There’s nothing quite like London at Christmas and hotels, shops and restaurants are upping their game even more with Instagrammable facades, decorations and Christmas trees. As part of this month’s Christmas themed travel link up I thought I’d tell you about a few places I’ve visited recently that gave me festive vibes.
1. The Connaught
One of my favourite luxury London hotels, The Connaught is even more beautiful at Christmas. There’s always a huge tree on Carlos Place outside the hotel and this year its been designed by influential conceptual artists: Sir Michael Craig-Martin CB. As well as golden decorations adorning the foyer.
If you’re looking for a perfect Christmas Afternoon tea, I highly recommend the one served in the hotel’s restaurant Jean-Georges at The Connaught. Emma, Binny and I sampled the festive-themed tea one afternoon and we were incredibly impressed, especially by the gingerbread man chocolate fondue.
2. The Brasserie of Light in Selfridges
With it’s gorgeous decor and prime position in one of London’s top department stores, a visit to the Brasserie of Light will definitely have you feeling festive. The 24ft crystal-encrusted statue of Pegasus is actually Damien Hirst’s largest artwork in London and the shimmering statue is an utterly stunning sight to see.
The space has a totally Instagrammable interior and the loos must be up there with some of the prettiest in London!
Food-wise you can expect British and International dining and a similar menu to fellow Caprice holdings restaurant, The Ivy.
3. Aqua Shard
There’s no where in London quite like Aqua Shard. Located in London’s tallest building this glass-walled restaurant has panoramic view across the city. Aqua always impresses with their Christmas tree and this year is no different.
Snowscape at Aqua Shard is designed by Bompass and Parr and inspired by an ornamental snow globe including swirling snow inside. Go and take a look and while you’re at sample the festive lunch menu.
If you’re looking for something a little extra you really can’t go wrong with sketch. Always beautifully dressed inside and out, the Mayfair restaurant really goes all out for Christmas.
The restaurant is a multi-functional space and immersive art exhibition so you enter through a beautifully decked out grotto and there are festive surprises in every room.
But the absolute best thing about the Christmas decorations at sketch is the famous loos! The egg shaped toilet are decked out as Christmas presents with shiny wrapping paper and a bow on top. Honestly, it’s well worth checking out sketch just for the loos! It’s rare I mention toilets twice in a blog post, so you know they’re good!
5. The Dorchester
You can seriously count on The Dorchester for festive fun every year and in 2018 , the hotel is celebrating the new Mary Poppins film with carousel horses outside.
Step into the hotel’s cosy interior and there’s a festive tea on offer as well as other seasonal menus.