London is one of the world’s great retail capitals, and there’s no better time to see the shopping in full swing than during the Christmas season. From wonderfully festive stores to magical winter markets, here are some of places you can go to find everything you need this Christmas holiday.
Harrods is one of London’s most iconic stores, and the perfect place for those looking for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. What’s more, they pull out all the stops in creating a Winter Wonderland; a magical playground where Father Christmas takes up residence in the Christmas Grotto. But if you really want your children to experience the magic of Christmas, you should consider taking them to Hamleys. The world’s largest toy store is one of the best places in the city to find toys, games and gifts for kids of all ages, and taking them along is an experience they’ll never forget.
If you’re looking forward to seeing Christmas lights this season, London has a number of streets and neighbourhoods that are transformed into fantastically festive spectacles. A visit to Oxford Street will allow you to marvel at the rows on rows of shimmering Christmas lights strewn above the street, as well as indulge in some of the best shopping in capital – suitable for every budget. Another great option for those with a craving for holiday lights, a passion for fashion and a love of the finer things is Kensington High Street. Just a short tube ride from Strand Palace Hotel, it offers decadent Christmas shopping with a focus on designer clothes, accessories and jewellery.
Festive shoppers should also take time to peruse London’s great Xmas markets. The Southbank Centre, one of London’s premier arts venues, hosts a fine Christmas market, where you can find delicious food and drink alongside handmade crafts from local artisans. The market is typically open until Christmas Eve, so you have plenty of time to find a unique gift for someone you care about. Also worth a visit is the Hyde Park. Not only will you find a circus, ice-skating and lots of mulled wine and gingerbread, but also hundreds of fairy-lit chalets selling traditional Christmas decorations, handicrafts and gifts. It is open until January 4, although closed on Christmas Day.
If you love to shop and are looking for a hotel near Oxford Street, Harrods or the Southbank Centre’s Christmas Market, look no further than Strand Palace Hotel this Christmas season.