Paris may be sexy. New York has its ways too. But London, in my opinion, is the most flirtatious city in the world. London doesn’t just flirt with you: it charms you right up to the point until you fall for it. It lures you in with its beautiful winter sunsets the colour of vintage pink champagne, delights you with its mysterious greens and elegant bridges, and puts a spell on you in December with its bright Christmas lights, festive sparkles, and intricate illuminations.
For my friends far far away, who couldn’t visit me or my favourite city this holiday season (yes, I am looking at you, my darling!), I took a stroll through London, capturing the best displays and window decorations this flirtatious city has to offer. Hide indoors with a glass of mulled wine and let me take you for a little wander through London at Christmas-time.
We start with Covent Garden. Because, as you can see, Covent Garden IS Christmas.
Red baubles and disco lights! I told you it was flirty.
St Martin’s Courtyard
and Seven Dials
Christmas fair at Leicester Square
and your favourite bard.
Snow globe at Piccadilly Circus.
Year of Robin at Carnaby Street.
The Twelve Days of Christmas on Regents Street.
Fortnum and Mason. Rumour has it that they start designing their next Christmas display as early as March every year.
There is something delightfully cosy about these, don’t you think?
One of the arcades leading away from Piccadilly Circus.
Dolce & Gabbana on Bond Street.
Ralph Lauren, Cartier, and Dior.
And we finish on South Molton Street — a street in Mayfair that leads from Bond Street to Oxford Street.
Now, if you will excuse me, I shall stop here, I have some last-minute Christmas shopping to do. Happy Christmas, everyone, and thank you for being such wonderful readers. I couldn’t have wished for a better company this year!