Christmas in London’s West End

Last Sunday I decided to take my two daughters up to London to see the Christmas lights in Oxford and Regent Street.  Probably daft, I know, as the streets were bound to be packed with shoppers, but we went nevertheless.

We drove up to Greenwich and, as the day was a bit cold to take the river bus from Greenwich Pier, we took the Docklands Light Railway then the tube from Bank Station.  But it was all worthwhile just to see the look on my youngest daughter’s face as we emerged from Oxford Street tube station.  The shops, the people, the sounds and smells of waffle stands, burger bars and cosmetics shops – I’m sure Body Shop and Lush must use fans to blow their unique aromas out across the pavements! – it was a magical place to be on a chilly Sunday afternoon.  The first stop for my youngest daughter was Hamleys toy shop; something of a scrum but we took the stairs (which were empty) avoiding the escalators (which were packed) and it became much easier to navigate the store!

As much for a trip down my own Memory Lane I walked them down Carnaby Street, itself bedecked with giant inflatable hearts and lips, and took them around Kingly Court, the three tier shopping mall.  Over the next few hours we window shopped in Oxford Street, Regent Street and – my personal pleasure – watched my eldest daughter’s wonderment as she experienced Bond Street!

In all, a tiring but worthwhile day.  My daughters are already badgering me to take them up to London again!

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