Fancy some very special Christmas shopping? Book a bed and breakfast in gower street, take in a show and see some fantastic Christmas illuminations? Then head for London and enjoy a pre-Christmas break in the city.
You are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to hunting out unusual presents. Quite apart from the incredible choice throughout the West End, you also have Knightsbridge, Kensington High Street and the maze of streets surrounding Covent Garden and Seven Dials. There are also the unusual venues such as the London Silver Vaults at Chancery Lane, home to countless dealers who sell antique and contemporary silver ware. The opportunities for fashion shopping are too numerous to name – just think of all those brand name stores in Oxford Street, the designer labels in Bond Street and Regent Street. Alternatively, you can catch a tube northwards to Wembley Park and visit the London Designer Outlet with its 70 stores selling branded clothing at discount prices.
Head out of your hotel room at the Regency House Hotel London for the legendary Hamleys Toy Store in Regent Street for those must have gifts for children. Whatever the toy – from teddy bears to computer games, you can find it here. While if your child needs more Lego, then head for the new Lego Shop at Leicester Square. This is the biggest Lego store in the world and quite apart from containing almost any type of Lego you can think of, it also has lots of eyecatching features like a 6.5 metre high working replica of Big Ben made out of Lego bricks!
Stock up on Christmas food and party items in Covent Garden, or take a look at the exceptional ranges on offer in the food halls of Fortnum and Mason, Selfridges and of course Harrods.
As night begins to fall, take some time to enjoy the wonderful illuminations that light up London’s skyline and give it a very special Christmas atmosphere. Search out the elegant and sophisticated giant peacock’s feathers in Bond Street, or the beautiful, ethereal Angels along Regent Street. Retro/vintage chic is all the rage in Carnaby Street where the bright yellow, blue, green, red colour scheme and giant vinyl record snowflakes evoke past eras. While in Covent Garden much more traditional images are evoked with the forty beautiful mistletoe chandeliers illuminating streets and buildings, as well as the eye catching giant silver reindeer standing on top of a pile of presents at the entrance to the market hall.
Thankfully, there are many hotels in Bloomsbury London where you can relax after all that shopping with a trip to the theatre. Whether you want a Christmassy show such as a traditional festive ballet like The Nutcracker or Sleeping Beauty, a pantomine like Cinderella or a lively West End show like The Lion King, Mamma Mia or Wicked; London’s West End is guaranteed to have something to suit your requirements.
Preparing for Christmas can be fun when you are using London as a venue for shopping, sightseeing and relaxing!