The Somerset House
The Somerset House was the most iconic Christmas scene in London this year. Absolutely beautiful. I think a good working hypothesis is that during Christmas, London has more Christmas trees per square metre than any other city in the world. Banks, shopping centers, grocery stores, drug stores, and most public buildings have Christmas trees. But of all these, the Somerset House’s tree was the best. The most interesting and creative trees I saw this year were hung upside down outside the Axis Restaurant. And even Jack Daniels put up a tree in Covent Garden.
Earlier in the month, a friend and I ventured out on a Friday night to the V&A to see the Hollywood costumes and vintage ball gowns. Afterwords, we walked over to Harrod’s, enjoying the Christmas shopping splendor. My girlfriend picked up some Christmas pudding with Brandy Butter to take with her to Hong Kong. I opted for a few DIY luxury hot chocolate sticks from the chocolate counter.
With our Christmas purchases in tow, we headed over to the Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Cafe and Terrace where we ordered up two of England’s classic Christmas drink – mulled wine. Each was served in a cute Santa mug, piping hot, with a cinnamon stick to stir.
These are just some of the sights and sounds of the Christmas season we have seen about London. The season has been spectacular – full of surprises, beauty, new friendships, and new discoveries.
Regent Street and Oxford Street
As for today, we have started the morning off with some Christmas music, breakfast, and mimosas.
To all of our family, friends, and readers around the world, we are wishing you peace, prosperity, health and happiness throughout the new year! Cheers!