Merry Christmas! I am writing this month’s article from the poolside of my hostel, on a tiny island in Indonesia. It’s a hard task, to write about Christmas in London when I am so far from home, and when it is so hot here. But here goes.
For me, Christmas in London is about taking a wander around the city and seeing where you end up. Colourful Christmas lights are guaranteed on every street and mulled wine is served at every pub. My favourite areas to spot Christmas lights are Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Seven Dials,
Belgravia and Mayfair. If you can brave the crowds, Oxford Street and Bond Street also boast some impressive lights. Many of these areas also put on Christmas markets for the festive period.
After Christmas-light spotting, there is no doubt you’ll need a festive tipple. Find a traditional British pub, most of which will be serving mulled wine and hot cider in a cosy setting. For a true wintery experience, wrap up warm and sit or stand outside with your drink as you watch the festivities take place outside. Many pubs now have outdoor heaters and blankets to keep you warm. Alternatively, if you fancy a more luxurious afternoon, head to one of London’s many rooftop bars. My favourite is The Aviary in Finsbury Square.
Now it’s time for food. From 3rd – 11th December, Covent Garden runs a Christmas sandwich festival, with a bunch of restaurants offering Christmas-themed bites all day long. I’ve heard rumours of a cheese and black truffle sandwich… For more festive food on the go, head to any of the Christmas markets for winter-themed street food. Or, opt for a sit-down meal. Head to London’s cosy pubs, where you can treat yourself to a British Classic while sitting by a roaring fire.
This is my last article for The Listing, as I continue my travels around South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
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