? Shopping, Shopping…
Actually, it is not that the Christmas shopping craziness has started just recently. Absolutely not. It started in late October this year, as shoppers from all over the world have for years been choosing London as their prime Christmas shopping capital city.
Christmas Presents Tips
Next week we are going to equip you with tips as to what to buy for your presents and where should you be considering coming to London in this very special time of the year. Apart from the shopping, London is very charming indeed in December. And shopping goes quickly and nicely with all the lights, mulled wine, a scent of Christmas trees, and carols played in the background to make us spend even more of course.
If in London for Christmas shopping, visiting the luxury shopping Mecca, that is Harrods in Brompton Road, is a must. And this year there is an additional occasion to visit them. Dolce&Gabbana have prepared a special Christmas market on the 4th Floor at Harrods for you. You can buy their bags, wallets, scarves, gloves, perfumes, and jewellery at a specially designed Christmas market as if taken directly from Italy. There are stalls like those known from Venice or Florence or Rome but with the Christmas twist. For the brand’s lovers, a must-see. And they even play Italian popular songs in the background should you happen to be fans.
Actually, every visit at Harrods is an experience in itself and Christmas makes the experience even more noticeable on many levels. For some because they can feel their wallets are getting thinner, for others – because they cannot afford a lot there. Whichever group you belong to, it is worth going through it. If you prefer, you can always visit other famous shopping destinations like Harvey Nichols or Selfridges, or John Lewis which offer the same labels and the crowds are similar.
If you have are spending Christmas in London and have a more modest budget, however, you can always choose other British brands which offer goods at reasonable prices. Oxford Street will not let you down if you need to do the shopping fast and in one area. If you do not mind shopping with million of other shopping enthusiasts, we highly recommend it. After a visit to Oxford Street, you will appreciate the spiritual calmness of Christmas holidays in London.
Liberty, King’s Road, Fulham Road
If you prefer to avoid Oxford Street, but you are around, choose the Liberty for posh labels, and Carnaby Street for more independent brands. Or if you happen to be staying in Chelsea or nearby the Saatchi Gallery we recommend unique boutiques in King’s Road or a bit further up in Fulham Road. You will not meet them in London’s typical shopping districts so if you want to buy something really special, try them out.
Christmas Markets in London
But Christmas shopping in London is not just golden-glittered posh department stores or crowded streets. It is also Christmas markets which are a true added value to the city’s Christmas spirit.
You can get small gifts there for your family and friends, but above all, you can inhale the London Christmas atmosphere to the utmost. Christmas trees, carrols, frosty weather, mulled wine, British sausages, jewellery, handcrafted leather goods. We all have Christmas markets around the world (you can read more about the best here), but do visit them while you are in London. There is the enormous one in Hyde Park, but do visit one in 55 Baker Street or the one at the Battersea Power Station or an Italian one (no, not Dolce&Gabbana this time) at the Chelsea Town Hall. We personally adore the one recently opened at London Bridge. There are 45 stalls with clothes and jewellery so you will find your bespoke presents there for sure. Additionally, the atmosphere there is just gorgeous so it is a must see while in London before Christmas. But do choose your favourite London Christmas market. There is a really wide selection of them.
And if you are still wondering what to buy as presents during your London Christmas spree, watch this space – we will be writing about big and small gifts in our next post.