Explore London This Christmas: A Local’s Guide to Quintessential Holiday Experiences in the Capital

Christmas in London is nothing short of magical. Especially if you choose to stay in one of the most Christmassy neighbourhoods in London – Mayfair. Stepping outside each day into the charming wonderfully decorated cobblestone streets perfumed with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, you get to live out your own Dickensian festive fairy tale.

From iconic markets and shows to discovering hidden local gems, Christmas in London offers endless festive cheer. And the upscale Mayfair neighbourhood makes for the ultimate home base to experience it all.

Indulge in Classic Christmas Markets and West End Shopping

In addition to the major, well known Christmas markets and iconic shopping areas like Carnaby Street all of which are covered in most London guides, uncover a handful of local favourites while staying at Mansley Mayfair serviced apartments… and live your best Christmas life like a local!

Take a stroll through London’s “best kept secret” – Shepherd Market. Nestled just north of Curzon Street minutes away from Mansley Serviced Apartments sits the quaint pedestrian area known as Shepherd Market, transformed into a true hidden gem at Christmastime. Twinkling string lights criss-cross overhead as you browse the boutique shops and art galleries bedecked in festive trimmings showcasing unique jewellery, ceramics, clothing and home goods. Stop into one of the cosy pubs made warm and lively on cold nights with roaring fireplaces, snacks and winter cocktails. Shepherd Market’s intimate village-like atmosphere accompanied by local carolers and buskers sets it apart from the more bustling Christmas markets and fanfare found elsewhere in Mayfair and central London. Meandering through with packages and hot cider in hand make for memorable glimpses into life as a local.

And once you’ve enjoyed the secret Shepherd Market, head back to your own home from home!

The diversity of options for Christmas shopping in London can’t be beat. Just beware of getting carried away on the mulled wine and Christmas treats!

Luxury Hotels vs. Serviced Apartments for Christmas in London

While extravagant hotels like The Savoy, The Ritz and Mandarin Oriental excel in five star hospitality and dining, staying at a high end Mayfair serviced apartment often outshines even luxury hotels when it comes to space, amenities, and creating a magical holiday home experience.

Mansley Mayfair serviced apartments offer an unrivalled local living experience. These high end residences, often converted from former townhomes unique to Mayfair, come staffed with amenities rivalling hotels. From the concierge desk and friendly members of staff are onsite, to housekeeping and luxury toiletries they deliver exceptional service. Yet with separate living spaces, stocked kitchens, and room to entertain, these serviced apartments unlock intimacy and convenience perfect for couples and solo travellers.

Discover Unique Local Christmas Happenings as a Londoner Would

Whilst staying at you local “home”, enjoy the more obscure, quirky Christmas happenings in London that only insiders would know about:

Skating at Somerset House Late Night Adults-Only Takeover – Typically families flock to the gorgeous Somerset House ice rink, but insiders know that a few nights a week after 10 PM only adults are allowed for a magical late night skating experience under the stars without kids.

12 Days of Christmas Pub Crawl – Wishing to get to know a handful of great London pubs? This guide is for you. Follow the lyrics of a timeless carol and discover a new pub every day. Or maybe you’d like to visit them all in one day belting out classics like “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells” alongside your fellow Christmas crooners.

Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays – Taking place on Wednesdays leading up to Christmas, this festive gathering attracts a lot of locals hunting for fragrant Christmas greenery and unique stocking fillers. Enjoy singing Christmas carols? Look out for the crowd led by the vicar of St Peter’s Church Bethnal Green and join them in this festive fellowship activity.

By veering off the beaten path you’ll be rewarded with quintessential Christmas magic unlike anything you’ll experience back home.

clock icon December 19, 2023
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