London’s Christmas Lights

London's Christmas Lights

You might have noticed that I haven’t called this post ‘Christmas Shopping in London’ and that’s because Easymalc don’t do shopping in London at Christmastime, in fact I don’t do Christmas shopping anywhere – and come to think of it, I don’t do shopping anywhere at any time.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest, you may well wonder why I’m bothering to write anything at all about the subject, especially as I’m not a lover of the over-commercialisation of this time of the year either.

Well, the first reason is that whether I like it or not, the second week in November is when the Christmas lights start to be turned on in London, and the second reason is that Easymalc’s household has been having a family day out up in ‘The Smoke’ at Christmastime for a few years now, and both my wife and daughter have a different concept of wandering along Oxford street to me, and so I content myself with taking a few pictures of the lights and pop into a hostelry or two while they’re wasting their time in the shops.

Oxford Street

It may have seemed at the beginning that I wasn’t too keen on spending much time in London’s shopping quarter at this time of the year, but it’s surprising how quickly I can warm to the idea after one or two beverages and a few clicks of the shutter to get into the Christmas spirit. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I like it.

Regent Street

We’ll be back up here again this Christmas, and no doubt I’ll be able to add a few more pictures to the album – or at least those that aren’t blurred, but when all’s said and done we have a great build-up to Christmas in our own way, and I reckon it would be a crying shame if the internet took over completely from Christmas shopping in places like the West End: Mind you, it’s also a shame to find out at the end of the day that I’ve probably spent more on food and drink than the girls did in the shops – or is it? Who said I don’t like Christmas shopping?

Fortnum and Mason Shop Window, Piccadilly
Carnaby Street

18 thoughts on “London’s Christmas Lights

  1. Alli Templeton

    I can’t stand the over-commercialisation of Christmas either, Malc, so I’m definitely with you on that. I’m slowly going more medieval at this time of year, discovering how it was before the marketing nuts got hold of it, and so far what I’ve found is much more appealing. Still, the lights do look good, so I’m not surprised you photographed them all while the girls were shopping. I’d also much rather be outside looking a them and partaking of a nice mulled wine or mead than trawling round the shops, which I also hate. The only Christmas shopping I do now that’s not online is at the Ludlow Medieval Fair, which is coming up next weekend – can’t wait for that! But thanks for showing us the London Christmas lights – and I have to admit the Fortnum and Masons window is something else. 🙂

    1. Easymalc Post author

      I don’t know if they still do them, but Medieval Banquets used to be something I enjoyed around Christmastime. Tewkesbury Abbey and Caldicot Castle immediately spring to mind. They were great fun.

                  1. Easymalc Post author

                    Why not arrange a Medieval Banquet of your own and invite all the neighbours round to quaff Sticky Rogers?

  2. Fergy.

    I’m with you Malc, I don’t do Xmas shopping either.

    As you know I live about 40 minutes door to Oxford St. shop window by bus or Tube (the bus stop is 300 yards from home and the Tube station about 10 minutes walk so it evens out) and it is many years since I saw the Xmas lights. I briefly lived in Soho some years ago which is why I know all the pubs as I demonstrated to you once (remember the “lady” in Molly’s?) and this time of year was absolute murder. Forget peace on earth and goodwill towards men, it was more a case of Hell on earth and every man for himself!

    I am firmly in the bah humbug camp although I thoroughly enjoyed this post and I shall let your excellent photography serve as my exposure to the madness of the season in that part of the world.

  3. bitaboutbritain

    Loved that Malc – excellent! And wonderful photos too. I love London but, apart from iconic places like Harrods and Liberty, think there are better places for Christmas shopping. Bah humbug etc!

  4. Si

    After such an intriguing intro, I just had to read your page! 😉 Fun writing; and to see how you change to the positive side in the middle the page! I don’t ‘do’ shopping either, so I would opt for a drink instead as well. Although I think I would swap the beer for a glas of wine instead 🙂


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