Wandering around London leading up to or after Christmas can be magical, and 2020 is no different. We all need a few Christmas lights to cheer us up, and London is certainly able to serve up a little bit of magic…

Belgravia Lights

Tate Britain wins with its festive Christmas message, but there are many other wonderful displays to enjoy. Here are my Top 6;

Seven spots for Christmas lights

  • Piccadilly: Start at Fortnum and Mason, the bright red advent calendar screams Christmas. Walk up to Piccadilly Circus, either along Piccadilly or walk down Jermyn Street towards the Circa’s art display which happens at 8.20pm every evening. During December the featured artist is Eddie Peake. Walk along to St James’s and you will find yet another beautiful Christmas scene at the junction of Pall Mall.
  • Burlington Arcade: Lined with beautiful red baubles and Christmas trees decorated in red; it is impossible not to love.
  • Regent Street: The glorious sparkling angels floating over the length of John Nash’s magical architecture are spellbinding.
  • Mayfair: Mount Street to The Connaught, where you will find a tree in the mist. It never fails to set the scene for Christmas. Walk around Berkeley Square to Bruton Street and enjoy the garlands that adorn it until you reach Bond Street. As you go down Bond Street look up at the peacock inspired lights, competing with the sparkle from the high end jewellers below.
  • Chelsea to Belgravia: Start at Sloane Square and walk along Pavilion Road for Christmas treats under the hanging lights. Walk up Sloane St to Motcomb Street to see the illuminated art behind the new Pantechnicon. Be sure to go behind the building to the illuminated square.
  • Carnaby Street: A collaboration with Choose Love where you can share messages of hope and goodwill. Walk across to Oxford Street to see all the messages to our NHS Heroes.
  • King’s Cross: This year, three artists have created Christmas trees around Kings Cross and Coal Drops Yard.  
Kings Cross at Christmas
Kings Cross