Christmas decorations in London – what to see in one day

The best Christmas decorations in London to see in one day

There is no bad time to visit London. Since I moved to the UK, I’m there a couple of times a year and every time I’m fascinated by its vibrancy, variety and bustle. But London at Christmas time is a whole new level of excitement. Streets decorated with festive lights, stores, cafes and restaurants adorned with baubles, angels, tinsel and candy, Christmas trees sprouting up all over the city. You can really get caught up in the magic of Christmas and there is no other time when London looks more beautiful.

You run into decorations almost everywhere you go. But here are my top recommendations of Christmas decorations in London, that you can see in one day! Not to mention that they’re total Instagram spots.

Christmas at Covent Garden in London

1. Covent Garden
It’s one of the places in London that is worth visiting all year round. Always decorated with beautiful flower carts and flower benches, inviting you to visit quirky, cute stores or have a cocktail in fancy bars. But during Christmas it changes into the ultimate destination for a magical festive experience. As well as the iconic 55-foot tall, handpicked Christmas tree, decorated with over 30,000 lights, Covent Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland, glittering with lights and sprinkled with ornaments across the historic piazza and its surrounding streets.

Don’t forget to pop to Covent Garden Infinity Chamber – in words for humans – an Instagram famous light tunnel. Located in Conduit Court, created using thousands of LED bulbs, the light tunnel offers great fun and a little light therapy. It’s definitely a must-snap spot.

Covent Garden Infinity Chamber - light tunnel in Covent Garden, London

Address:
Covent Garden The Market Bldg, Brentford
How to get there:
Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square station
TIP:
Covent Garden station is often closed due to its small size and big crowds, so you’re safer picking Leicester Square station.

2. Annabel’s Mayfair
If you’re not a member, there is not much you can do there. Apart from admiring the huge Christmas tree that the building is decorated with every year. Annabel’s is a private members club where they all (probably) wear gowns and tiaras and you have to pay a small fortune to get in. So, there is a chance that they’re not enjoying hundreds of Instagrammers taking pictures in front of the building.
At 13 meters (42 feet) tall, spectacular Christmas tree hung outside is the main reason for average joes to go and it’s totally worth the trip.

Christmas decoration at Annabel's Mayfair in London

Address:
46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London
How to get there:
Tube: Green Park station or several buses.

3. New Bond Street and Old Bond Street
Staying with the posh and glam…
If your grandma keeps dropping hints about a new Chanel bag, your dog would rule the neighbourhood with a new Cartier collar or you finally want to make him (or her – sex equality daaa!) pop the question with a Harry Winston ring, you should make your way to New Bond Street. Located a walkable distance from Annabel’s, New Bond Street is full of beautifully decorated facades of designers shops, luxury fashion and art stores.

While strolling Old Bond Street, don’t miss the Royal Arcade. It’s a classic Victorian cute, little cut through, where Christmas decorations are always on point.

London Christmas decorations in Royal Arcade

Address:
New Bond Street Mayfair, London
How to get there:
Walk from Annabel’s Mayfair.
Tube: Green Park Station.

4. Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Nestled to the side of the Natural History Museum, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to visit in London at Christmas time. A shiny Christmas tree, festive carousel, impressive museum and the smell of mulled wine in the air. Whether you’re an ice skating ballerina or you feel more comfortable propping up the walls, skating in these surroundings will be an amazing experience.

Ice Rink at Natural History Museum in London

Unless you go on weekday mornings, you have to be prepared for a lot of people. But booking tickets in advance is not necessary, when you come at least 30 min before the start of the session.

Address:
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London
How to get there:
Tube: South Kensington station

5. The Ivy Chelsea Garden
If you decided to ice skate and you still have strength, and still have all your fingers (I always had this phobia that if I fall on the ice rink, someone will skate by and cut off my fingers), you can stroll through Kensington and Chelsea to get to one of the swanky Ivy’s restaurants. The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a perfect place to celebrate the Christmas season in a fancy way, either by booking a table and enjoying their festive menu or by just admiring the spectacular installation across the front of the building. They really go all in! And even if you’re not planning on dining there, just like probably 90% of the admirers, this insanely beautiful decoration is again, worth a visit.

2 min walk from The Ivy Chelsea Garden, there is another London Instagram spot: Peggy Porschen patisserie – Chelsea branch, but as big a fan as I am of Instagrammable locations, this one is not worth a walk.

Address:
195 -197 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London
How to get there: 
Walk from Natural History Museum
Tube: South Kensington or Sloane Square station or several buses

5a. Harrods
If you don’t feel like going to Chelsea, you can head in the other direction to get to the most famous department store in London – Harrods. The Christmas decorations both inside and outside are always a sight to behold.

Address:
87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London
How to get there:
Walk from Natural History Museum
Tube: Knightsbridge station

6. Regent Street and Oxford Street
Saving the best for last, we come to the Christmas lights and decorations hanging over the two most famous streets in London. Nothing says London at Christmas time more than the angels flying over Regent Street and the flickering, sparkling lights hung between the buildings of Oxford Street. In 2019, for the first time in 6 years, the lovely baubles of Oxford Street have been replaced with LED light curtains, which animate between different Christmas themes. To be honest I preferred the baubles. Luckily the glorious golden angels still soar above Regent Street making it my favourite London Christmas decoration.

Christmas lights in London on Oxford Street

Address:
Regent Street, London
Oxford Street, London (Tottenham Court Road Station)
How to get there:
Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus station
TIP:
To best appreciate the lights, start your journey from Tottenham Court Road station, walk down Oxford Street and turn left onto Regent Street. You can make your way down to the famous Piccadilly Circus and get blown away by brightness of the advertising screens. And the crowds….yes, it will be busy!

7. Carnaby Street
While walking down Regent Street you can stop by Carnaby Street, also fabulously decorated. In 2019 Carnaby has collaborated with an ocean conservation charity and created a sustainable display, made of reusable materials, emphasising the need to protect our oceans.  

Address:
Carnaby Street, London
How to get there:
Walk from Regent Street or Oxford Street


Below, you can find a map of the route that I took to see the best Christmas decorations in London, proving that you can visit them all in one day…if you don’t stop and don’t eat…nah, kidding, there is plenty of time for both.

Map of Christmas decorations in London

I hope you enjoyed this little guide of my favourite Christmas decorations in London and you find it useful during your London decoration hunt.
Merry Christmas!


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