This year will be the first Christmas I’ve ever spent in London, which is a strange feeling. The first time I won’t be spending it in the home I grew up in, with my parents and brother. But over the past five years of living here, I’ve fallen in love with how much London embraces Christmas. From the first of December, I definitely turn into a bit of a festive Felicity.
So in the spirit of it being just a few days until I open the first door on my advent calendar, here are a couple of things in the city and at home that get me in the mood for Christmas…
Although I try to avoid the Oxford Street area at all costs most of the year, at Christmas, it’s worth a visit for the lights. My personal favourites are along Carnaby Street – the bright and colourful decorations are really fun. Yes, it’s busy with Christmas shoppers, but if you head along quite late in the evening on a weekday, you get all the atmosphere with smaller crowds.
Festive Food & Drink
Closer to home, I love picking up festive-themed goodies to snack on while I’m watching TV. Because if you can’t gorge yourself on chocolate, fudge and speciality teas at this time of year, when can you? I’m backing the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Spiced Chocolate, for an indulgent treat that I MAY have scoffed in one sitting on a sick day recovering from my annual winter cold. Pass the tissues!
For really getting into the festive mood, a Christmas show in London is perfect. I recently checked out the London Cabaret Club’s Winter Wonderland at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, and it’s definitely worth a visit. A stroll down through the Candy Cane Forest, lined with Christmas trees and twinkling lights, leads to beautifully decorated, intimate spaces. And in the ballroom, you can catch their run of festive shows, A Christmas Cabaret.
Decorating The Tree
Even last year when I didn’t spent the actual day here, we still put up the decorations in early December. There’s not much better to get you in the festive mood than putting on a Christmas film, getting out the (artificial) fir and trying to make your living room look like a festive Pinterest dream. Every year, I try and pick up a couple more decorations to slowly build up a mismatched, personal collection. These ‘M’ and ‘C’ baubles from Fortnum & Mason are perfect!
I’ve been making plans to spend my festive season doing my duty as a decent human, and using my privileged position in life to be able to help others. This year, I’ll be volunteering with Crisis at Christmas to help the homeless – I’m working two shifts over the festive period, and there are still plenty of roles left if you’d like to do the same. You can also find loads more volunteering opportunities at Team London.
Let me know…what are the things that get you most excited for Christmas?
Shop The Post
Highgrove Organic Fudge (£2.95) // Christmas Spiced Chocolate Bar (£5.50) // Fortnum’s Alphabet C Christmas Decoration (£8) // Fortnum’s Alphabet M Christmas Decoration (£8) // Three Mini Christmas Tea Tins (£13.95)
*Gifts provided by Fortnum & Mason, all words my own