Dienstag, 21. November 2017

Alpen Travel Tips: Christmas in LONDON

Holiday shopping on Oxford St

One of my favourite streets to walk down during the holiday period is the famed Oxford Street in London. 
House of Fraser

Not only do the spectacular, sparking light displays adorning the trees and strung above the street add a magical touch to your shopping experience, 

but how I LOVE how the high-end department stores go all out decorating their buildings.

In addition, their lavish window displays are a work of art in themselves.

Both of these window displays reminded me of Telluride: The sporty paragliding Santa...and the private jet Santa jet-setting into town on Christmas Eve with his swanky patrons :)

Colourful Carnaby St
a few weeks ago on my trip

Just off of Oxford Street is the iconic Carnaby St - birthplace of Swinging London in the 60's and supporting all sorts of  street saavy fashion and culture ever since.

From once hosting some of the first "Pesthouses" for  victims of the Great Plague in the 1600's, it has come a long way to becoming

"the epicentre of culture and lifestyle in London’s West End." 

I remember shopping there when I was a student back in the 80's and bought myself a super cool hat, which I still have today.  Carnaby St has not changed that much from then apart from setting the latest trends of cool "street" fashion in London. Definitely worth a visit!

For more info check out Carnaby St

My own hat purchased back in the '80's in Carnaby St!

For the top 8 Christmas Street Light Hot Spots in London, check out: Top 8 Lights in London 


Just as I was strolling through my beloved Hyde Park only a few weeks ago, I came across the largest project I had ever seen erected there. I stopped to ask a worker and he told me that they were setting up the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

Beginning as a humble outdoor German style Christmas market 10 years ago, it has now grown into a full blown holiday amusement park with the original Christmas market remaining, but having expanded to include over a hundred attractions such as rides, Nordic Ice and Alpine style Hütte bars, food stalls, ice skating, live music, shows and even a circus.

It is free to enter, however some of the shows and attractions do require admission.

So if in London, it is worth a "bummel" (German for stroll) through Hyde Park to check it out.

More info at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland


Rhodes Hotel

I absolutely adore the quaint RHODES HOTEL in Sussex Gardens, a newly refurbished, clean and reasonable hotel not far from Paddington Station and a short walk to Hyde Park (and the Winter Wonderland) or a 15 minute walk to Marble Arch and the start of festive Oxford St. 

The Rhodes hotel is also close Tube stations and Busses awaiting to whisk you all over London. It is my repeat favourite every time I return for many reasons, to include: clean refurbished rooms, a super location, easy access from Heathrow via the Heathrow Express and Paddington Station, and the staff are kind and accommodating.

My room upon arrival
Check out their specials directly on their web-site where you will get the best rates. They also give repeat visitors appreciation vouchers towards future visits!
My Canadian Niece, Nicole, being kissed
by Paddington Bear on her 1st trip to London

Rhodes Hotel 195 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park, London W2 2RJ
Tel: +44 207 262 0537


I have so many more suggestions of things to do in London, but have run out of room on this BLOG post. Feel free to check out other Blog Posts of mine featuring London or EMAIL me with questions or for more suggestions on any aspect of your trip to London. I love sharing my favs with my fans!

ME! In a pre-historic
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