What to see in London this Christmas

London is one of the prettiest cities at any time of year. At Christmas it is especially gorgeous.

We asked library staff for their favourite bits of this world class city and got some interesting results. From Handsome Hampstead to finding spiritual solace in the big shops up west, this city’s got something for everything.

 

Lights in Central London

Central London

“Very lively, lots of lights that cheers me up”

The lighting of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square

“Christmas is not a big deal in my family and never has been, but I attended this a few years ago with someone new to London, and it was such a nice festive feeling of community. You can bring your own flask of mulled wine too!”

 

 

Festive markets

Markets

“I love to go to some of the interesting Christmas events and markets and soak up the atmosphere, discover something new and find unusual Christmas presents”.

German Christmas Markets!

“Wherever they are! I love all the tat. I don’t buy much but I love all the random stuff that comes out at this time of year, and drinking a bit of gluwein and a hot dog whilst looking at all the stuff is great fun”.

Craft markets and going to musicals

“Love ’em”

The Southbank, London

“The lights, the Christmas market and events. It’s always magical at night”.

 

Skating

“Not a clue, I have never spent Christmas in London! I do want to try the iceskating this year though!”

“Canada water ice rink. Best in London”

 

Shops

The big department stores

“I just like it – but not when they are too busy”

“Visit the large department stores – Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Liberty to buy a tree decoration”

Fortnum & Mason

“Every year I treat myself to a select few items from the food hall, like preserves or biscuits or chutney”

Oxford Street

“Love the Steel drum band on Oxford Street, Christmas sales”

 

 

Out and about in nature

Churches and cathedrals

“I find going into religious buildings at Christmastime, and listening to the music that is made in them, very uplifting”.

The Heath
“A good walk on Hampstead Heath on boxing day is a great way to make room for some more mince pies”.

“I also like to walk in Epping Forest”.

 

Home comforts

Community

“East London – where I live – and  the Strand. I like to see how East London changes over Christmas, it gives you an idea of how different and multicultural that part of town is. The Strand is always beautiful and they are all light up with musicals signs and xmas lights”

Home

“Stay in for a nice rest”

Friends

“Sharing a warm Christmas pudding and brandy creme with Colin”

 

 

This year (2017) the Northampton Square Library will be open 27th – 29th December 10 am – 6 PM for self-service and reference only use. Check Library Services website for more information on library opening times.

What’s you favourite place in London at Christmas? Tell us below in the comments or tag us in your instagram posts or use the hashtag #CityLibraryXmas

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Simon

Library staff at City University London. Writes about libraries, history, literature and design.

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