Christmas is just over a week away, and London couldn’t be more festive. All across the city, carols are echoing, Christmas markets are doing a busy trade, and mulled wine is going 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 five best places for Christmas lights in London.
The Christmas lights in Mayfair are strung all across the neighborhood, from Mount Street to South Molton Street, Bond Street to Piccadilly.
I love the ones on Mount Street, where in addition to lights, a giant Christmas tree welcomes locals and visitors with seasonal cheer.
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!).
Some of the most famous Christmas lights in London are on Oxford Street. Like last year, this year the theme is giant silver and gold baubles. They light up the
night afternoon sky like stars as Londoners battle the crowds to do last-minute Christmas shopping.
Equally famous are the Christmas lights on Regent Street. This year they have a more understated theme than in the past, and I love the way their golden wheels look under the twinkling lights.
My favorite Christmas lights in London have always been the ones on Carnaby Street. 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.
This year Carnaby Street has brightly colored stars all along its main alley and narrow passages, adding bursts of color to the sky.
Over in Chelsea, Sloane Square and its offshoots are decked out with Christmas lights, too. The square itself has lots of starbursts hanging from the trees, and Peter Jones features its usual cascade of a million twinkles.
Sloane Street and the King’s Road are also glowing 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.
Have you seen any exciting Christmas lights around the world this month? Where are they?