London Christmas Shopper
Wednesday 1 December 2021
Festive family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park.
London acquires a special sparkle around Christmas time. The weather is frosty, the Christmas lights are twinkling, and shoppers line the streets.
The centrepiece of London's Christmas spectacle is the giant pine tree – a gift to London from the people of Norway – which is beautifully adorned and set up in Trafalgar Square each year.
Christmas Shopping In London
Shop for Christmas gifts and decorations in London's fabulously festive West End. Exit the tube at upmarket Bond Street for top London department stores Selfridges and Liberty London, which both house dedicated Christmas shops. Selfridges is the go-to store for Union Jack baubles, while Liberty is known for its traditional wreaths and gorgeous crackers. Marvel at Oxford St's magical Christmas window displays, as well as its glittering lights and decorations.
Ready for lunch? Refuel at hidden shopping and dining gems like St Christopher Place, off Oxford Street, which boasts 20 restaurants and cafes, or Carnaby St off Regent Street, where you'll find independent restaurants offering more than 15 cuisines from around the world.
For a sumptuous treat, break up the day with a delicious afternoon tea at one of London's luxury restaurants or hotels; some of which offer special Christmas-themed teas with seasonal treats.
From the merry shopping hubs of Bond Street, Oxford St and Mayfair, it's an easy walk, Tube or bus ride to Hyde Park's's popular festive attraction Winter Wonderland where you can browse wooden chalets for gifts, sip mulled wine, feast on German sausage and even enjoy a skate on the ice rink. Perfect for families, there are also several gentle rides for kids, the highlight of which is the observation wheel which affords sweeping views of the fair and beyond.
The Winter Festival celebrates all things festive. From November, Southbank Centre will be filled with Christmas markets, specially-commissioned installations around the site and spectacular shows for all. The line-up for the festival will be announced later in the year.
COACH FROM ROTHERHAM, CATCLIFFE, SHEFFIELD & CHESTERFIELD
AT LEAST 5 HOURS IN LONDON (DEPARTS LONDON AT 19h00)