2020 has been a hell of a year and for some people the festive season is more important this year than ever. We have some of the most festive spots in London lined up for you below.
Peggy Porschen Belgravia: Peggy Porschen, the most pretteist of cupcake shops. Always with a queue of people wanting to get a photo. This Christmas they’ve made their festivities as pink as you’d expect, a perfect spot for a festive photo! As you can see from the amazing @Noegoesplaces
The Lanesborough: What a hotel. Magnificent as ever this year with its picture perfect decorations!
Churchill Arms: the famous pub with all the flowers, is back with all the trees this year! Perfect for your festive photo.
Ivy Chelsea Garden: festive photos ahoy with the incredible frontage that the Ivy have each year. Last year a sweet gingerbread house, this year the North Pole’s workshop!
The Boltons: A remarkable residential road any time of the year, but at Christmas it’s worth a still for the lights. There’s an opportunity for many festive photo chances!
35 Carlyle Square: Just a beautiful residential house in Chelsea, but with an epic decoration – each year it’s mildly different and this year they’ve gone all out with baubles.
Colette: This store is the Chelsea instagrammer’s dream this year!
Fifty Cheyne: Always a pretty building, this year the spot is perfect for your festive photos!
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Leadenhall Market: If you pop down at the weekend this listed building and it’s ambient lights and Christmas tree are sure to set the scene for your festive photo. A beautiful building all the time!
Covent Garden: The whole area of Covent Garden is festive this year – similar decorations to last year, but the restaurants and buildings are festive as ever. Giant tree, London Transport Museum tree and, well, an un-festive Apple store. Still lovely to go down and mooch around!
Covent Garden Market: Covent Garden Market is fabulously festive at the moment, with mistletoe and disco balls, what more could you want! Jess loves any excuse to get the disco balls out especially at Christmas!
The Ivy: A smaller version of the Chelsea restaurant, and much less wow-factor on the festivities but still cute to boot!
Cutty Sark: The Cutty Sark, the famous historical ship, not something you’d think about being festive. Yet, every year without fail they go ham on how they can make the ship celebrate the holidays. Trees and lights on the mast make this a worthwhile festive photo spot if you’re in the area!
Greenwich Market: The area is always fairly pretty and festive, and at Christmas it’s no different. Use the opportunity to get down and buy your presents from the local market traders too!
Museum and ice rink: This year Royal Museum Greenwich have got their ice rink out – there’s still lots that don’t (normally would suggest the Natural History museum and somerset house) but this year it’s not the case. Do visit the National Maritime Museum and their ice rink if you have a craving this year though!
Annabels: The members club that always goes all out – not sure if they’re planning to this year but the last two years have been spectacular!
Cartier: If it’s your scene then Cartier is wrapped up like a giant gift once again this year! A great spot for that picture perfect festive photo.
Tiffany: Right next door to Cartier – with slightly more subtle branding is Tiffany’s with their famous Tiffany blue in some light up christmas trees!
Claridges: This hotel has once again gone above and beyond to bring the Christmas spirit.
Tate Britain: This year, not Christmassy, but still fantastic and worth the trip down, the Tate Britain has the amazing winter comission on the front from Chila Kumari Singh Burman. “remembering a brave new world” combines Hindu mythology, Bollywood imagery, colonial history and personal memories in bright lights on the front facade. Put up to coincide with Diwali, and up until the end of January, it is well worth a visit.
Carnaby Street: This year Carnaby Street have gone with Help Refugees to support the Choose Love campaign. A campaign very close to our hearts, and worthwhile decorations!
Liberty: The most beautiful spot always, but with subtle hints to christmas trees in the window it’s a great excuse to go and have a look at it for a festive photo!
Regent Street/Oxford Street: If you’re brave enough to face the crowds you’ve seen in the paper then this one’s for you at night. The same lights as last year there’s something magical about them both, always!
The Ritz: It needs no introduction and this year is christmas all over. From the archways to the hotel front, it’s a beast of luxury festivity!
Burlington Arcade: Opposite the Ritz is Burlington Arcade, home of fancy shops and amazing security guards. This year Moet have a festive swing at one end, but the decorations at the entrance and the trees throughout make it a perfect festive spot!
Fortnum and Masons: This year, the upmarket shop have gone for their advent calendar in the windows again. Additionally, much to their credit, have got a whopping 2020 on the side of the building. A sign I’m sure they can’t wait to get rid of! If you time it well and to the hour, you can experience the amazing clock at the front of F&M cuckooing!
Wembley Park light trail: Pop down to Wembley Park for their world famous light trail – United in light! It culminates in the world’s biggest LED tree and is a great spot for festive photos.
Is there anywhere else we should have on our festive photo spot list?