London is one of the most amazing cities at Christmas and today I’m listing the most instagrammable spots in our city this season. Year on year, Christmas displays in London have gotten better and better, from fantastic floral creations, to fabulous festive tributes, each store is trying to out-do its neighbour with their shop front installation. My job as a photographer takes me to all corners of the city and means I have the chance to spot the best displays as soon as they launch, so I thought I would share my favourites today with you. Get ready to mark these out on your Google Maps and bring out your cameras ready to grab those magical Christmas Insta-snaps!
#1 – COVENT GARDEN
This year Covent Garden have really set the bar high with their Christmas decor! They’ve got a Morris Minor ready to deliver Christmas gifts, their traditional Covent Garden Christmas tree, a ceiling full of baubles, an enormous silver reindeer… I mean it doesn’t get more festive than this!! My favourite thing to would be take a stroll around the square, get a few Christmas snaps, pop by Jubilee arts and crafts market for some cute stocking filler and finish up at Petersham Nurseries deli where you can pick up a delicious lunch and/or coffee!
#2 – ELIZABETH STREET
Elizabeth street is jam-packed with displays, recently almost all year round! Christmas, however, is another level. You’ve got the pink perfection of Peggy Porschen Cakes, Les Senteurs whose season displays have not ceased to amaze this year. Then there is Moyses Stephens who have become an florist Instagram sensation, again, thanks to their incredible store front creations! Two other great spots are Dominique Ansel Bakery and Beulah London… These are all just doors down from each other and the street is full of boutiques and cafés, so the perfect place to grab a cuppa and get snapping!
#3 – THE IVY
In general, all of the Ivy restaurants in London play their part at Christmas. They always make sure their displays are nothing less than amazing, but this year the Ivy Chelsea really does take the biscuit. They transformed their facade to a gingerbread house bonanza. Covered in sweets, lollipops, icicles and baubles, the front of the restaurant is a feast for the eyes! I would highly recommend dining at the Ivy if you’re visiting London and want some good, hearty British food. Don’t miss their shepherd’s pie and chocolate bombe for dessert!
#4 – ST PANCRAS
I always love what St Pancras does with their Christmas tree each year. I haven’t had chance to pop down this year but as far as I can see online it is a beautiful blue tree sponsored by Tiffany’s! I still love last year’s pink ombre creation that added a beautiful burst of colour to the magnificent station. If you fancy popping down, don’t miss either having a drink in the Booking Office bar at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, grab a glass of bubbly from Searcy’s or if you fancy a nibble, order yourself a plate of cheeses and cold cuts from MI+ME!
#5 – LONDON’S 5* HOTELS
Places that never disappoint at Christmas are the 5* hotels in London. The Ritz always looks dolled up ready for the festive month and I can never resist getting a photograph outside or under their walkway of wreaths. If you take a stroll from the Ritz towards Hyde Park corner and turn right to continue up Park Lane, you’ll pass some of London’s best 5* hotels. Don’t miss out on their stunning lobbies as each and every one of them does an incredible job at Christmas. One of my favourites is definitely the Dorchester, which feels like a magical wonderland as soon as you set foot inside!
This is one not to be missed, for skating and for the views. If you don’t want to be disappointed, make sure to book early! Head to South Kensington station and the Natural History Museum is just a 5 minutes walk from there. I would recommend getting lunch or a coffee at Brown & Rosie’s, so cosy with great food!! You can, of course, pop into the museum before or after you’ve been skating. And if natural history isn’t your kind of thing, right next door is the V&A with the most amazing cultural, art and fashion collections to visit (you can see what is on at the V&A online!)
#7 – ANNABEL’S + BOND ST
I have to say that I think Annabel’s in Mayfair might have won the Christmas display award this year. They really spared no pennies in creating this masterpiece of a Christmas tree, climbing the entire way up the front of Annabel’s townhouse, not to mention the wonderful red coats worn by the doormen. For more Christmas displays in Mayfair, head to Mount Street which is packed with beautiful boutiques who always decorate their shop fronts and windows so wonderfully! You can’t, of course, miss New Bond Street for both the incredible lights and stunning displays – in fact the entire area of Mayfair becomes a Christmas is like treasure trove of festive delights. Get your walking shoes on and get discovering!!
#8 – WINTER WONDERLAND
Last but not least has to be Winter Wonderland. Though it does get busy, most mornings this colourful festive haven in the city is so fun to stroll around! We found some of the most amazing stalls there which make for the cutest Christmas photos. From popcorn stands to Ferris wheels, Winter Wonderland has it all. I would avoid weekend evenings and get there early for an enjoyable experience!