Central London in December

187 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type


Date of travel

December, 2023

Product name


Product country


Product city


Travelled with


Reasons for trip


In December we spent a few days in London – the prime reason was to visit a relative who was no longer fit to travel to us for Christmas. While we were there, we explored places which were decked out to encourage shoppers.

We visited Borough Market for the first time. The area, as you can imagine, was bustling with people. The place is easy to find because it is located near to London Bridge railway station in Southwark. The market mainly sells a great variety of artisan foodstuffs. We enjoyed discovering the atmospheric passageways, which date back to 1756, although a market existed in the area since the middle ages. What is surprising is the fact that the market is a registered charity. There are other interesting things to see like Southwark Cathedral, the Clink Museum and unusual shops. We went into a pop-up art gallery, which was totally wierd!

Oxford Street was not that enjoyable. it was overcrowded with shoppers wielding umbrellas to protect themselves from the pouring rain. After dodging all the puddles, we decided to go into Selfridges for a cuppa and a sit down – no chance – queues everywhere. However, we finally found a pleasant restaurant called Caffe Concerto. There was an extensive menu – but most importantly a great selection of cakes!

Trafalgar Square was attractive with the fountains lit up. There was a Willy Wonka sculpture made entirely out of chocolate! There was also a giant menorah lit up for Chanukah – the Jewish festival of lights. Most impressive was the 25 metres high Christmas tree. it is a Norwegian spruce, a gift from the people of Norway to London, in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II. In the centre of the square was a Crib, and each day from December 11th there is Carol singing in aid of charities led by the choir of St Martins in the Fields church, which is nearby.

I am in two minds about visiting London in December again though. It was far too crowded for me -hobbling around on my stick! Queues everywhere and standing room only on the tube trains. When we first arrived at Euston Station we entered a lift packed with passengers and their luggage.After a minute the lift broke down and the “don’t panic” announcement sounded from the speaker. No help came. Eventually one of the passengers prised the doors open and we escaped. Of course, we then had to climb up the stairs with our luggage. On some underground stations there was no lift – just the escalators. At St Pancras – no lift working – and we had to negotiate walking down a broken escalator. Not fun! One gentleman had two enormous suitcases. Even for an able-bodied person it would be a challenge.

We will definitely be staying in London again in 2024, there is so much to see and discover. We will return – but not in December!


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.