Christmas in the City

The Shard London
London and Christmas are two of my favourite things. Recently I’ve spent quite a bit of time in London during November and December for various reason during the build-up of Christmas. You’re probably reading this and thinking you can’t think of anything worse than the hustle and bustle of a city let alone London around Christmas! But trust me my last two visits were far from frantic and stressful. London has got me feeling all festive in time for Christmas.

I suppose I ought to start by mentioning that the great British weather was on my side during both visits. I was greeted with frosty mornings, beautiful blue skies and mild mid-day temperatures. It’s funny how the weather instantly change our mood… I’m one of those people that go into a full-blown meltdown when it’s raining and when rain is combined with wind! That’s it! Day ruined! Haha!

London Eye
This year I have taken a slightly different approach to Christmas, with our wedding being only four weeks away we have decided to scrap presents to each other. My family suggested this and you know what I’m absolutely loving the build-up to Christmas without the constant panic of finding the perfect gift. I enjoy Christmas shopping however with what seems like a never-ending to do list for the wedding, having the pressure of Christmas shopping eliminated is a great feeling! Every now and then I get a guilty feeling that I won’t be giving to my family this year but then I remember what surprises I have in store for them on the morning of our wedding.

For the first time since leaving home I’ll be hosting boxing day at our home which I’m really excited about. I must admit I love being a hostess when we have guests round, so I’m really looking forward to making boxing day extra special for my family this year. They can sit back, relax and indulge on festive treats throughout the day.

Here are three of my most recent highlights in London. It was tough to narrow it down to three but here goes…

National History Museum LondonNational History Museum London
The Natural History Museum. All the times I’ve visited London I’ve never been to The Natural History Museum! It’s incredible! I’d like to go again as I didn’t take it all in. I would suggest getting there early before it opens, we arrived 30 minutes before the museum opened and there was already a que of roughly 50 people. There’s a portable coffee bar conveniently outside, so we enjoyed a coffee and the beautiful view of the ice rink whilst waiting.

Sky Garden

Sky Garden. If you want breakfast with a view then the Sky Garden is definitely worth a visit. You can enjoy a relaxing breakfast with a beautiful panoramic view of London, you can see The Shard opposite. There is a restaurant or café bar, I ate from the bar area. The menu options change throughout the day. My amazing hens treated me to breakfast here at the beginning of December, it’s a really special way to start the day.

London Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park. I love visiting Christmas markets, there’s nothing else that gets me in a festive mood for Christmas. With the pressure of not buying gifts I could browse the market whilst enjoying the festive treats and mulled wine whist giggling away merrily on the carousel with my friends. The Winter Wonderland is so beautifully created. We arrived early one Sunday morning in December which I would recommend as we missed the crazy crowds that seem to grow from mid-day onwards. Arriving early meant we could enjoy a comfortable stroll around the stalls avoiding getting stuck in any queues which was great! I’d passed Hyde park the week before and it looked crazy busy early afternoon with queues that went on for miles, literally. I hope you’ve enjoyed my post.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to sharing more of my adventures with you in the New Year. Prepare yourself for lot of wedding blogs in 2017!

Lots of Love

Nicola xxx