‘All that glitters’
This week has seen the emergence of thousands of decorations being draped, and lights being ignited, across the capital as the infamous ‘countdown’ to Christmas commences.
Christmas is my favourite time of year, the weather gets crisper, people seem happier, and it becomes acceptable to drink mulled wine and munch on mince pies again.
I’m delighted that I’m in London for the run-up to Christmas, and this past fortnight I’ve taken to the streets to explore how the city is gearing up for this year’s festivities.
1) Somerset House
Isn’t Somerset House just the most beautiful place?
It’s my Bryant Park, NYC equivalent – no kidding.
I adore this venue, and the Christmas decorations bring it to life even more.
I stumbled into the Square by chance last week after it caught my eye whilst I was taking a stroll down the Strand.
The giant letters spell out ‘SKATE’, and the merry ice-skaters swirl around the rink with rosy cheeks and beaming smiles. It exudes beauty. It’s evocative of an ice palace – think Elsa’s palace à la Frozen.
The huge Christmas tree stands proud in the centre of the Square, lit brilliantly by hundreds of bright lights.
It’s a brilliant place to spend an evening as a couple, a bit of ice-skating and a hot chocolate or mulled wine to sip on at the cafe afterwards? Ideal.
2) Oxford Street
Globes of light litter the sky on Oxford and Regents Streets.
This timeless and minimalistic decoration brings the strip to life.
With late night shopping a daily occurrence, these lights add more than a little sparkle to your shopping trip.
On every corner you find people Instagramming & Snapchatting beautiful photos of the night sky that’s so wonderfully adorned in crystal, basket spheres. This simple yet eloquent design adds some twinkle to your Christmas shopping trip. I think they almost look like planets lit up against the deep black hue of the night sky.
3) Carnaby Street
Everyone is bypassing all the cool, designer shops along Carnaby St, choosing instead to turn their eyes upwards to the retro, red, white and silver glamour hovering above the heads of shoppers.
Combining Movember with Christmas, these decorations are just too swish for the average-joe.
It’s Shoreditch come high-end-80s-retro-hipster-glam (ever the oxymoron!)
Have fun exploring,