London is a wonderful travel destination all year round, with so much to offer. However, during December it tales on an amazing, unrivalled, festive atmosphere, which makes it a great place to visit for a pre-Christmas shopping break. One thing that can put people off visiting our capital is cost. London has a reputation for being an expensive place to stay but that needn’t be the case. We’re all likely to be feeling the pinch in the run up to Christmas, so good value hotel accommodation is essential for any December break. After all, cash saved on the room equals more cash to splash on gifts for your loved ones.
The London Eye
Travelodge offer great deals on hotels in London so that you can enjoy the city without breaking the bank – and with 51 hotels in the city centre to choose from, you’re sure to find yourself in the heart of the action. Once you’ve got your accommodation sorted, it’s time to turn your attention to your itinerary. A few days is nowhere near enough time to experience all that London has to offer, so it’s important to think carefully about how you wish to spend your limited time in order to get the most from your stay.
London Christmas Adventures
Here’s an example of a fantastically festive London shopping itinerary to provide you with some inspiration and ideas:
AM – Arrive in the city and, after dropping off your bags at your hotel, head directly to Oxford Street to beat the hoards of festive shoppers in the city. The three mile long shoppers paradise is illuminated from early November until the 5th January, with the striking light displays adding festive cheer and charm to gloomy December mornings. The theme for this year’s illuminations is still a closely guarded secret, but last years’ display included giant snowflakes, neon baubles, sprigs of mistletoe and holly, and advertisements for the Arthur Christmas movie.
After hitting Selfridges on Oxford Street, don’t forget to head to nearby Regents Street to visit Hamleys toy emporium and the Christmas wonderland that is Liberty.
Lunch – You’ll be spoilt for lunch for amazing eateries near to the central Oxford Street shopping area – including cafes, pub grub and fast food of every conceivable variety. However, if you’re on a budget, why not treat yourself to a slap-up lunch as the main meal of the day? Many fine restaurants in the city offer reasonable lunch menus – for example, famed restaurants Hibiscus and Sketch in Mayfair offer gourmet lunch menus for £25 and £30 respectively.
Covent Garden with christmas decoration, London UK
PM – Jump on the tube over to Covent Garden to continue your London shopping experience. The shops and market of Covent Garden offer a completely different experience to that of Oxford Street, with niche shops offering amazing gift ideas. Try Godivas for stunning chocolate gifts, or Pollocks toy shop for traditional wooden toys and puppets.
High Tea – If you’ve managed to work up a small appetite by tea-time, why not treat yourself to the delectable experience that is Laduree afternoon tea with their delightful macarons, directly on the cobbles of the Covent Garden piazza.
Evening – After shopping till you drop in London, head back to your Travelodge hotel for a relaxing bath and comfortable bed for the night. Not before you’ve spread your packages over the bed to admire though, of course!
Photo 1: www.mydestination.com/london, Photo 2: by late night movie, Photo 3: By Nick D., Photo 4: beatbul