For me, there is nothing more festive than London from the middle of November all the way into the new year. Call me biased (a born and raised Londoner), but the best way to get into the Christmas spirit is a winter wander through the city. But not everyone loves Christmas in London, especially not Kate (Emilia Clarke) – an elf in an all-year-round Christmas shop with a string of bad luck. But the Grinch’s life soon takes a turn when she meets Tom (Henry Golding) and as the city transforms into a Christmas wonderland, as does the yuletide romance. Here are some festive London hotspots you can visit from the ‘Last Christmas’ movie.
The London Eye is the best way to see all of London as if it were a Christmas card. Take your very own Santa’s sleigh ride and admire the thousands of lights that cover the city.
For a Londoner, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a visit to Regents street. If you’re going for some last-minute prezzies, or for a visit to Selfridges food hall, make sure to take a minute to admire the gorgeous decorations that lead the way.
No period feels quite as traditionally festive as the Victorian era, so pick up this year’s winter read from one of the many bookshops on what is known as ‘Booksellers row’.
From what I can remember, the majority of my Christmas’ as a child were spent at the Southbank’s winter fair. Whether you’re purchasing games to play on the big day or trying spiced sweet treats, it’s the perfect place for the lead up to Christmas.
The holiday season isn’t quite complete without a winter skate in one of the iconic festive London hotspots. So why not visit Alexandra Palace ice rink for a glide (or a fall) to all your favourite Christmas tunes – do forget your gloves!
This list wouldn’t be complete without including Covent Garden – the location of ‘Yuletide’ and my favourite place in London. Take a break from your holiday shopping with a hot chocolate under the lights of the 55-foot tree (turned on, this year, by no other than Emilia Clarke herself) to really get in the spirit.
What are your favourite festive London hotspots to get you into the Christmas spirit? Let us know in the comments section below. And make sure to check out ‘Last Christmas’ in theatres from Friday the 15th November.
Text: Sylvie Marilyn Keen
Images: Google Images, IMDb