Christmas in London

Going to London in winter can be tough. Cold weather, grey skies and early darkness doesn't sound like paradise. London knows that winter isn't its strong suit and it more that makes up for it with its Christmas spirit. From lights to skating rinks, shop windows to festivals, London is one of the best places to be at Christmas time.

One of my favourite things about this time of year is that every street is glowing with seasonal lights. From the famous annual Regent Street Christmas lights, which make the street glow as shoppers gather gifts for friends and family, to the soft light bulbs lining the exterior of Harrods and the bright ones covering the façade of Peter Jones. Someone famous always pushes the button to light up Regent Street around Christmas time. This year the singer Jessie J did the honours.

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a Christmas market and funfair that has gotten bigger and better every year. Along with the South Bank Centre and Covent Garden Christmas markets and the Leicester Square Christmas funfair, it has given Londoners a reason to get out and into the festive spirit.

Something that stood out for me this Christmas in London was right in the heart of the city. Piccadilly Circus was turned into a giant snow globe with the iconic statue of Eros at the centre. London around Christmas may not be the warmest, lightest or sunniest time of year, but it certainly is the brightest.