When two of your gal squad head off to uni in London, it was only a matter of time before a visit to the capital was planned, and London at Christmas did not disappoint.
Upon arrival at Kings Cross, and praying we’d correctly navigated our way across central London, we were reunited with our besties (and tour guides) for the mini break. Eager and excited, we dumped all our bags and set out to explore the bright (Christmas) lights of the city.
Our first stop, only naturally, was Camden Market. Here the array of independent market stalls and dreamy food outlets, mean there is truly something for everyone. Stocked up on halloumi fries, some mini Dutch pancakes too (hey it’s Christmas!) and a few unnecessary items purchased, we hopped on a bus to our next stop.
Strolling down Regent’s Street, we saw a host of angelic Christmas lights, enough to please even the grinches amongst us all. Following this trail of lights back to Leicester Square, we checked out the Christmas Market stalls before heading inside to Wagamama’s – who can resist their yaki soba? The perfect end to the perfect day.
A new day, another set of German Christmas markets to explore. This time it was the turn of Southbank to provide all the festive feels.
After soaking up the mulled wine, we decided to walk off all the Christmas induced carbs and head across the Thames to St. Pauls Cathedral. Once here, and tourist snaps taken, we proceeded to One New Change’s roof terrace, where free entry gives you a view of St. Pauls and the London skyline in all its glory.
The evening time brought yet another excuse to view the festive lights and buy some Christmas presents. Wandering around Oxford Street and onto Carnaby Street, the hustle and bustle only cemented the Christmassy vibe. Hopping on yet another iconic bus, we left the shoppers behind for the cosy and relaxed ambience of student digs.
What’s a group reunion without an aesthetic brunch? Journeying to Shoreditch we stumbled across the scrumptious Attendant, whose offerings of brunch are simply divine. With so much on offer, and an uncompromising student loan, it was hard knowing what to order. But, be assured, the banana bread toast did not disappoint.
The early afternoon consisted of exploring what Shoreditch has to offer, including finding all the instagramable graffiti walls, exploring all the vintage stores down Brick Lane and feeling warmed by the carol singers in Old Spitalfields Market.
Having fully absorbed the differing Shoreditch vibes, we headed back to central for our last pre-evening in London. Stopping off at Covent Garden, I was thoroughly impressed by the splendid Christmas decorations – by far my favourites yet!
Deciding to make the most of the remaining day light ours, we took a stroll through Hyde Park, eventually reaching Harrods – much to our delight. A Christmas-lovers heaven in full glory. The beautiful lights and window displays are simply enough in themselves. Having explored the magic-land, we headed back and waved goodbye to London Town.