Planning a Christmas trip down to the capital? Make sure you visit Regent Street and St James’s for the ultimate taste of Christmas in London. These stunning historic neighbourhoods are known for their glorious ‘Spirit of Christmas’ lights, and what could be more magical than ticking off your shopping list beneath that twinkly glow?
Watch the neighbourhoods sparkle with The Spirit of Christmas
Recognised by many Londoners as the Christmas lights, The Spirit of Christmas is the UK’s largest lights display. The handcrafted soaring spirits will illuminate the streets of Regent Street and St James’s from November 9. This year’s impressive 300,000 light display has been specially adapted to make for a more sustainably lit Christmas. And nothing will fill your heart with Christmas cheer quite like the sight of these decorative lights adorning the streets of central London. Make your way to Regent Street and St James’s and admire this sparkling canopy!
There’s few places in the country where you’ll find shopping, dining and leisure experiences as fabulous as those on Regent Street. But it’s the convivial Christmas season that really makes this neighbourhood sparkle. Amble down the mile of style and discover shops and restaurants brimming with Christmassy delights.
Top shopping on Regent Street
Home to the flagship stores of world-leading brands, Regent Street is a top-tier gift-hunting spot. From iconic stores such as Apple and Burberry, to new arrivals such as Gymshark, the retail therapy opportunities are endless. Shoppers can also explore exciting new stores from Marc Jacobs, Malin + Goetz and Armani Exchange. Then why not soak in the heavenly smells of Aesop’s skincare in their elegant new Regent Street home or pick up some sustainable sneakers from ACBC?
Dining on Regent Street
A festive day out is not complete without a tasty morsel or a celebratory drink. And you’ll find plenty of places to treat your taste buds on the neighbourhood’s Heddon Street. Whether it’s a drink at The Starman, delicious Portuguese fare at Casa do Frango or stylish all-day dining at Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen where kids eat free – there is a perfect spot for every occasion.
Don’t let the festivities stop there – the gorgeous neighbourhood of St James’s is just a stone’s throw away. Here you will find some of London’s finest art galleries, shops and restaurants. Take a walk through the glittering streets and explore a whole range of special seasonal goodies.
Shopping in St James’s
In honour of all-things-Christmas, St James’s will pedestrianise the famous Jermyn Street for one special day. This iconic thorough-fare, known for housing some of the best menswear designers around, will be closed to traffic on December 10th. Merrymakers will be able to enjoy entertainment, food stalls and much more whilst they shop.
Explore the neighbourhood’s independent boutiques and specialist retailers for those unique gifts. From luxurious Prestat chocolates to bespoke hampers at Fortnum & Mason, you’ll find a magnificent gift for every friend and family member. And from November 24 until December 24, shoppers can visit a great Christmas pop-up in partnership with Lone Design Club. Located at 23 Jermyn Street, the pop-up will showcase lifestyle and homeware products from independent and sustainable brands. Browse unique, personalised gifts and get involved in festive workshops such as wreath making, whisky tasting and more!
Dining in St James’s
When it’s time to stop for a tasty treat or tipple, there’s plenty of excellent bars and restaurants to frequent in St James’s. Tuck into seasonal Italian fare at Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano or enjoy the effortless glamour of 45 Jermyn Street brasserie. You can also find wonderful foodie delights in St James’s Market at the likes of Fallow, Scully and ‘O ver.
Make it a Christmas of marvellous entertainment
Try something different from the classic Christmas panto this year and pay a visit to
Wonderville in St James’s Market. This new West End arrival is a one stop shop for
mind-boggling magic and brilliant cabaret. Across five breathtaking acts, guests will be thoroughly entertained and utterly amazed – it’s the ultimate fun, festive outing!