Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Festive Day up London

Today was spent having a rather festive day strolling around London. I'll be writing some in depth reviews of a few things mentioned today over the next few weeks, but thought I'd do a photo overview of where we went today, in case it interested anyone who fancies a trip to the capital.

First stop, was Harrods in Knightsbridge, however this was not for shopping purposes: I was on a mission to see some Paddingtons as part of The Paddington Trail, and a certain Miss Grangers one was parked outside of Harrods. I also got a bit too excited walking past the Burberry shop, being mesmerized by the Christmas window displays and then remembering my first buy of 2015 is going to be a certain Westminster Trench Coat.
 Then we went to Hyde Park to walk around the Winter Wonderland. I can't Ice Skate, so that was not on the cards, but browsing around the Christmas market was lovely, and in the morning it was not as busy as you'd expect on a weekend morning!
 In search of another Paddington, we walked to the Serpentine Lake (literally right next to Winter Wonderland).
 From Hyde Park, we took a bus to Notting Hill Gate, then the tube to Paddington, to see well Paddington! It wouldn't of been right going on the trail without seeing the bear designed by Michael Bond!

My love for Kate Moss, led us to Oxford Street temporarily to snap the Selfridges Window displays, then we walked from Oxford Street, to Chinatown, then to Trafalgar Square to see the rather grand Christmas Tree, as well as lots of street performers and Scottish music being played all around. 
 Next stop was Brick Lane for the Cereal Killer CafĂ© ... I had Hersheys Cookies & Cream Cereal & it was delicious! On Brick Lane, after a tip from Sarah I found the record sale, and brought myself lots of vinyls which were on my wish list for a fiver each! To say I was chuffed is a complete understatement... The Beach Boys, Dexys Midnight Runners & even got a bit of Disney in there buying Bedknobs & Broomsticks (my favourite Disney film!) Soundtrack. I brought Phil Spector at Christmas, and Black Lace for some party tunes for Christmas & New Years too!
 I wasn't expecting to visit Columbia Road Flower Market but boy I'm glad I did! It was really hard to take photos as it was so busy, even though it was late afternoon by this point. The business however got me a lot of bargains. I walked away with armfuls of flowers & foliage for £11!
Our final stop of the day was the More London Christmas Market, which is on the riverside near Tower Bridge. There were a lot less stalls than what I was expecting, and in the pursuit of deli cheese ... we failed as there was only cheddar, but we sat with a mulled wine & hog roast, and relaxed by the river for a while. Tower Bridge is absolutely stunning at night.

It was a very busy, packed day but I'm really glad I took the time to have a Christmas day up London.
Where are your go to places over Christmas?
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