Oh Paul, what can I say other than you have to go here. Forget starbucks, it is crap! Nothing is fresh or well made and it is way too overpriced for it to be worth it. Paul is a bakery and patisserie, if the smell of fresh baked goods doesn’t get you in the door you must have a cold!Everything on the menu looks amazing, their pastry is delicious and their coffee is excellent, doesn’t taste bitter or over filtered, they have actual proper baristas. I definitely recommend here for breakfast you can eat in or take away so if you wanted you could to go to St. James Park and have a stroll. Paul also opens early, 7am on Monday – Saturdays and 8am on Sundays, so perfect for people who like to get up and go.
They are all over the city so you are sure to find one close to your hotel or work place. Definitely go find one and have a coffee and a delicious pain au chocolat.
Some of my favourite things to do at christmas time is to see the christmas decorations in London. Me and my family go to London just before christmas to shop and to eat and to get all of our christmas treats, more on this later.
I love the way London decorates it’s streets, they are usually different for each of the big shopping areas in central London.
The main areas I love are Eros in Piccadilly, they usually dress up the statue to look all festive, my favourite was last years Eros snow globe with billowing snow inside. It was so magical!
Oxford street is such a long shopping street and they always decorate the whole way down be mindful this street gets crazy busy during this time! Maybe do all your shopping on a weekday when it is a little quieter as weekends in London are extremely crowded!
Bond Street is a very affluent street of London, with high end jewellery and clothing brands, you are very likely to see expensive cars and beautiful window displays. The street is always decorated with sparkles and I love walking around this street, it’s often quieter than Regent and Oxford street so it’s a nice detour.
Carnaby Street is one of my favourite spots, with lots of adjoining roads it’s nice to wander up side streets and see what shops and cafes are waiting for you to experience. Last years were my favourite, there were robins decorating the street, the most wonderful winter garden bird.
Covent Garden is a great place to feel christmassy. This is where you can find the huge christmas tree and inventive decorations, this is a great area to shop and have a bite to eat and get into the festive spirit.
These are just some of my favourites but to be honest this year felt more like a good way to advertise than to just look pretty. I have preferred previous years but it is always nice to look at.
Some the window displays during christmas are some of my favourites to go and look at. Fortnum and Mason, this lovely food shop has had some beautiful window creations, one year they had a swan lake window with moving figures and snow. Selfridges also has a great fashion based christmas display. Liberty is a beautiful shop with enticing windows with their products. Harrods has a wonderful festive inside and out and is always done up beautifully.
Christmas in London is always pretty magical, there is a buzz in the city and although there are people everywhere, it’s a lovely place to go with friends or family and get into the christmas spirit.
Merry Christmas and Happy Travels!
These next few images are from this year
The christmas tree in Covent Garden
This image is from 2013 My favourite decorations because of the robin!