zondag 31 december 2017

And so this was Christmas..

… in London. Rather than doing a lot of groceries and cooking at home and also instead of buying each other presents, we decided to give ourselves a one big present by celebrating a very British Christmas in London and it did not disappoint, but then London never does, any time of year.

No theatre visits, no shopping, just looking at beautiful Christmas trees and lights, enjoying yummy food and long walks, in short: just taking in that very special, very festive British Christmas cheer!

Let’s start with – to me – the most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen (and it did not even have lights):

This tree was at St. Pancras station and we could not get enough of it. The station itself is a Victorian beauty also, a perfect place for this very large tree. St. Pancras station is known for its famous Harry Potter 9 ¾ platform but (for all of you fans) that is actually located at neighbouring King’s Cross station, just a sign on a wall,

 but if you want to take a picture of yourself with the sign….. then get in line!

We passed.

Back to the Christmas trees, we went criss cross thru town to see some really nice ones:

Harrod’s , with carol singers

near Covent Garden

someone in this pub really likes Christmas trees!

our hotel did not disappoint either.

Of course there were other decorations as well:

the Blue Bird at King’s Road
Peggy Porschen

Covent Garden.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…..

In the evening time we admired the famous London Christmas lights:

Regent Street

Oxford Street

Carnaby Street.

And everywhere really:

 If you ever plan to spend Christmas Day in London you must know that there is no public transportation at all for over 24 hrs, no Underground, no buses, nothing, except for a few very expensive taxi’s. Public transport ends at midnight Christmas Eve and does not start up again until early Boxing Day, the handwritten signs warning you of this come up sometime during Christmas Eve day, this one was at ‘our’ Underground station:

Soooooo, what to do on Christmas Day? Well, I think we had a really British Christmas Day.
Without any public transportation we went for a long walk in the morning through the very quiet streets (hardly any cars either, I think lots of people had left the city or were already at their destination in the city), it was a dark, grey day so it was lovely to see the lights of the Christmas trees and candles in the houses where people were celebrating.

Back in our hotelroom we watched the Queen’s speech.

I had organised for us to go for a traditional Christmas lunch, with crackers, turkey and the trimmings

After which it was time for another walk, I loved seeing all the Christmas wreaths on the front doors, there were so many I made a collage of just a few of them, if you like making your own this may be inspiration for next year 😊

Then time for some Netflixing in our hotelroom followed by yes, our third walk of the day, 

the mews behind our hotel:

then some drinks in the hotelbar and sleep, contented after a lovely Christmas Day.

The next day, Boxing Day, we knew the masses would head for the shops as the big sales would be starting and since our flight back home was not until early evening we did have time for another long walk on this bright and sunny morning, this time through the Holland Park area via Kensington Palace.

Look at the beautiful, large Christmas tree in the gardens of the Palace

There was even some quilty inspiration here…  quilty steps!

These were our last impressions of this wonderful city, our last moments of a very special trip. A big present to ourselves which we spent four wonderful days slowly unwrapping.

Bev Bannard (click) left a remark under one of my Instagram posts of this trip: ‘if your are tired of London you are tired of life’ and I fully agree, we will never tire of London and we cannot wait to go back.

(if you are not on Instagram, here is the link (click) for my account )

As I am writing this on New Year’s Eve, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy, happy and creative 2018!

Enjoy the festivities tonight and for those in The Netherlands: be careful with fireworks, stay safe!


11 opmerkingen:

  1. Wat heerlijk! Al die foto’s, nog een voordeel, je bent afgevalleb met al die wandelingen! Gelukkig 2018!

  2. Thank you for this long and fun post Phyllis with these beautiful pictures ! I've been twice in London and I hope to come back again !
    Happy new year to you and all your family.

  3. Ook een mooie manier om Kerst te vieren! Mooie versieringen daar in Londen. Ook voor jou en familie een gezond en gelukkig 2018! πŸΎπŸ€—

  4. Wat was dit genieten zeg!! Na het zien van dit alles heb ik maar een wens, ooit eens kerstmis vieren in Londen!
    Gelukkig nieuwjaar!!
    Groetjes, Liliane

  5. Oh my! I felt like I celebrated a London Christmas with you! Fabulous photos and oh such gorgeous deco! I’ve never been. Maybe someday!!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Wat een mooie plaatjes. Ik kan me zo voorstellen dat het af en toe net was of je op een filmset was! Zo sfeervol allemaal. Goede besteding van de dagen zo en quality time samen!

  7. Dat was een bijzondere kerst. London is inderdaad altijd mooi. Ik ben er lange tijd niet geweest maar mijn vriendin en ik hebben het plan opgevat om in april te gaan. Wandelschoenen mee. Een heel goed 2018 gewenst. Annemiek Soer

  8. What a perfect way to spend the holiday! I enjoyed these photos so much. Thank you for sharing them and your stories. Best wishes to you and yours for the new year!

  9. Your photographic journal of your Christmas in London is wonderful. It makes me want to buy a ticket! Thanks for sharing so many lovely images. Happy New Year!

  10. Lovely trip, thanks for the photos!

  11. Wat heb je mooie foto's gemaakt. Echt genieten !


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