Plan your Christmas shopping trip in London this year, and you will be able to tick off some of the most festive spots in the capital, spotting many beautiful window displays and Christmas lights, all while choosing gifts on your list.
Morning in Mayfair
You may take a stroll through the West End and past Piccadilly Circus into the upmarket Mayfair, in which you can find ironic arcades and high-end fashion jewellery. Go to the Bond Street and you can have some serious window shopping at the likes of Tiffany & Co, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. You can choose chocolates at the Prestat in the Princes Arcade strolling the red carpet to Burlington Arcade for some independent boutiques and marvelling at the towers of Laduree’s colourful macarons for your French luxury foods. You will be wowed with the amazing Christmas lights and decorations at the South Molten Street.
Breakfast in the Covent Garden
Start your London Christmas shopping day in style at Convent Garden and take the Tube to Leicester Square. In the cobbled streets of Covent Garden piazza, you will see one of the biggest Christmas trees of London, surrounded by the immaculately decorated streets. Your options for breakfast range from the extravagant foods at Balthazar to the simple Le Pain Quotidien on the main square. As soon as you’ve had your morning coffee, you will be able to select the latest iPhone or other Apple products at the Apple Store, and you can even find the best in British fashion at Burberry Brit, Ted Baker, Barbour, Paul Smith, Hackett, Ben Sherman, Jack Wills, and a whole lot more. On the other hand, you can grab a cinnamon bun and coffee at nearby Seven Dials before strolling through the bustling shopping streets that have been transformed into an enchanted forest of lights for Christmas.
Decorations for Christmas Tree at Harrods
You can make a beeline for the twinkling lights of Harrods when you walk down the Poccadilly and past Hyde Park, or when you jump on the Tube for 2 stops into Knightsbridge. There are tickets for the largely famous Christmas Grotto go on sale as early as September, and most commonly selling out right away, but the Christmas shop is there to be enjoyed by everyone, with festive decorations galore. There are other departments that will get you covered for gift ideas, from sports equipment to dog accessories.
Afternoon shopping and tea time along Piccadilly
If you want to really treat yourself, you may book in for some afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon and refuel in preparation for more retail therapy this Christmas season. The Ritz is also hosting its luxurious afternoon tea in the Palm Court, which is filled with lights.
Last minute shopping at the Westfield
Westfield London is open until 10 in the evening except for Sundays, and the Westfield Stratford City is closing just one hour earlier at 9 in the evening, allowing for some late-night scrambling and finding that special gift that keeps on eluding you all day.
There are more to see and do in London this Christmas. Shop around and you might find the most special shopping item this year.