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Things to do in London at Christmas - Our Favourite Festive Outings

The team have collated their top things to do and places to visit in London this festive season. From walks around London exploring the Christmas lights, to cosy cocktails and extensive architectural gingerbread houses, there is something for everyone.

Christmas at Kew


If you enjoy Christmas light displays, this one's for you!

Starting off with one that is great for the whole family, the Christmas lights trail at Kew Gardens. The Christmas lights trail is a spectacular event, with twinkling tunnels of light, trees drenched in jewel-like bulbs and sweet treats, to spiced winter warmers for everyone to enjoy. The light trail runs until the 8th of January and tickets can be purchased from the, visit the Kew Gardens website.

A Gingerbread City

The next spot for a little festivity is The Museum of Architecture’s The Gingerbread City® located at 6-7 Motcomb Street in Belgravia. This is the gingerbread house of all gingerbread houses. The Gingerbread City® puts an exciting twist on the traditional gingerbread house.


Over 100 leading architects, landscape architects, engineers and designers use their building expertise and baking skills to create gingerbread-based urban landscapes that suggest a new ‘normal’ in our post- Covid world where life is less stressful, more convenient, and sustainable. Tickets can be purchased from their website.

The Little Scarlet Door

The next spot is a decadently decorated cocktail bar is Soho, for the more adult affairs and Christmas shindigs. The Little Scarlet Door is nestled away amongst the hustle and bustle of Soho’s Greek Street and is the perfect spot to host a Christmas friends get together or a funky work party. The NYC inspired decoration is a must see for all design fiends like us!


Winter Lights

The Winter Light exhibition illuminates the South Bank full of bright colours and bold patterns. This light display is an open air, free exhibition with electric lightworks from a number of talented artists from around the world. This is one you do not want to miss out on this festive season!


Carnaby Street

London is a twinkling wonderland at Christmas. From the classic angels that beam over Regent’s Street, to the snazzy themed displays over Carnaby Street, the light displays in London are a must do this festive period.


Carnaby Streets iconic themed light displays are a festive tradition. This year the spectacular display’s theme is ‘Carnaby Celebrates’. The street and surrounding areas have been lined with historic installations across 14 different themes that bring back moments from Carnaby’s past. From neon lyrics from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, glittering Rolling Stones tongues, a giant snowman, colourful palm trees from Carnaby Carnival, and underwater scenes from our personal favourite Under the Sea.

They have also partnered with the charity Choose Love who work incredibly hard year after year to raise funds and much-needed amenities for refugees and displaced people across the globe. Therefore, this beautiful light display is titled ‘Carnaby Welcomes the World’.

ASJ Design wish you a very Merry Christmas!

The team at ASJ Design hope you explore some of these during the festive period to get your full measure of Christmas spirit. These places are our favourites; but you can share yours with us over on our Instagram!

We can’t get enough of the Christmas lights and brightly coloured décor, so we had to join in too! Take a look at our DIY Christmas decoration ideas and discover the real reason why we love a wonky Christmas tree.


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