48 hours: London in December

london tube mind the gap

The past few weeks I’ve been traveling non-stop for work (and a little bit for fun, too). I had the opportunity to head across the pond to London for a meeting, and it was a lovely 48 hours in the UK! I’ve only toured London once before, six years ago with Daniela. (Read about our antics here.)

It was a very different vibe being there in December around the holidays, as opposed to the middle of summer. This time around I stayed at the Dorset Square Hotel, which was absolutely charming. The staff was so welcoming, the decor was cozy and the room was immaculate. I loved staying there!

london december holiday lights

A peaceful scene on my stroll from the hotel to Oxford Street

I only had a few hours to explore the city, so I walked over to Oxford Street to stroll around and shop. The holiday lights lining the streets were super festive, and several department stores featured stunning holiday window displays. My favorite windows had to be those at the John Lewis department store, which featured various woodland animals in party scenes.

One of the most pleasant surprises was when I randomly turned down a side street and accidentally discovered St. Christopher’s Place. It was a lovely hidden square filled with restaurants, with alleys lined by shops branching off in either direction. That is the European charm I love to see!

Lastly, I was very thankful for the painted hints on which way to look when crossing the street because I just could not get it right! Luckily, I did not end up getting hit by a car. London in December is simply delightful!

london look right street sign

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