I personally love Christmas shopping – I always start reasonably to spread the cost, get lots of ideas and really enjoy the experience. For me there’s nothing lovelier that moseying around town, in no particular rush, to soak in all the festive cheer and enjoy the different displays in shops. Of course it’s important that you don’t bring any children and factor in time for a seasonal beverage!! I’ve even gone shopping for some last minute bits on Christmas Eve before… I really don’t find the crowds stressful, I just soak it all up.
If you’re less enthused about Christmas shopping than I am then maybe combining it with a city break would lift your spirits? I’ve always wanted to go on a Christmas shopping break to London, I may come home exhausted but I’d love it.There’s just something about the buzz of the city and, of course, all the amazing places to eat we don’t have at home. Ideally we’d stay somewhere like Fraser Suites as they offer space and luxury right in the heart of London. How lovely would it be to return their after a day on your feet in the capital?
For now I’m going to dream about my little festive getaway, indulge me. No trip to London is complete without visiting the iconic Carnaby Street, Camden Market, Fortnum & Mason and of course Liberty London. Even if I don’t get more that few trinkets in the latter two I wouldn’t be able to resist seeing their grand window displays, amazing hampers and snapping a few photos for the ‘gram.
My dream shopping trip to London would also involve a show, something festive like The Snowman would be ideal for me. Matt would definitely be researching which films are premiering in Leister Square so we could go star spotting before heading to his favourite place to eat – Reds True BBQ in Shoreditch. That’s the thing about London, there is always something to marvel at and experience – especially for people from a small city like us!
Did you know that Regent Street was the first ever street to display Christmas lights in central London? They started that tradition in 1954. From 5pm – 9pm on Thursday 15th November Regent Street will be traffic free to celebrate the light switch on and kick off Christmas shopping. Paloma Faith, Tom Odell and Clean Bandit are all performing at the free event. The lights on Oxford Street go on a little earlier, they’re celebrating with a mystery celebrity guest on Tuesday 6th November. The shops in the area normally have special discounts that day so if you’re local or travelling for the occasion make sure to keep an eye out for more info on that.
The Christmas lights, markets and seasonal events going on in the capital make it more than just a shopping opportunity – it’s an experience I’d love to have. Perhaps next year I’ll do just that, fingers and toes crossed Luisa has embraced the concept of a sleepover at Nannies by then!
Have you ever been on a city break to do some Christmas shopping? Would you do it again?