Christmas in London couldn’t be more festive. All across the city, carols echo, Christmas markets do a busy trade, and mulled wine goes down like water. But the best part of Christmas in London is the lights. To help you find them, here are A Lady in London’s 5 places to see the best Christmas lights in London.

Christmas Lights in London

Best Christmas Lights in London

These Christmas light displays span the city center from Knightsbridge to Soho and beyond. Filling streets and squares, they brighten up the UK capital’s winter skies and add much-needed warmth to the season.

London’s Christmas lights are usually switched on in big celebrity-led ceremonies at the beginning or middle of November. They stay up until early to mid-January, so there’s plenty of time to see them.

Admiring the best Christmas lights in London is one of the highlights of winter each year, and I hope this guide brings you the same cheer the lights have brought me.

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights in London

1. Mayfair, London Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights in Mayfair are strung all across the neighborhood, from Mount Street to South Molton Street, Bond Street to Piccadilly.

Bond Street Christmas Lights in London

I love the ones on Mount Street, where in addition to lights, a giant Christmas tree welcomes locals and visitors with seasonal cheer.

Mount Street Christmas Tree in London

But my favorites are over on Bond Street, where giant white feathers light up the sky as the sun goes down (at 3:45pm, no less!). They’re the same every year, so if you miss them this season, you can see them next.

Bond Street Christmas Lights in London

2. Oxford Street Christmas Lights in London

More of the best Christmas lights in London can be found on Oxford Street. Giant silver and gold baubles, bright stars, and other seasonal specials light up the night sky as Londoners come to do their Christmas shopping.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights in London

It’s fun to see the Oxford Street Christmas lights as you make your way down the thoroughfare in the winter season.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights in London

3. Regent Street Christmas Lights in London

Perpendicular to Oxford Street, the London Christmas lights on Regent Street are equally impressive. The theme of these lights changes annually, so they’re always unique.

It’s worth coming back year after year to see this set of Christmas lights as they follow the curve of Regent Street down to Piccadilly Circus.

Regent Street Christmas Lights in London

4. Carnaby Street Christmas Lights in London

Some of the best Christmas lights in London are the ones on Carnaby Street in Soho. Even better, the street is pedestrianized so it’s much easier to photograph them without the risk of getting hit by a big red bus.

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights in London

Each Christmas season, Carnaby Street has brightly colored lights all along its main alley and down its narrow passages. They change each year, and they always add bursts of color to the sky.

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights in London

From music-themed Christmas lights to environmentally-conscious displays, Carnaby Street mixes things up every winter to keep the season’s decorations fresh and exciting.

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights in London

5. Sloane Square Christmas Lights in London

Over in Chelsea, Sloane Square and its offshoots are decked out with Christmas lights each winter, too.

The square itself has lots of starbursts hanging from its trees, and Peter Jones features an annual cascade of a million twinkles down its facade.

Sloane Square Christmas Lights in London

Sloane Street and the King’s Road also glow with the lights of trees and decorations, the former leading up to Knightsbridge where Harvey Nichols is bright with window displays and rainbow-colored floodlights.

Peter Jones Christmas Lights in London

Top Christmas Lights in London

I hope this guide to seeing the best Christmas lights in London has given you inspiration to seek some out this season. They’re some of the most festive things about winter in London, and I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.

Where do you think the best Christmas lights in London are?

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18 Comments on Lady’s 5 Places to See the Best Christmas Lights in London

  1. I’m flying back to the U.S. on Saturday, so I’ll miss an opportunity to see the Christmas lights in London this year. I’ll save this list for next year, though 🙂

  2. WOW! This post totally makes me miss my favorite city in the world. Will defos have to make the trip next holiday season and make a point to go to the Somerset house.
    xo NM

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