As I was walking home from work last night, I saw the Christmas lights in Central London and started to hum “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”
I love living in London, and sometimes I forget how beautiful it is. The Christmas lights make it even more beautiful and enjoyable at this time of the year, and they even make me forget it is cold and dark outside.
If you are planning a trip to London this Christmas, I have put together a list of our favourite places to visit and things to see and do:
Things to Do:
The Christmas lights in Oxford Street is a must-see attraction, it will definitely put you in the festive mood. Take That switched on the festive illuminations in Regent Street a few days ago, celebrating the family film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
While you are walking down Regent Street appreciating the Christmas lights, make sure to visit Hamleys, the oldest toy shop in the world. It has everything you could think of, and it is a great place for children and adults alike.
The London Eye is one of our favourite attractions, together with Madame Tussauds and Sea Life Aquarium. There is nothing like looking over the city from the London Eye. I have been several times and still find it magical. I always take anyone that visits us for a ride on the big wheel, and they love the experience.
Shopping and Dining:
One of our favourite places to shop is the London Designer Outlet at Wembley Park, it has a wide range of stores offering up to 70% of discount on high street places. It also has a selection of family-friendly restaurants, such as Jimmy’s World Kitchen, Frankie and Benny’s and Ping Pong.
To make your shopping experience even more enjoyable, an outdoor ice rink has recently opened just outside London Designer Outlet, so now you can also enjoy an ice skating session after your Christmas shopping and meal. We were ice skating at Wembley Park a few days ago, and loved the experience while listening to Christmas songs.
Shopping is a tiring job, and I truly believe it should be considered a form of exercise. After all that shopping and walking around in London, you will certainly be tired and in need of a comfortable place to rest your legs.
There are great hotels in London, such as Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, located in the heart of London in South Kensington. If you prefer a hotel in Central London, check out Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park, within short walk to Oxford Street and Regent Street.
Are you coming to London this Christmas? What are you looking forward to visiting?
This post has been written in collaboration with IHG, however the opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own.