Trip to London during the Christmas period!

Updated: Jun 6, 2020

I have lived in London for over 17 years and I still go back a few times a year, my favorite time to visit is the end of November as this is when Christmas comes to life in the streets of London. London is an amazing and busy city with so much to see, in this post I will tell you about my recent overnight stay in London and what I would recommend to you too see and eat on a budget, as it can get very expensive otherwise, the main message here is don't let the cost put you off visiting!

The best way to travel to London on a budget is to get an Oyster card, you can pick one up at any tube station, order online in advance or you can use a contact-less payment card, prices are capped so the most you will pay will be between £5 to £6.80 per day within zones 1 and 2. I stayed in a hotel which was a short walk from Bayswater Station, I found this hotel deal on Wowcher and what really appealed to me was this hotel is just a 20 minute walk to Hyde park.

On arrival to the hotel I unpacked and relaxed for 30 minutes then made my way to Hyde park, it was a beautiful, warm and colorful time to visit, the park looked like a beautiful Autumn painting as you can see from my pictures below, its a nice way to see the beauty of nature in the center of London.

Hyde Park is the largest Royal park in London, that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. The park is divided by the Serpentine and the Long Water lakes, so if you love sight seeing I would definitely recommend this park as you will see the most amazing historical buildings and nature including a lot of dogs and squirrels everywhere.

At the end of November Hyde park opens Winter Wonderland which is free to the public and opens from 10am to 10pm daily except on Christmas day, I would recommend going when the sunsets as you can see the beauty of the signature wheel, roller-coaster, games, street food restaurants and the Christmas shops, it is the most amazing place to celebrate the season with friends and family. As a vegan I thought it would be very hard to grab a bite to eat at Winter Wonderland but I was so wrong, they had the amazing salted caramel brownies from Badbrownies, vegan hot dog at Oh My Dog and the amazing vegan mozzarella pizza at Born and Raised, so I was pleasantly surprised at the options I had, it really showed me how times have changed as when I was at this same venue 4 years ago there were no vegan options available.

I then decided to go and visit the bright lights located in Oxford street, from Hyde Park Corner Station I took the Piccadilly line for one stop to Green park and then changed to the Victoria Line to Oxford Circus via the Central Line, sounds complicated but its literally 2 stops! Oxford Street is the busiest street in London as it has all types of shops, restaurants and companies, I wouldn't recommend driving as it is chaotic and finding somewhere to park is impossible, during this time of year it is worth going due to the amazing light displays and you can feel the Christmas spirit in the air, it is also the best place if you need to finish your Christmas shopping.

After a long day of sight seeing I was very hungry so made the short walk around the corner to Carnaby Street where I found the most eye catching and colorful Christmas lights display which were all made from recycled and bio degradable items, a 2 minute walk from Carnaby Street takes you to SOHO, once here I found this little and very busy vegan restaurant called Mildreds, when walking in I noticed it had a lovely warm atmosphere, I was seated immediately and given the menu which was on a clipboard which I thought was very authentic, I was given water on the table and then I placed my order with a lovely smiling waitress. I ordered the Polish Burger which was made with beetroot and I added extras such as cheese and avocado, for a drink I had a freshly made beetroot, apple and lime juice, I can say that this was my favorite burger I have ever tasted and would higher recommend you to try it.

I can honestly say that this trip to London felt magical and its my favorite time of the year to go to London.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my trip and are inspired to visit London yourself during the Christmas period.

I would love to hear about your experiences and please let me know any recommendations or places you believe I would enjoy visiting, I hope to hear from you soon and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

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