Best 10 Christmas Lights in London

Best 10 Christmas Lights in London



It does not take too long after Halloween for London to dazzle, dazzle, dazzle the skies and bring on the festive spirit in style. Experience the magic of Christmas in the heart of London. Christmas lights display in London is incredible and special. The dazzling array of winter lights all over London has brought a irrepressible sparkle and much festive cheer to brighten up winter nights and the challenging year 2020 has been. With the ‘staying at home order’ coming to an end soon, London’s sparkly winter destinations will be buzzing again. For some festive fun and cheer at Christmas, come over to London (subject to government guidelines) and experience the best 10 Christmas lights in London.

This article lists the best 10 Christmas lights in London you could visit during the festive season to experience the magical dazzling lights in London.

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Georgina says: Get on your walking shoes and explore London City by night 🙂 The best time to view these lights and to capture good photos from various angles is in the evenings after the shops close for business. Less crowd. You could easily walk from one block to another (except the Winterfest in Wembley which is about 25 minutes train journey from central London and Kew Gardens which is about 30 minutes) to view. Most of my night-time photos in this article were taken between 10:00 pm and 01:00 am. I am sure you would love an adventure such as this too, if you so desire. I think this is an experience to top any list.


Winterfest | United in Light | Wembley Park 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel


Best 10 Dazzling Christmas Lights Display in London

Every year, the dazzling Christmas lights display in London are a must-see event. The following best 10 Christmas Lights is by no means an exhaustive list. However, it should top any list.

1 | Oxford Street London Christmas Lights Display

You know Christmas is here when you are in Oxford Street. The amazing seasonal window displays line up the infamous shopping street in the world and the sparkly lights above you.

Top 4 London's Christmas Lights Display
Oxford Street Christmas Lights Display, 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Last year, Oxford Street installed new and spectacular lights. The display feature 27 LED light curtains, made up of 222,000 sparkling lights draped over the length of the shopping street. This year, the lights pay tribute to NHS staff and key workers, with the name of a nominated ‘Hero’ appearing on lights display. Oxford Street lights remains switched on up until 5th January.

FREE Event | From: November 2 2020 – January 5 2021 | Nearest Stations: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Marble Arch and Piccadilly Circus | Website: https://www.oxfordstreet.co.uk/


As you walk along Oxford Street, look at the side roads too. The incredible Christmas lights display in Bond Street and South Molton Street are not to be missed.

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2 | New Bond Street London Christmas Lights

New Bond Street, a glamorous part of London is looking even more flamboyant this year with its giant illuminated peacock feathers.

Bond Street Christmas Lights Display 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The lights are technically white but radiate a dash of blue hues, illuminating the whole street.

As one of the best 10 Christmas lights in London, the magical lights at Bond Street does not just stop at brightening up the streets for the festive season, The window-displays of London’s grandeur shopping district adds sparkle and good cheer as the countdown begins for the reopening in December of their famed luxury boutiques, galleries and bars.

Tiffany's New Bond Street | Best Christmas Lights in London
Tiffany’s New Bond Street | London | Christmas 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
Cartier New Bond Street | London | Christmas 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

FREE Event | November 2020 – January 4 2021 | Location: W1 | Nearest Underground Station: Bond Street – Central and Jubilee Lines | Website: https://bondstreet.co.uk/



3 | Mayfair/South Molton Street, London

There is no Christmas lights display in central London that is quite so sparkly blue as that in South Molton Street. A traffic-free shopping area, the street dazzles with starry-arches for pedestrians to walk through. These photogenic lights are not hung high up. You could walk up close and take a few selfies as festive memories.

South Molton Street, London | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Located just next to Bond Street Underground Station, you can’t miss it.

FREE Event | November – January 5 2021 | Location: W1 | Nearest Underground Station: Bond Street – Central and Jubilee Lines


4 | Carnaby Street London Christmas Lights Display

Carnaby’s Christmas lights are always a special treat. The theme that Carnaby chooses to highlight each year relates to current issues that are close to people’s hearts.

In 2019 Carnaby chose a quirky underwater theme. It teamed-up with ocean conservation charity Project 0 for this sustainable display. The display featured bubble-blowing whale, glittering underwater creatures such as giant clusters of jellyfish and 200 illuminated vampire squid. All made using recycled and reusable materials.

Carnaby Street and Project 0 London Christmas 2019
Carnaby and Project 0 2019 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
Carnaby Street Christmas Lights 2019
Carnaby Christmas Lights Diaplay 2019 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The 2020 Christmas Lights display was another event that reflect the spirit of Londoner’s and what we have all been experiencing this challenging year. Carnaby teamed up with charity, Choose Love to display a message of Hope and Kindness with bright pink neon lights. Each light displays a positively strong message such as ‘Give’, ‘Heart’, ‘Hope’, ‘Love’, just to name a few, making Carnaby Street as one of the best 10 Christmas lights in London.

Carnaby Street Choose Love
Carnaby Street Christmas Lights Display 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

FREE Event | November 2 2020 – January 5 2021 | Location: Carnaby Street, Soho | Nearest Station: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus | Website: https://www.carnaby.co.uk/



5 | Regent Street London Christmas Lights Display

The glorious and amazing golden angels over Regent Street are back this year. Adding that glittering sparkle to our festive cheer in London. “The Spirit of Christmas” by Regent Street this year is better, bigger and dramatic representing “spirits” sweeping through the length of the street.

Best Christmas Lights in London | Regent Street Angels | 2020
Regent Street Angels, London | 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
Best Christmas Lights in London | Regent Street Angels | 2020
Regent Street Angels, London | 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Looking up at the sweeping canopy of twinkling lights in varying shades of white creating a coordinated ripple effect is simply quite magical – making Regent Street sparkle and dazzle bright in the moonlight. This is one Christmas lights display that brings light, warmth and joy to everyone who come to experience Regent Street lights in London at Christmas. Switched on in the evenings only, from 4 pm to midnight to ensure a sustainable display.

FREE Event | November 14 2020 – January 3 2021 | Location: Regent Street, London | Nearest Stations: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road | Website: https://www.regentstreetonline.com/


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6 | Marylebone Village London Christmas Lights

The sparkly lights are on in Marylebone Village. Bringing festive cheer and celebrations to the residents, businesses and visitors to this boutique filled neighbourhood.

Marylebone Village, 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

To continue with Merry Marylebone tradition, there’ll be a live stream of Santa’ s Grotto as well as a virtual Christmas service on December 20 which may involve some donation.

FREE Event | Location: Marylebone, London | Nearest stations: Bond Street, Baker Street | Website: https://www.marylebonevillage.com/


7 | Kings Cross, London at Christmas

Kings Cross is pulling out all the stops this year by bringing not one but three unique Christmas trees, together with all the festive finery. First though, you will find this illumination just outside Kings Cross Station.

Kings Cross Station, London | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

7.1 | The Nemeton Tree, Granary Square

The Granary Square feature the 36ft high Electric Nemeton Tree, designed by local architecture practice, Sam Jacob Studios. It brings together the origins of Christmas tree traditions, a fairy-tale forest and the symbolism of midwinter tree with modern architecture.

Best 10 Christmas lights in London  | Electric Nemeton Tree in Kings Cross.London
Nemeton Tree, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Inspired by ancient Celtic religion, Nemeton or Nemeta (plural) were sacred spaces situated in natural environment, often involving trees. They were known as sacred groves, called Nemeton,

7.2 | Terrarium Tree at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London

At Coal Drops Yard, there is the sustainable creation Terrarium Tree by Botanical Boys.

Best 10 Christmas lights in London | Terrarium Tree in Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London
Terrarium Tree, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London 2020 | Best 10 Christmas lights in London | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The Terrarium Tree is 28 ft tall and feature 70 terrariums, each a living miniature garden surrounded by 168 mirrored baubles. Each comes in varying sizes.

7.3 | People’s Tree, Battle Bridge Place, Kings Cross, London

The final piece at Battle Bridge Place is the People’s Tree.

The interactive People’s Tree at Battle Bridge, Kings Cross, London | Best 10 Christmas Lights in London | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

It is interactive, and multicoloured. It illuminates by the sensory movements of people when they place their palm over the sensory button.

Location: Kings Cross, London | November 23 2020 – January 1 2021 | Nearest Station: Kings Cross Station | Website: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/


8 | St Pancras International, London and it’s Christmas cheer

The magical Christmas tree at St Pancras, International is a beautiful 34ft high tree, dressed in pink. The ‘Tree of Hope’ pays tribute to the NHS and key workers who have carried the UK through the challenging times of 2020.

The ‘Tree of Hope’ St Pancras International, London | Best 10 Christmas lights in London | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Adorned in 1200 metres of pink ribbons with printed messages of love, hope, and empathy together with a whimsical carousel at the base. Designed in partnership with EL&N, the tree carries a festive message ‘Wishing you a season of sweetness’ adding a festive feel to the somewhat quiet but a delightful concourse.

FREE Event | Location: Concourse, St Pancras International | November 6 2020 – January 3 2021 | Nearest station: Kings Cross St Pancras | Website: https://stpancras.com/


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9 | Christmas in London – Christmas at Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew 2018
Christmas at Kew 2018 | The Temperate House | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Christmas at Kew is a perfect festive winter event of magical light trail across its gardens. Their sparkling after dark trail holds new surprises each year for visitors young and old. A sell-out event, visitors can expect to enter a botanical world of magical colours and enchanting optics of a mile long of illuminations. The trail features trees with swirls of neon lights, glowing cherry blossom walkway, singing Rose Garden and so much more. The magical evening draws to a close with the Temperate House springing to life with illuminations. A dancing spectrum of colours to seasonal music envelopes the iconic glasshouse.

New in 2020 is a tunnel adorned with canopy of starry lanterns.

The 2019 highlight of “Waterfall of Lights” cascading from their 18 metre high Treetop Walkway with “spiralling columns of light cascading from the canopy above” makes a return for 2020. Another firm favourite year on year, Cathedral of Lights makes a return as well.

Christmas at Kew 2018
Cathedral of Light, Christmas at Kew |© mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
Christmas at Kew 2018 Tree of Life
Tree of Life, Christmas at Kew | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

This truly mesmerising experience is one not to be missed as well if you are in London.

Christmas at Kew is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased in advance. You can select a time slot that is convenient for you at the time of purchase.

Ticketed Event | Location: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE | 4 December 2020 – 17 January 2021 | 4 pm – 10 pm | Nearest station: Kew Gardens, Disctrict Line on the Richmond branch | Website: Christmas at Kew 2020 for tickets availability and related information.


10 | Aurora Arbour at Wembley Park, London

Christmas is on at Wembley Park, home to the iconic Wembley Stadium. The scheduled Winterfest and the ‘Reflections of Future’ illuminations are now postponed to November 2021, but the ‘United in Light’ Christmas display is on in Wembley.

London’s tallest LED Christmas tree
Aurora Arbour at Wembley Park, London

The theme ‘United in Light’ will feature the hugely popular London’s tallest LED tree at the Royal Triangle, outside London Designer Outlet. This year, the tree is adorned with a very special design with a heartwarming message of unity, hope and joy, ‘Aurora Arbour’ by artist, Siân Bliss. ‘Aurora Arbour’ is based on the concept of movements of a winter night’s sky. We can all see the same sky even when we are separated. Watch the video at the top of this article for a virtual experience.

In keeping with the spirit of unity, hope and joy, the Christmas Lights Display at Wembley Park will also feature an inspiring artwork by East London artist, Tash Randolph. The artwork reflect the strength of the community facing the pandemic together at a time when they are asked to stay apart.

Along with the spectacular tree, the neighbourhood will be lit up with digital animations of sunrises, moon cycles and aurora borealis across Bobby Moore Bridge. As well, visitors can take that perfect photo for their Instagram feed in the designated selfie spots.

FREE Event | Location: Wembley Park, | 24 November 2020 – 9 January 2021 | Nearest stations: Wembley Park Station – Jubilee and Metropolitan lines; Wembley Central Station – London Overground Line | Website: https://wembleypark.com/christmas-wembley-park/


Practical points to consider when visiting London at Christmas

Whenever you do visit London or wider UK, ensure you:

Have adequate travel insurance to cover all eventualities and unforeseen situations. I highly recommend World Nomads as they provide one of the best covers for travellers. You can read all about travel insurance here so you are fully informed.

I would also suggest that you check out some evening tours around the city of London. Organised activities add value to experiences and you learn so much from knowledgeable local guide. The following selected four are great and fun to go for:

London: Christmas Lights Tour in a Black Cab

Southbank Photography Tour at Night

Seven Deadly Sins Pub Tour

Best of London Sights and Sounds Tour – Private

Jack the Ripper Happy Hour Tasting Tours

For places to stay, take a look at the luxury boutique Hotel du Vin for elegance and unique style.

Finally…what do I think…

I truly believe that Christmas in London is special! For some of us, I would go as far as to say that it is magical! If you have the opportunity to visit, please do visit us at Christmas.

Have a wonderful festive season, whatever you get up to 🙂

Georgina xx
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Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin



About Hotel du Vin

Offering a unique, individual experience that is ‘far from ordinary’ across their nineteen locations, Hotel du Vin group of 4-star hotels bring affordable luxurious elegance, comfort and style to every aspect of your stay.

The accommodation is designed to offer upscale affordable luxurious elegance in substance and style. Each of their nineteen properties has its own unique architecture, history and location.

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Stay | Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

The rooms are remarkable. Each is uniquely beautiful, curated to showcase a ‘live in feel’ to bring the comfort of home away from home so you are comfortable, relaxed and very much ‘at home’ when you are on vacation here.

No two rooms are the same at Hotel du Vin. Each room is unique, special. A stay with Hotel du Vin is exclusive and individual for timeless memories.

Handsprung mattresses, Egyptian cotton linen, roll-top baths, monsoon power showers and upscale quality toiletries. These are just some of the little luxuries, you as a guest will experience on an affordable luxurious stay at Hotel du Vin.

Dining |Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

At the heart of each of their nineteen properties is Hotel du Vin’s trademark bistros, serving simple French classics with a British twist. It has an extensive wine list.

Locations | Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

With properties located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Cambridge, Tunbridge Wells, Henley-on-Thames and Winchester, you will find that a visit to Hotel du Vin is more than a destination. The luxurious elegance along with comfort and style offer unforgettable timeless experiences.


This post is curated to add value to your visit to Hotel du Vin should you plan to do so. As always, I am available to answer any questions you may have – let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.


Have a splendid uniquely beautiful time with a stay at Hotel du Vin.

Georgina xx

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Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream

Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream


Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese soft cream I have tried!

What is Murasaki Imo?

The Murasaki Imo is purple sweet potato soft cream. It is mellow with a gentle sweet taste and creamy, but not overly creamy.  It is not overbearingly sweet like most Japanese desserts.

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Soft Cream is popular in Japan

Soft cream is described as silky and smooth. No matter where you go in Japan, you will find it. In English, we call it simply as “soft serve ice cream,” the soft ice-cream served on a wafer-cone which we hurriedly enjoy before it trickles down our fingers 😊 Yes, that’s the one I am talking about! I am sure it is available and popular in many countries but what makes the ones in Japan so special? Well, it is the flavours and its association with a particular region of Japan.

Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream
A shop front advertises the soft cream as “silky ice cream” – a variety of unique flavours | Photo by georgina_daniel

Different flavours of soft cream

There are so many different flavours of soft cream in Japan. A lot of people would probably be familiar with the standard vanilla, chocolate or the green tea matcha flavours, but you would also find the unusual purple coloured ones, along with the fruity melon or the soy sauce flavoured ones! Yes, indeed – the soy sauce! These varieties, I am told, is related to a region which has their own speciality.

For example:

Kyoto –         Match green tea because of its association with Uji, producer of superior   quality matcha tea;

Furano –        Melon, a region famous for its fruits;

Kamakura –  Purple sweet potato

Tokyo –          Tofu & Amazake

Kyushu –       Yoghurt Ice

My mini-adventure with soft cream

The varieties of these soft cream caught my attention when I visited Kyoto, Japan. My mini adventure with the “soft cream” took place on a very hot afternoon after visiting Fushimi Inari in Kyoto and climbing (and down) of those 4000 or so bright orange Torii gates. I was drawn to this one shop front that had yuba ice cream and various different coloured ones. It had a long line of visitors waiting to be served…so figured the “soft cream” must be good? Correct? Well, I decided to join the queue and try it anyways.

I could have a combination of two flavours or a single flavour. Two scoops. All for 400 Yen. I definitely did not want to try the green tea flavour (had already tried before on many occasions in Kyoto), so I opted to try something different and exotic, a combination of  yuba soft cream and the Murasaki Imo, the purple sweet potato.

The shop that sold interesting flavours of soft cream at the Omotesando St, Fushimi Inari

Yuba soft cream

Yuba soft cream is derived from soya. Yuba is a soy milk skin that is created on the surface when the soy milk is boiled. The yuba soft cream is flavourful and tastes like thick soy milk. It was tasty.

Murasaki Imo soft cream

The Murasaki Imo or the purple sweet potato soft cream was mellow with a gentle sweet taste and creamy, but not overly creamy.  It was not overbearingly sweet like most Japanese desserts. It did not have the strong flavour of the orange yams or the yellow sweet potato and it certainly was not bland. It does take a little time to settle on your palate, especially when you are working through the silky smooth yuba and a tad stronger but mild silky smooth root vegetable.

This is the one I tried! Murasaki Imo topped with Yuba soft cream!
This is the one I tried! Murasaki Imo topped with Yuba soft cream! Absolutely delicious!

My thoughts on the Murasaki Imo

The combination was interesting and was indeed refreshing. An exotic flavour and tasty soya combined with some sweet mild flavour with a hint of potato. Murasaki Imo is definitely one of the best soft cream I have tasted. I would highly recommend that you try this exquisite flavour when you visit Japan. You will not be disappointed.

Happy travels!

Georgina xx

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London’s Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer

London’s Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer


The Christmas season is one of the best times of the year to be in London. The streets of London dazzles, with brightness and warmth. London’s Christmas Lights are one of the greatest joys of Christmas as they fill people’s heart with festive cheer no matter the weather, come rain or shine. The most prominent displays and the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights are in Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden and in some prominent parks such as Kew Gardens.

Despite the pandemic, this year has made no difference. In fact, to kick-off the festive season, London Oxford Street and Carnaby Street have put up beautiful illuminations with heartwarming messages of Love, and Unity a little earlier than usual.

London’s Christmas Lights 2020 | Oxford Street

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Oxford Street | Christmas Lights 2020

Though low keyed with no celebrities present (understandably), the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights in Oxford Street were switched-on just before lockdown 2.0 on Monday 2 November. The twenty-seven LED light curtains made up of twinkling lights drape the length of the premier shopping street in London. The lights burst into sparkling life with an uplifting message “To London with Love” .

London's Christmas Lights
Oxford Street | London’s Christmas Light | 2 November 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Along with messages of goodwill, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights is pandemic related and is dedicated to the Heroes of 2020. Every week, the display will feature the name of a “hero” – a person who has gone that extra mile to help others during Covid-19 pandemic 2020.

The first of London’s Heroes whose name was featured is Anis Ali, a NHS Volunteer Responder who completed an astounding 733 tasks since March while also holding down a full-time job.

Location: Oxford Strret, London

Getting here: Oxford Circus Station on the Central and Jubilee lines of the Underground

To support the Royal Voluntary Service, Oxford Street is selling To London with Love T-shirts with all proceeds going to RVS.

London's Christmas Lights

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights

Carnaby is one of the most fashionable areas in the heart of London. The area covers fourteen streets, over one hundred shops, sixty restaurants, bars and cafes. Each year Carnaby chooses a theme and puts up a spectacular display of lights. This year’s dazzling display is one with a strong message of Love and Unity, in partnership with the charity Choose Love.

Carnaby Street | London's Christmas Lights 2020
Carnaby Street | London’s Christmas Lights 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

As from 2 November, the length of the Streets is immersed in a series of lightboxes of pink neon lights. The message on each of the lightboxes is positively powerful, paying tribute to the strength and courage of Londoners as well as the whole of UK. The messages of love and unity is an encouragement to continue with hope and kindness to each other.

Location: Carnaby Street

Getting here: Nearest station is Oxford Circus

London's Christmas Lights

Covent Garden Christmas Lights

The annual magical haven at Covent Garden is going ahead this year without the usual switching-on ceremony. The unique market offers visitors a very special shopping experience. From high-end names, market traders. and bespoke designers, you will find Christmas gifts for everyone.

20 metre Norwegian spruce that took some 300 hours to put together – tree, lights and baubles at Covent Garden, 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
Apple Market, Covent Garden, 2020 |© mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The splendidness of the Christmas atmosphere is in the cobbled piazza and the market buildings that create a wonder-perfect backdrop for the twenty metre (sixty foot) Christmas tree. Decorated with some thirty thousand sparkling lights, the piazza glows! An unmissable Christmas lights experience in London for sure.

Location: Covent Garden

Getting here: Covent Garden Station on the Central, Northern and Piccadilly Underground lines.

London's Christmas Lights


Regent Street Angels at Christmas

Regent Street Christmas Lights is the largest festive display in the UK. The stunning Spirit of Christmas returns to celebrate the festive heritage of the upscale shopping district.

Spirit of Christmas, Regent Street Christmas Lights | London 2019 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The illumination of more than three hundred thousand twinkling Christmas lights light up the skies of Regent Street and St James’ running from Oxford Circus all the way to Waterloo Place. It is a breathtaking sight and one that will have you in awe.

As with other Christmas Lights switching on ceremony, the annual grand event at Regent Street is cancelled. The lights will dazzle daily from 3:30 p.m. to midnight.

Location: Regent Street

Getting here: Oxford Circus Underground Station: Victoria, Bakerloo & Central Line.

Piccadilly Circus Underground Station: Piccadilly & Bakerloo Line

London's Christmas Lights

Kew Gardens | An amazing magical trail of lights after dark

Kew Gardens at Christmas is one of the best times to visit. The grounds turn into an enchanted magical trail of lights taking you through dazzling sparkly tunnels, trees wrapped in glowing lights and a beautiful dynamic laser projections of Christmas colours on the iconic glasshouse. The grand finale at the Palm House Pond is a stunning light show playing to a festive soundtrack.

Christmas at Kew is a perfect destination for families, and couples, both young and old. Enjoy a festive evening with marshmallows, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Book a time-slot and purchase tickets in advance

Location: Kew Gardens, Entrances at Victoria Gate, Lion Gate and Brentford Gate

Getting here: Kew Gardens Station on the District Line (Richmond branch)

London's Christmas Lights

Ways to experience the magical Christmas lights in London

Admire the famous and magical Christmas Lights in Oxford Street and Regent Street by booking one of the following tours:


Due to current lockdown measures (November 5 2020 – December 2 2020) mean we can’t go and see the lights in person. The lights will continue to glow and dazzle London streets for the rest of 2020 post lockdown and into early January. Visit when it is safe to do so.


I sincerely hope that this article is valuable to you in planning your trip to London at Christmas so you can experience the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights. If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful time experiencing the unmissable festive cheer at London’s Christmas lights and A Very Merry Christmas!

Georgina xx

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Top 5 hotels in Inverness City Centre

Top 5 hotels in Inverness City Centre

The small city of Inverness in the northeast coast of Scotland, also known as the Capital of the Highlands is popularly visited because of its ideal location to exploring Loch Ness. Loch Ness is the most famous loch in the world for the legendary resident, the Loch Ness monster. In addition, Inverness is at a central point and a gateway to the northeast coast offering opportunities to explore the breathtaking landscapes, the ancient sites and the wider region of the Highlands. As such, the city offers a number of accommodations to suit all budgets and lifestyle. With so many choices, finding the most suitable place to stay can be time consuming. Therefore, in this article, there are carefully selected top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness city centre for you to peruse, select and book.

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Why select a hotel in the heart of Inverness city centre | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre

Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre
Traditional Scottish pub along River Ness

1 | A compact city

Inverness is compact and is easy to walk around the city. The main attractions in the city are all within easy reach and public transportation is not really needed.

2 | Choices in entertainment and eateries

The city is lively and offer great choices in entertainment in the evenings. As well there are a good selection of restaurants and eateries for you to try classic Scottish recipes. Visit one or more of the many Scottish pubs dotted around the city for the hospitality, ambience and a classic Scotch on the rocks, for a memorable experience.

As for places to eat, try the Castle Tavern which is popular amongst visitors to Inverness. Known for good service, it is said to serve the best haggis in town!

Address: 1 View Place, Inverness IV2 4SA Scotland

3 | Lots to do during the day

There are so many things to do in and around Inverness during the day that you will not be bored during your stay here.

Inverness Castle | Things to do in Inverness City | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness
Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scotland

For places to visit in Inverness city centre, I would highly recommend a visit to Inverness Castle. The red sandstone fortification sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness. Although the Castle is used as a Court house and there is no public access into the castle, visitors can purchase a ticket to access the viewpoint at the Castle Tower. The Castle Tower offer 360° degree views over the city of Inverness and the Scottish Highlands.

For more recommended activities to do on your visit to Inverness City, the Complete Guide to the Capital of the Highlands offers 11 suggestions for you to experience in the city itself and further activities that you could do around Inverness. Includes day trip options as well.

Attractions conveniently located within the Top 5 hotels in Inverness city centre

Just so you know, all of the hotels listed below, Top 5 hotels in Inverness City are conveniently located to the following popular attractions:

  • Inverness Castle 0.3 miles
  • Caledonian Canal 0.4 miles
  • Inverness Floral Hall 0.9 miles
  • James Pringle Weavers 1.2 miles
  • Culloden Battelfield 4.8 miles

Do a value for money, small group one day guided tour of Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns


4 | Major transport hub | Air, Train and Road

Furthermore, accessibility to public transportation such as Inverness train station and the bus/coach station is convenient and located only within minutes of any the following centrally located hotels.



Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City centre

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As you may know, my go-to place for booking accommodations is Booking dot com. Booking offers vast choices in accommodation style such as hotels, hostels and aparthotels to suit varying budgets. In addition Booking offers a choice of cancellation policies and depending on the properties you select, you could either pay in full upfront or pay later.

Here are the selected 5 hotels which I know is a great place to stay:

1 | Ness Walk | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre

Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre
Ness Walk, Inverness

Ness Walk is located in a beautiful setting along River Ness and is rated as superb with friendly staff and world-class service by customers. Within steps, you would be walking along River Ness and enjoy a stroll to Ness Island, watch the sunset over the city of Inverness or the adventure in you may lead you along the Caledonian Canal which is a stone’s throw away. Whatever you choose to do during your stay at Ness Walk, you are assured of a celebrity treatment.

The accommodation comes with free WiFi, continental breakfast daily and attractions within minutes of the property.

Peruse and book your stay at Ness Walk, Inverness


2 | Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Restaurant

Rocpool is a luxurious boutique hotel, bar and restaurant located in the heart of Inverness and offers nothing short of a world-class service.

This 5-star hotel, Rocpool Reserve boast numerous awards, including Conde Nest Johansens Most Excellent UK City Hotel 2008 and 2010.

Peruse and book your stay at Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Restaurant


Though not 5-star rated, the following three hotels provide good comfort, style and friendly service.


3 | Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre

Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre | Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa | © mytimelessfootsteps.com | georgina_daniel

Located along the banks of River Ness, Inverness Palace Hotel offer direct views of Inverness Castle which looks glorious at sundown. The hotel offers swimming pool, leisure club, spa and free WiFi. Riverside restaurants and bars are within steps of the hotel. Train and coach stations are about 10 minutes walk – you need to take the bridge across River Ness.

Address: 8 Ness Walk, Inverness

Peruse and book your stay at Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa

4 | The Royal Highland Hotel Inverness |Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre

The Royal Highland Hotel | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre
The Royal Highland Hotel, Est 1856 | © mytimelessfootsteps.com | georgina_daniel

Literally just about 10 steps from the entrance/exit of Inverness train station is the The Royal Highland. One of the oldest in Scotland, The Royal Highland has been around for 160 years.

Grand staircase at the The Royal Highland Inverness | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre
Grand staircase at The Royal Highland Inverness

Boasting a grand staircase that was an inspiration for the very same in the movie “Titanic”, the decor is traditional, rich and warm. Dining here is an experience in itself – Ash is contemporarily styled and serves an à la carte menu. Food is sourced locally – fish comes from nearby lochs and rivers. Ash Restaurant is one of the best drinking and dining venues in Inverness.

Peruse and book your stay at The Royal Highland Inverness

5 | Mercure Inverness Hotel

Located at just 200 metres from Inverness train station, Mercure Inverness Hotel is best if you have to join guided tours or if you wish to explore surrounding areas by train. Guided tours usually drop you off at about 8 p.m. by which time you may just want to head straight to your hotel.

Mercure Inverness offers breakfast daily and free WiFi.

Peruse and book your stay at Mercure Inverness Hotel


Besides these top 5, there are many more in and around Inverness which you may want to research upon and select to suit.

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Travelling to Inverness City | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre

Inverness is well-served by both train and air along with good ground transportation such as bus/coaches. Roads around Inverness are good, and it was nice to drive around. Just remember that in Scotland as is in the rest of United Kingdom, we have a right-hand drive but drive on the left side of the road.

Train Travel to Inverness City

Train services to Inverness is mainly served by ScotRail trains. There are frequent services from Aberdeen to Inverness (2 hours 12 minutes), Glasgow to Inverness (3 hours 13 minutes), and from Edinburgh to Inverness (3 hours 33 minutes).

If you are travelling from London to Inverness, the journey with no changes of trains takes about 8 hours.

Georgina: I travelled to Inverness recently from London onboard the Azuma – it was a comfortable train ride. Long 8 hours but the comfort of the First Class carriages and the scenic route made the journey pleasant. If you are not driving to Inverness, Scotland, I would recommend a train journey.

Navigate to the 8 Most Scenic Train Journeys and Trainline in UK to learn more about train travelling in the UK. For extraordinary train journeys, take a look at Unique Train Travel Experiences | Britain by Train.


Travel by Air to Inverness

Inverness Airport is located in Dalcross, about 13 kilometres (8.1 miles) northeast of Inverness city. It is an international airport offering a range of flights daily to and from key destinations such as London, Amsterdam and Dublin. The Airport Terminal provides customers with a variety of cafes, restaurants, shops.


By Car

Exploring Inverness and the Scottish Highlands by car is one of the best ways to see and experience the many dramatic vistas of this region. Car tours are specially useful if you have only a few days but you would like to maximise your time and cover lots of areas.


Pro tip

If you are considering travelling by train or by air to Inverness city and would like to explore more of the Scottish Highlands, then you may find the following suggestions helpful:

1 | Hire a car when you arrive in Inverness to explore at your leisure

2 | Book day or multi-day guided tours with reputable sight-seeing providers so your booking is secure, refund is possible if you change your mind and tour guides are local as well as knowledgeable to maximise your experience.

Pro tip 1 | Combine a stay in Inverness and Explore the Scottish Highlands by Car

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Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Highlands, Scotland | © mytimelessfootsteps.com | georgina_daniel

As a gateway to the Scottish Highlands, Inverness allows you to explore more than just the city and its immediate surrounds. It would of course depend very much on your time and what you plan to achieve when visiting Inverness. Taking a road trip to the Scottish Highlands allows you to explore at your leisure. You will experience more of the beautiful scenery and many Scottish heritage, castle ruins and dramatic coastlines. You will navigate through mountainous peaks, shimmering lochs and single track roads with friendly hairy Highland cows beckoning a stop for a photo-shoot. The unbelievable natural beauty will have you planning your next trip in no time.

Road trip to Isle of Skye

Portree | Isle of Skye | Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City
Portree, a pretty harbour town and the capital of Isle of Skye, Highlands, Scotland | © mytimelessfootsteps.com | georgina_daniel

The Isle of Skye is one of the most visited destinations in the Highlands. Skye can be visited from Inverness in one day and the journey is about 3 hours each way. Whilst this is possible, it is a lot of driving. To make the best of your visit to the Isle of Skye, I recommend either one or two overnight stays in Portree, a charming harbour town or any other place you would prefer.

The highlights on this road trip will include Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Skye Bridge, Quiraing, Fairy Pools, Bridal Falls, Kilt Rock The Old Man of Storr, Lochalsh, Portree and so many more depending on how many stops you make.

Suppliers of good value for money combination of an All-in-One

For great value for money holidays to the Scottish Highlands travelling by air or by train, take a look at EasyJet for cheap flights and Travel Supermarket for unbiased information. Select what suits your itinerary and book in advance to avoid disappointment. Always check cancellation policies and fine prints before finalising your booking.

Combine cheap flights with handpicked 3, 4, or 5 star accommodations from self-catering, to boutique with EasyJet Holidays. Add any extras you may need such us car rental, airport transfers.


To save time and money, Travel Supermarket offers unbiased information on all travel products. You can compare prices and book a package holiday by selecting flights, hotels and car hire.


Pro tip 2 | Book day or multi-day trip guided tours

To make the most of your stay in Inverness, and if you do not wish to drive, join a guided tour with a reputable tour provider and let someone else drive you around. You could easily do a day trip from Inverness or a multi-day trip to explore the Highlands Here are a few carefully selected day and multi-day trip guided tours with reputable tour providers.

Peruse the following day trip:


Peruse the following multi-day trip and book early to avoid disappointment:


Trusted partners of mytimelessfootsteps who are suppliers of guided tours and activities are Viator, Get Your Guide and Rabbies. Learn more about our Trusted Partners.


Finally, don’t forget Travel Insurance! Never leave home without it even if you are a domestic traveller. I use World Nomads and I also check Travel Supermarket to compare prices, so I get the best value to suit my travels



My thoughts on Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness city centre

Whether you spend the day hiking, and exploring the wonders of Loch Ness, driving far and discovering the joys of single track roads or guided by knowledgeable locals, you are going to need a good night’s rest! I hope my selection of the top 5 hotels in Inverness will give the comfort and relaxation needed whilst away from home.


Is this post valuable to you in planning your visits to Inverness? If so, please let me know in comments below or or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you. If you have visited Inverness, please share your experiences – you never know who you might inspire.


Have a splendid time exploring Inverness and surrounds

Georgina xx


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