London Christmas Guide
As I always say: there’s only one thing more beautiful than London and that’s London at Christmas time.With its wonderful decorations, romantic lights and traditional songs playing in every shop, it truly is one of a kind. And here are my must-do’s for the jolly season:
- Stay at a cozy British townhouse hotel such as San Domenico House in Chelsea. This beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Chelsea only has 19 rooms & suites, which makes it super exclusive. A place where you can totally feel at home, with impeccable service and delicious food! The extra tipp: every room is different, so if you fancy one in particular, make sure to ask for it when booking your stay 😉 FYI our room was number 101. Btw: this is NOT sponsored.
2. As it’s in walking distance of the hotel, take a stroll around Belgravia and Knightsbridge and take in the beautiful buildings and festive decorations. If you’re hungry, have a healthy lunch (or not so healthy slice of cake) at my favourite spot Ottolenghi. And since you’re already in the area, you can’t miss a stop at Harrod’s to do some food and fashion shopping!
3. Have a Pret-à-Portea afternoon tea at the Berkley hotel. A modern and fanciful reinterpretation of the traditional British high tea, where the savoury sandwiches, cakes and biscuits are inspired by this season’s latest catwalk trends. An absolute must for every fashionista!! 😉
4. Ok, so this is not exactly a Christmas special, but if you’re in town over the weekend, reserve your Saturday morning for the Portobello Road market. Admittedly, it’s there all year long…but always worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for some vintage finds to put under the tree (can you believe I got my brother an original Burberry cashmere scarf for just 35£?! Btw don’t tell him that lol). And if you need a shopping break, enjoy a rose latte and avocado bread at Farm Girl Cafe.
5. For even more shopping, go to the two eldest and most tipically British shops in town: Liberty and Fortnum & Mason. If you’re looking for excellent quality and something less ordinary than Harrod’s or Selfridges, these are the places to go. Wonderful picnis sets, delicious teas and pastries, luxurious beauty products and fine silk pijamas…everything a girl’s heart desires.
6. Have coffee and some sweets at the most instagrammable place in London: Peggy Porschen. The decorations and cupcakes change seasonally, so now it’s all about snowflakes, gingerbread and Christmas trees!
7. Instead of going to Winter Wonderland (way too crowded and rather tacky, compared to our German Christmas markets), go ice skating at Somerset House or at the rink in front of the Natural History Museum….romantic overload!! 😉
Merry Christmas & lots of love