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I love Christmas shopping, what better place to take in the Christmas lights and to indulge in some retail therapy than London. Yes, I realise that New York is clearly the other perfect Christmas shopping destination but I feel that we hold our own, if a little more demurely, on this side of the pond!

After a delightful stay and de-stress at the Four Seasons London, I was ready to hit the streets. I always start on New Bond Street because all the designer stores are on or off this road. Prada, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton and Abercrombie (just off one end) all beckon for my credit card, and the Peacock feathered and chandelier decorations positively sparkle here.

As New Bond Street is slightly less busy than Oxford Street and Bond Street, this part of my shopping was hassle free. Next on my tour was to cross Regent Street just below the Apple store and above the huge toy shop Hamleys, and to walk up Carnaby street for a peek into some high street brands. I like to check out Miss Sixty and I always save 30 minutes to marvel at the historic and un-missable Liberty’s with their amazing wooden atrium, such a beautiful old building.

Topshop was out, I can rarely face their flagship store and have on a number of occasions, escalated down beyond the mirrors towards the seething masses, to immediately turn around and escalate straight out again! This was another one of those hasty escape situations, it was just too busy – so instead I headed up to Selfridges and through the teardrop decorations in Bond Street.

Both the trees and the sky seem to be decorated here, the sky being full of a million glowing silver baubles. Love it! I felt like snow was falling which is obviously quite rare in the UK! Selfridges is always like a big flashy party. Walking through their beauty section is an offense to my delicate senses, ARRGHH! Noise, smell, lights, people, definitely a place to love and hate! It sounds silly but I often just escalate up and down this shop, looking down upon the expanse of shop floors from above, and this time reading the golden decorations which formed Christmas messages.

Selfridges done, I then headed back down Avery Row which this year was adorned with pyramid after pyramid of lights, They were certainly bright but I have seen better decorations down here on previous years. They felt more like shopping mall lights than a magical London creation. Finally I parked myself in Claridges around the corner for a cup of tea.. or was that a G & T? I had intended to head down to Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge to snap some of the lights there but Dear Reader my legs had given up.

I hope you enjoy my photographic London Christmas light display extravaganza of photos below. Next time I will attempt Harrods too but for now I am relaxing my worn out body in my comfy Claridges chair. Chin Chin darling.

For this trip I was staying at the Four Seasons London.

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