Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd
London sparkles at Christmas. I was enthralled with how many light displays lined the streets and markets of England’s capital when Brian and I visited last December. Unique glittering facades were at the turn of every corner, and their contrast with the historic buildings was pure magic. We took many evening strolls in admiration of the beauty that adorned the city, so here are a few favorite images to help ring in the holiday spirit!
The Knightsbridge neighborhood is home to London’s most famous shop, Harrods. Starbursts dance upon the buildings as if they are leading shoppers down to the store. In the above photo you can see Harrods, covered in golden lights, in the background, just behind the bus.
The orbs that line Oxford Street were designed to resemble a flurry of snowflakes. Along my favorite corner was a building that dripped with stands of golden white lights.
Bond Street was lined with a peacock themed display. Glittering plumes hang above the streets of this popular shopping area.
Angels fly through Regent Street and smile down on Christmas Shoppers.
Love is actually all around you when you walk down Carnaby Street in the SOHO neighborhood.
While not officially a light display, I couldn’t help but share pictures from the ice skating rink at Somerset House. Skaters orbit the rink under the stars, and are surrounded by bursts of colored lights that are cast upon the neoclassic facade. There are several places to ice skate in the city, but I thought that this was the most stunning.
The Churchill Arms
When we first visited London in 2015, we stumbled upon the Churchill Arms and had a pint, along with some of the best Thai food we’ve ever had. At that time the building was bursting with colorful summer blooms, so when we heard they decorated it for Christmas, we knew we could not miss a chance to visit it again. I am glad that the shorter winter days allowed us to the see the pub lit up in all of its glory. This is a special place, and it was really wonderful to visit it again during the holidays.
Have you ever visited London during Christmas? What are your favorite places to take in the holiday festivities? Let us know if the comments below.
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