Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and are all geared up for New Year. Can you believe it? we made it to 2022! So as promised I am here with my second part of the London at Christmas series you can read part one here. I mean we have all heard about how amazing London is in summer but London in winter is also a sight to see. It doesn’t snow in London as much anymore like it would have done 10yrs ago but London at Christmas is a different mood. Everything is so festive you just get lost in the magic.
A guide to London’s most instagrammable places during Christmas (part 2)
In this part, I am going to take you to some of the most iconic lights and some of the most famous instagrammable places in London at Christmas.
Lights at Regent Street, london
Some of the most iconic angel lights are there to be seen all over Regent Street, in London. The best place to take a picture here is on the pavement between the roads but if you want one at the iconic bend you will need to wait in a queue. I for one didn’t have the patience for it, so we just stopped near Ted baker and it was just perfect.
Lights at Oxford Street
Right near Regent street is also London’s Iconic lights at Oxford Street. I had not been able to get a decent picture here as it was busy and we were hungry, but yes they are not to be missed.
Albert Bridge Chelsea, London
We have all seen and heard about Tower Bridge (also incorrectly known as London Bridge) but have you seen the Albert Bridge? I like to call it the gem of Chelsea because this bridge is spectacular. Christmas or not, this bridge is lit up like a party all year round. I think it’s hands down the prettiest bridge in London.
Currently, it is painted pink, blue, and green so it is visible in the fog to any ships. It is known that the bridge was painted green in the 20th century and at one point was painted blue and white. I think it being pink right now means it makes for a perfect Instagrammable spot for anyone looking for a pink or neutral aesthetic.
The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden
Bring your attention back to Covent Garden; you have to check out the beautiful decor at The Ivy Market Grill right by the square. The menus at The Ivy Market Grill have been created by The Ivy Collection’s Executive Chef, Sean Burbidge, and are designed to offer an eclectic mix of modern British comfort food and international dishes. They also serve bespoke cocktails for guests.
This restaurant only offers dine-in options at this location.
The Ritz, London
And all that glam! You must check out The Ritz walkway for stunning decoration. Of course, the inside is even better, but I am currently massively underfunded to get inside! (ahh, one day eh?)
But hey! I got you, the best way to get here to the corridor is to get down at Green Park tube station. Because even though the hotel is on Piccadilly Street, it would be a long walk from Piccadilly tube station. And if you can afford a room, by all means, relish it!
Tiffany and Co, Sloane Square and New Bond Street
The word dreamy describes Tiffany and Company’s 2021 Christmas decor so well. The purple, pink and ivory clouds with a hint of gold just makes it a nice photo backdrop. The one in the picture below is at Sloane Square, while the other is at New Bond Street. Take your pick, they all look amazing!
Cartier, New Bond Street
One of the most famous and beautiful decorations in London can be found on New Bond Street. Cartier storefront is always decked up like a big present itself and you will find so many people taking pictures here. This is an influencer hotspot so if you get here early then you are sure to meet some of your peers in the industry filming and taking pictures.
Chanel Bond Street
Chanel storefront on Bond Street is also a sight to see. I mean who wouldn’t want to go in? Not me, because I am broke, but hey! you got to see it for yourself.
This year Burlington Arcade paid tribute to our beloved British icon – James Bond. The arcade turns into a beautifully decorated passage where you can find the most amazing Luxury stores. Again, timing is key, If you need a shot free of people then you need to get in there early in the morning right around opening time. This shot below is around 11am since I couldn’t afford to drag my family out here first thing. You could also stay late and try to catch the lights when they are the brightest.
I for one wasn’t as bothered about the perfect shot because London in all its glory is just spectacular. And people, they make it more Christmassy, don’t you agree?
Princes Arcade Piccadilly
Princes Arcade is another spectacular arcade that you should visit while you are in the Piccadilly area. This arcade with its beautiful shops will make you feel like you stepped into the sets of Harry Potter. Just give me my wand, please?
Fortnum and Mason
Welcome to the department store of dreams – Fortnum and Mason is another great option to explore while you are here. With its luxurious hampers, tea sets and festive decorations this is just a perfect spot. Christmas comes early at Fortnum and Mason, it is said that they start preparing for it in July every year and the Christmas shop is up and running by August. The festivities start appearing in November in full swing.
I would so recommend going inside even if you don’t buy anything, it is an experience in itself that you shouldn’t miss. The best picture spot for the Fortnum and Mason building is right opposite it. I didn’t want to stop there as it was busy. But if you would like to take a picture with the iconic Year numbers on the window, then you just go a little further back on the opposite side of the building and take the shot.
With that, I am wrapping up my post about some of the most iconic and Instagrammable places in London in winter and during Christmas. Of course, there are many more spots to cover that I aim to check out in 2022 and beyond, but I hope you find this useful.
I would also love to thank you all for your readership. It has meant so much to have so many of you follow my passion and join this journey with me. This year has been mercurial, to say the least, and if anything I have found peace in my creative outlets. So thank you for being here with me and for me. Happy New Year! See you in the new year with many more posts to go!