Every Christmastime, London receives a magical makeover that makes other cities pale in comparison. Pretty much every high street is transformed by thousands of baubles, bulbs and impressive light installations, making the entire city sparkle. But which lights are the best? We’ve rounded up the nine places you should definitely check out before grey January comes around again…
1. Covent Garden
Covent Garden is an enchanting place as it is, so you can imagine how its annual Christmas lights add to the atmosphere. The market hall’s ceilings are adorned by giant, illuminated mistletoes and light-reflecting disco balls that will leave you mesmerised.
Instagram-destination sketch presents six art installations this year, offering classic Christmas scenes with a twist in each of its iconic venues. This is the one for you if you’d rather immerse yourself within the Christmas lights while enjoying a cup of tea.
Giant bells and stars glisten amongst the neon signs of London’s broadway shows at Northbank, turning the Strand into its own spectacle – no ticket needed.
4. Regent Street
Regent Street’s popular angel lights return bigger than ever for their third year running. Stretching from Langham Place all the way down to St James’s Market, the display features 300,000 LED lights across the 17m-wide angels sweeping down the street. Watch out for the switch-on today.
5. Churchill pub
Notting Hill’s famous Churchill pub is a pretty impressive sight any time of year, but come Christmas it is even more OTT: the entire facade is covered in fairy light-lit Christmas trees. This is definitely the place you should go to for a mulled wine.
6. Syon Park
A magical forest sound like your kind of thing? Then head to Syon Gardens surrounding the suburban London historic mansion and discover a trail of colourful lights on its trees, ornamental pond and winding pathways.
7. Carnaby Street
Soho’s most iconic high street never fails to impress with its themed Christmas lights. This year, the display is inspired by the cinematic release of Bohemian Rhapsody and features some of Queen’s most popular lyrics in big neon letters.
8. Kew Gardens
If you’re looking for a full-on light show, Kew Gardens is the place to go. A dazzling one million individual lights are spread out across the entire garden and you can even make your way across a lake covered in hundreds of glowing boats.
9. Alice in Winterland
The most fairytale array of lights appears at Southwark Park, where 160 handmade lanterns tell the story of Alice in Wonderland in different locations across the greenery. It’s a must for any fan of the classic tale.