This year I had a glimpse of how wonderful it is to celebrate Xmas in London. Thankfully the city and its shops started putting up the decorations quite early so that by the time we arrived in late November there was a definite Xmas atmosphere in the streets.
It took a while to get used to the daylight disappearing anytime between 4pm and 4.30pm but the festive lights helped create such a magic atmosphere that I looked forward to it!
Of course this little tease has made me want to return again at this time of the year to experience the Xmas markets both here and in Europe. Xmas in the southern hemisphere is so different!
Each night as we emerged from the dark depths of train travel at Sloane Square tube station, we were always greeted by the magic of the lights in the square.
On the other side of Sloane Square, fairy lights covered the exterior of the department store, Peter Jones.
The windows of Peter Jones were very innovative this year.Birds and animals decorated the windows, all created from home wares and the electrical department….
Just around the corner, Tiffany’s tempted anyone that looked into their fabulous doll’s house Xmas windows
Kings Road sparkled with all lights all along the street.
Oxford Street didn’t miss out either …it was Destination Christmas at Selfridges with each window showcasing a wish list item…..
Nicholas Haslam in Edbury Street, Pimlico had one of my favourite windows. A polar bear family seemed to be talking to each other as their heads moved. Father Xmas was seen in the corner whilst a family of penguins watched on.
Fortnum & Mason’s windows were at their traditional best…
Whilst inside, a touch of quirkiness appeared…
…along with the traditional tree.
London really does get you in the Christmas spirit!
From a hot Western Australia, best wishes to you and your family for a fabulous Christmas.
Where do you celebrate Christmas?