During the festive season the Big Smoke turns from dull skies and industrial skyscrapers into a truly inspirational winter wonderland. There is nowhere in the world that can capture the spirit of Christmas quite like London with its majestic hotels, twinkling fairy lights, cozy pubs spilling over with frothy real ale and warm and welcoming frosted glass windows lining the prestigious avenues of Oxford Street. You can take a spin on the ice in Hyde Park, snuggle up with a horse and carriage ride, eat in style at some of the best Michelin restaurants in the country and catch a show on the bright lights of the West End. Take a look at the dreamiest way to spend a day in London during the festive season.

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Sleep at The Goring

London is lavishly decorated with numerous hotels that hold prestige but the magnificent Goring has been delivering opulent stays for over a century. Quintessentially English with delectable private gardens, hand woven silk adorning the walls and a beautiful Linley designed Dining Room to taste the difference; you can indulge in an incredible stay. Sumptuous suites invite you to snuggle down under cozy Italian sheets and the marble bathrooms are the perfect place to wrap up in Egyptian cotton robes and pamper yourself with Molten Brown products.

Sightseeing or Designer Shopping

Those who need to splash the cash on last minute Christmas presents should head straight for Bond Street to seek out designer goodies at top end prices. Chanel, Versace and scores of designer jewelers all make an appearance here providing a first class experience for savvy shoppers with style. Burlington Arcade is buzzing with cashmere boutiques and then of course you have Carnaby Street for fashionista bliss. Those who feel like skipping the bustle of shopping at Christmas time can visit the wintery splendor of Windsor Castle, ride the London Eye and visit Hyde Park for ice skating and German beer at the rustic seasonal market.

High Tea at The Wellesley

Afternoon tea in London is an institution not to be missed especially when decked in seasonal splendor. The Wellesley offers a truly divine Holiday tea experience in their lavish Jazz Lounge adorned with sparkling mirrors and white linen. Let the connoisseurs of tea lead you through a remarkable journey with some of the best hand-picked selections. Paired with perfect patisserie treats, delicate finger sandwiches and fluffy scones laced with clotted cream and fresh jams you are sure to find a slice of heaven.

Memphis Show on the West End

London’s West End certainly gives Broadway a run for its money and the hottest show in town has to be Memphis. After winning four Tony awards the show exploded onto London’s musical theatre scene and hasn’t faltered when pulling in the crowds. Exploring the underground dance clubs of Memphis in the fifties you can expect lots of laughter, breath-taking choreography and plenty of rock and roll to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Dinner at Galvin La Chapelle

Vaulted ceilings, crisp linens and French cuisine at its very finest pave the way for a pristine dining experience in the heart of London. Impeccable service ensures not a wrinkle can be found with waiters lavishing the best attention on every table. With an incredible vintage wine list the sommelier can present the perfect bottle to suit your palate and the grand opulence is beautifully woven in with an air of cool and casual dining. The menu boasts inspired delights such as Ballotine of foie gras, Tagine of Bresse pigeon and Valrhona chocolate mousse. Effortless service, opulent surroundings and innovative cooking with a high class feel is the very epitome of fine dining in Galvin La Chapelle.