24 Best Christmas Decorations in London in 2023

Are you wondering where to find the best Christmas decorations and lights in London? London is one of the best places in the world to visit during Christmas time. There are so many festive things to do in London during Christmas. The streets are carefully decorated to make you feel super festive for the holidays. The storefronts such as Cartier, Chanel, and more go all out with amazing Christmas decorations. The streets around Regent St and Bond Street have beautiful lights throughout. I love walking the streets and admiring all the cheer the city brings. Follow along below to find out the top Instagram spots during the Christmas season.

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🎅🎄Top Christmas Themed Tours in London!
1. Christmas Lights Tour by Vintage Bus Open Top
2. Christmas Lights Walking Tour
3. London Vintage Bus Afternoon Tea (Christmas Themed)
4. Christmas Sights and Sounds of London Tour
5. Guided Winter Markets Food Tour

When do the London Christmas Lights Switch on in 2023?

  • Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On: November 2nd 2023
  • Carnaby Street Christmas Lights Switch On: November 8th 2023
  • Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch On: November 9th 2023
  • Covent Garden Christmas Decorations: Projected for November 7th 2023
  • Seven Dials Street Christmas Lights Switch On: November 7th 2023
  • South Bank Christmas Lights Switch On: November 13th 2023
  • Kew Gardens Christmas Lights Switch On: November 15th 2023
  • Mayfair Christmas Lights Switch On: November 16th 2023
  • Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch On: November 18th 2023

How long are Christmas Decorations up in London?

The Christmas lights and decorations are generally turned off in early January, typically on the Twelfth Night. Around January 6th is when all the main lights on Regent Street, etc are switched off. Many stores might take down their Christmas decor as early as Jan 1.

Best Christmas Decorations in London

London has some of the most amazing Christmas Decorations and as a local, I’ve rounded up my favorites.

🎅 Be sure to also read my full post on the most Festive Things to do in London in December

1. Annabel’s

This is my favorite Christmas display in London. Every year this private member’s club puts up a different display & it is pretty impressive. This is definitely one of the most instagrammable locations in London during Christmas. In 2020, the display was a Nutcracker display instead of the usual Christmas Tree. In 2021 it was a Gingerbread House and in 2022 it was a carousel ride. In 2023, the display is a hot air balloon.

📍Location: 46 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AT (Google Maps)

2. Regent Street

All along Regent Street, the busiest street in London, you will find gorgeous Christmas lights – angels and festive cheer are spread throughout. The angels are a repeat every year in London. However, rumor has it that they will change from 2024.

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christmas decorations in london

📍Location: Regent Street (Google Maps)

3. New Bond Street

This is where you will find all the fancy shop storefronts decked out in Christmas spirit including Cartier’s, Tiffany’s, Chanel, and more! Don’t let your wallet get too damaged while you peruse the best Christmas decorations London has to offer. In front of Cartier, you will find Ralphs, a busy coffee shop. Here, you can sit outside with a hot coffee and enjoy the views of the Cartier display.

📍Location: 175-177 New Bond St, London W1S 4RN (Google Maps)

4. Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is London’s oldest department store and is very classic to London. It is a must-stop during the festive period and not just for the pretty facade! Every year they come back with their classic advent calendar on the facade but they update what year it is on the corner.

In 2023, don’t miss the Christmas pudding display inside. It moves up and down within the stairwell of the beautiful store.

You can enjoy afternoon tea, a scotch egg (they invented it apparently), and endless shopping.

📍Location: 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER (Google Maps)

5. Churchill Arms

This pub is famous and always changing its display per the season. In fact, they spend around 25k a year on flowers to cover the exterior of the pub. During Christmas, there are over 90 trees covering this pub! Oh my!

📍Location: London W8 7LN (Google Maps)

6. Claridge’s

Claridge’s is an iconic London hotel and I love passing by to see their Christmas display.

📍Location: Brook Street, London W1K 4HR (Google Maps)

7. Covent Garden

Pictured above are the 2023 Covent Garden Christmas Decorations

Covent Garden is not to be missed during Christmas time with a tree centered amongst the busy square and a cute red sleigh as well as nice lights all around.

In 2023, you’ll find a Sezane Pop Up store with a cute vintage car and presents stacked on top. The normal Christmas tree is present and the covered arcade center is decked with gold bells and red balls.

Pictured above are the 2022 Covent Garden Christmas Decorations

📍Location: Covent Garden (Google Maps)

8. Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is a covered market in East London and was a filming location for Harry Potter! It always has a Christmas Tree in the center of the market and is a great photo spot.

📍Location: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT (Google Maps)

9. The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy is a restaurant in various London locations. This Christmas display at the Chelsea location is spectacular! In 2020, it featured Santa’s office, a Christmas Sleigh, and many fun decorations all along the exterior of the decadent restaurant.

Note: Pictured above is an older display.

📍Location: Various. Chelsea: 195 197 King’s Rd, London SW3 5EQ (Google Maps)

10. Harrods

Harrods is a famous department store in London located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge and is home to luxury products including fashion, home goods, and an enormous food hall. During Christmas time they have a beautiful display with golden Christmas lights and the Harrods sign prominently lit up. You can get some amazing pictures on the street in front. In 2022, the display was dedicated to Christian Dior and was absolutely stunning.

Note: In 2023, there is currently no facade decoration so far. Note: Pictured below is an older display.

📍Location: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL (Google Maps)

11. Neill Strain Floral Couture

Neill Strain is a flower shop in London and always does Christmas well! In 2022, the Belgravia location was decorated all in white giving it a magical fairytale vibe.

Note: Pictured above is an older display.

Check out my Instagram video with even more locations to explore in the Belgravia area for Christmas!

📍Location: Various. Belgravia: 11 W Halkin St, London SW1X 8JL (Google Maps)

12. Peggy Porschen’s Cupcakes

My favorite cupcake shop in London always has a seasonal display that changes each year. They also have the most delicious cakes and they will be decorated for the festive season too!

Note: Pictured above is an older display.

📍Location: Various locations.
Belgravia: 116 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QQ(Google Maps)
Chelsea 219 King’s Rd, London SW3 5EJ (Google Maps)

13. Motcomb Street

Motcomb Street is one of the most festive streets in London without the huge herds of tourists you see on Regent and Oxford Street. There are a few cute displays here including the 2022 Sleigh and Christmas tree. Right across from this, you will find a bench at a hair salon called Errol Douglas.

Note: Pictured above is an older display.

📍Location: 18 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB (Google Maps)

14. Glebe Pl in Chelsea

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Right next to Peggy Porschen in Chelsea, you will find this side street with adorable pink doors and Christmas wreaths. In Chelsea, wander the many streets and you will find pretty wreaths on just about every door!

📍Location: 68 Glebe Pl, London SW3 5JB (Google Maps)

15. The Boltons

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the boltons red bow house london christmas

The Boltons is a very prestigious neighborhood in the district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Wouldnt you love to call this massive mansion your home? The bow is so bright and large and I love the minimal style against the white mansion.

📍Location: 23 The Boltons (Google Maps)

16. Maddox Gallery

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Maddox Gallery is an art gallery and their display during Christmas time is just simply pretty.

Note: Pictured above is an older display.

📍Location: Various locations including Mayfair & Westbourne Grove (Google Maps)

17. Hay’s Galleria

Hay’s Galleria is a shopping area near London Bridge Station on the south bank of the River Thames. It transforms into a Christmas Winter Wonderland featuring a huge Christmas tree and one of the best Christmas Markets in London, Christmas by the River. You can shop at the many Christmas Market stalls for jewelry, accessories, and more. Grab a bratwurst or some churros and then head to one of the cozy Christmas Cabins like Riverside Lodge for some mulled wine and live music.

✨ If you want to do a fun Christmas tour, you can book this Guided Winter Markets Food Tour.

📍Location: 1 Battle Bridge Ln, London SE1 2HD (Google Maps)

18. Koyn

Koyn is a Japanese restaurant in Mayfair and outside of it, you will find the most adorable red car with Christmas presents stuffed inside and a Christmas Tree on top. It is one of the cutest Christmas spots in London! Also, be sure to try out their food as I hear it’s pretty tasty! Above is the 2023 display!

📍Location: 38 Grosvenor St, London W1K 4QA (Google Maps)

19. Egerton House Hotel

The Egerton House Hotel is a 5 star hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge and they have an adorable Christmas display each year. In 2022, it showed a Gingerbread man with a martini glass and tons of ornaments wrapped around the gate.

📍Location: 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX (Google Maps)
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20. Elgin Crescent

The Christmas decorations in Notting Hill are also really great. This house on Elgin Crescent has a really pretty display that’s worth strolling by!

📍Location: Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill (Google Maps)

21. Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street features floating planet lights in 2023. They have a magnificent light switch-on celebration in early November. In 2023, it happened on November 7th. They played music, had fireworks, and confetti was spread through the air. Don’t miss it next year! But for now, visiting the street to see the pretty lights is a must.

22. The Ritz Carlton

The Ritz Carlton is a prestigious hotel located next to Green Park station. Each year they have a beautiful wreath lining the walkway entrance to the hotel. They also have one of the best and most iconic afternoon teas in London.

23. Home House in Portman Sq

Home House is a private members’ club located in Portman Square, London. Portman Square is an elegant garden square in the Marylebone district of London, known for its Georgian architecture and upscale surroundings. Home House is situated in two Grade I listed buildings at 19-20 Portman Square, and it is always decorated beautifully for Christmas. In 2023 (above), you will find a beautiful wreath on the door with garlands surrounding the entrance. This spot is not too crowded with tourists either.

24. Ever After Garden in Grosvenor Square 

Every year during the holiday season, Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair is illuminated with 25,000 white roses. It’s so beautiful to see and fewer people know about this spot.

You’re welcome to honor the memory of a loved one by dedicating a rose while contributing to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Best Hotels to Stay in London to See Christmas Lights

If you want to see the Christmas Lights in London, there are endless opportunities for places to stay. In fact, if you’re near a tube you can get just about anywhere quickly. However, if you want to be where all the action is, I’d recommend staying in Covent Garden, Soho, or Westminster. This will put you right near all the biggest Christmas light displays and attractions. But so that you know, the decor and cheer is spread literally all over London!

Here are my top hotel picks:

Luxury: The Savoy | Claridge’s | Hotel Cafe Royal
Mid-range: The Tower Hotel | The Hoxton | Treehouse | Mamma Shelter
Budget: Hostel One Notting Hill | Wombat’s City Hostel

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