As we draw closer to Christmas, London is beginning to empty as the population escapes on their festive breaks; many will return to childhood homes, others will take to the slopes, and I’m sure some have absconded in search of sun. However, if you are in London over these rarer quieter days, it is a lovely opportunity to take yourself on a wander to discover the London Christmas lights 2014. Whilst the commercially themed lights of Oxford and Regent Street seem often to be coined as the highlight of London’s Christmas twinkle, there are so many areas with a festive feeling of magic. I would recommend this as a cheap afternoon out over the Christmas break.
London Christmas Light 2014
Here is just a sample of some of the offerings. Don yourself in a woolly scarf and gloves, grab yourself a mulled wine from the many temporary stalls set up across London, and take your time to meander the streets and enjoy the beautiful sparkle of London at Christmas.
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How much does it cost?
These lights are free to enjoy so the only cost will be your transport to and from Central London.
Where do I need to go?
Charing Cross is a good place to begin. Take the short walk to Trafalgar Square to see the 20 metre-plus tree donated to the people of London by the city of Oslo, Norway. Then wander up the Strand to Somerset House, wrap your hands around a steaming mulled wine and marvel at how bad some people are at ice-skating! Then make your way through the back streets towards Covent Garden, and then through Soho towards Carnaby Street and Kingly Court.
What to look out for?
At this time of year, the majority of retailers and residents get very into the festive spirit, so keep your eyes peeled as I am sure there are many hidden festive displays to enjoy.
What should I wear?
Whilst the winter of 2014 has so far been mild, wrap up and potentially consider layers if the cold hits.
What should I take with me?
There will be an abundance of cafes, pubs and restaurants on route, although many will be closed if you are out walking on Christmas Day. There will also be many convenience stores to pick up drinks or snacks. So take whatever you don’t want to pay for!
Are there loos?
Again, this will be largely dependent on the availability of open shops and eateries/drinking venues. There are a small number of public toilets on this route but these may be closed on the main Christmas bank holidays.
How much time do I need?
To be able to properly enjoy this walk, I would allow at least 2 hours. However, as there are many transport options, if you fancy diving home for warmth at any time, this is a very flexible outing which allows for that.
Wrap up and enjoy a lovely festive break, wherever you may be spending it!
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