• Katariina Holroyd

Christmas lights in London 2020

As an Australian spending yet another December in London, there is one thing I can say for sure. London is THE leader of Christmas decorations. Without fail, as soon as Halloween passes, Christmas trees are popping up in apartment windows and by December 1st the whole city is showered in enough LED lights to put Las Vegas to shame.


With Christmas this year being different to what we are used to and with London being placed into tier 3 restrictions it leaves its residents with scarcer options other than to put on their walking shoes and wander Londons chrisjazzled streets.


Have a look at some of my favourite decorations. Get those steps in and make the lead up to Christmas as jolly as possible!



Covent Garden Christmas Decorations


Covent Garden is one of London’s most charming shopping districts and every December it ramps up its usual charm by nailing the Christmas decoration on the head.Numerous Christmas trees and baubles fill the streets and halls of Covent Garden.


With many takeaway outlets nearby even with the current restrictions you can enjoy a mulled wine and admire its jaw dropping decorations.





Regent Street Christmas Lights


Regents Street was the first central London location to showcase Christmas Lights in 1954. The Regents Street Christmas Angels have been a popular image for several years and have hovered high above the shoppers below.


Snagging this iconic photo without the bustling streets requires dedication!



Oxford Street Christmas Lights


The popular London shopping area is LED city. A total of 220,000 lights have been installed this year to display a poem dedicated to London. While restrictions are currently in place, Oxford Street even so has the hustle and bustle feel of a normal Christmas.


Alongside the usual messages of goodwill, each week will star the name of an everyday hero/someone who has gone the extra mile in 2020 to help those affected by the pandemic.



Carnaby Christmas Lights


CHOOSE LOVE IN CARNABY. One of the many positive messages you will see lit up in purple in Carnaby. These positive words are in collaboration with the Help Refugee charity Choose Love.



Leadenhall Christmas Lights


Despite the City of London being eerily quiet due to most working from home. The Leadenhall Market Christmas Decorations look invitingly cosy and the opportunity to capture a photo without hordes of city workers enjoying a knock off drink or 10 hopefully won’t be possible again.



Annabel's Christmas Decorations


The iconic members only club in Mayfair has adopted a Nutcracker-themed Christmas decoration. With the building outlined by theatre drapes and ballerina dancers replayed in the windows.

Located on Berkley Square in Mayfair these prancing ballerinas are not to be missed!



Fortnum & Mason Christmas Decorations


Fortnum & Mason located in Piccadilly boast four numbers I am sure most of us never want to see again come the 1st of January but despite this, Fortnum & Mason have created a 24-day advent calendar on their street facing windows. Cute!


Cartier Christmas Decorations




A name that oozes luxury maintains its effortless classiness with its Christmas decorations this year. Located on New Bond Street you cannot miss this beautiful building replicating a present. With its iconic London telephone box in front of it you will see many influencers and passers-by lined up to take a photo.


London in GENERAL



Whilst wandering between all the famous Christmas lights well known to London. You will undoubtedly come across endless and lesser known arcades, restaurants and shops that have made an incredible effort to decorate this Christmas.


If you can purchase that takeaway coffee, mulled wine or tasty snack please do. You will be supporting a small business that may rely on it.


Merry Christmas Everyone!


Love,


Katariina




Many of these photos are credited to my talented fiance @askyourconciergelondon