London Christmas Illuminations

Christmas shopping takes on a magical aura as thousands of lights illuminate the main areas of London throughout the festive season.

Wherever you go out of your Aparthotels London in Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and Carnaby Street there are stunning illuminations, which are guaranteed to catch your attention and make you smile.  This is an area renowned for its festive displays and this year is no exception.

Elegance and sophistication marks Bond Street with a glamorous display of giant peacock style feathers twinkling and glittering like diamonds.  Regent street which is just a short tube ride from Presidential Marylebone Mayfair has opted for garlands of Angel Wings in a massive display stretching from Waterloo Place to Oxford Circus, via Piccadilly and St James.  Then there are the 1778 giant snowballs lit by 750,000 LED light bulbs which stretch the entire length of Oxford Street

Make a short detour into Carnaby Street for a blaze of retro/vintage style displays.  Bright yellows, blues, greens and reds capture the attention of passers by – as do the massive vinyl record style displays in the shape of giant snowflakes which hang overhead!  This display has been deliberately  linked into a current V&A exhibition entitled ‘You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’. 

Head south for Covent Garden which is a fantastic place for Christmas shopping as well as taking in a theatre performance or two at the neighbouring theatres like the Opera House and Drury Lane.  Visitors invariably stop and stare at the eye catching giant silver reindeer standing atop a pile of presents and sleigh at the entrance to the traditional market hall.  Equally attention grabbing are the forty beautiful mistletoe chandeliers that illuminate the streets and buildings of Covent Garden.   It really is a winter wonderland, full of nostalgic, style and pleasure.

Just north of Covent Garden is the Seven Dials area, a lovely area of stylish stores with seven streets leading off a central piazza.  This has been done out in gorgeous decorations akin to an illuminated forest with large Christmas trees and treelike illuminations.  Even strolling along the streets there is plenty to catch attention as the shop windows are all beautifully decorated.

Last but by no means least there is as always the giant Christmas tree to be seen in Trafalgar Square.  This has been a feature of London life since 1947. It was then that the people of Norway began donating a tree to adorn Trafalgar Square every year in recognition of the support given by Britain to Norway during the Second World War.  Nelson’s column takes second place at Christmas to this wonderful tree, which is decorated Norwegian style with 900 light bulbs set in vertical strings.  It always attracts massive attention, especially on New Years Eve, when Trafalgar Square becomes the centre of celebrations to welcome in 2017.  Thousands of people gather here to count down the chimes of Big Ben and create a massive chain of people crossing hands and singing Auld Langs Eyne.

So, If you are coming to London this festive season and planning to stay for some time, then Holiday Apartments London might be a great affordable choice for you.