1. Admire the Christmas Lights
The Regent Street Christmas light switch on happens on Thursday 17th November. After this, you’ll be able to admire the beautiful ‘Spirit of Christmas’ themed light installation which spans all the way from Oxford Circus at one end to Waterloo Place at the other.
2. Go Christmas Shopping on Regent Street Itself
Regent Street is one of London’s most prestigious shopping areas, with many big clothing brands such as Ted Baker, Michael Kors, LEVI’s, GANT, French Connection, Calvin Klein, Barbour, Hollister, Superdry and Uniqlo (to name just a few).
If you’re looking for Christmas gifts I’d recommend Liberty London, where you can pick up a variety of gorgeous cosmetics and perfumes, elegant jewellery and clothing, beautiful smelling candles and fancy chocolates, or of course the famous Hamleys Toy Shop, with 7 stories of fun straight from a child’s imagination.
Whether you’re looking to pick up the perfect gift, or just wanting to treat yourself to a little luxury this Winter, Regent Street has everything you need.
3. Take a detour to Carnaby
Just off of the main road, you will find the group of 13 pedestrian streets which make up Carnaby. Carnaby is filled with major clothing and cosmetic brands as well as independent fashion boutiques, plenty of restaurants and cafes, and a few small English pubs perfect for an afternoon pint.
Carnaby is always a beautiful place to visit at Christmas, with this year’s Christmas lights theme tying in with the V&A museums new exhibition, ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’.
4. Grab some Dinner
Regent Street itself has some beautiful restaurants and cafes such as Hawksmore, which specialises in seafood, and the luxurious Caffe Concerto. However, if you’re looking for something a little less crowded and probably a lot cheaper, try heading down one of the side streets.
Within Carnaby you’ll find Kingly Court with its cosy central courtyard. Here you have restaurants such as Pizza Pilgrims, the Rum Kitchen and Dirty Bones.
On Beak St there’s Flat Iron steakhouse, whilst on Ganton St you’ll find The Diner, serving American comfort food, and Mother Mash, with delicious British classic Pie and Mash.
5. Have Drinks at the Icebar
Icebar London is located on Heddon Street and is a unique drinking experience where the walls, bar, tables and even cups are all made of crystal clear ice from Northern Sweden.
Each year the bar is completely transformed by a team of highly skilled ice designers and sculptors. This years theme is Wild in the City, with animal sculptures, such as this beautiful gorilla below, sprinkled in with carvings of London landmarks such as the London Eye, St Pauls and even a classic red telephone box.
Drinks are served in square ice glasses which you’ll definitely need your gloves on to hold (don’t worry these are supplied along with a thermal poncho).
There is a selection of themed cocktails such as ‘Born to be Wild’ (vodka, passoa, passion fruit, lychee and lemon), Go Hippo or Go Home (gin, raspberry, pineapple, lemon and vanilla) or King of the Jungle (champagne, vodka and strawberry).
Your first cocktail comes free with entry, however, after this you pay £6.90 per refill.
You are given a 45 minutes slot in which to enjoy the bar – trust me you don’t need any longer in -5 degrees c!
After your slot in the Icebar is over you can thaw off in the warm bar with some more drinks. The warm bar’s menu is different from the Icebar, serving wine and beer as well as plenty more cocktails.
My favourite was definitely the Crumble (Vanilla Vodka, Vanilla Syrup, Apple Juice, Blackberry, Cinnamon Powder). A good choice for those with a sweet tooth as it tastes just like the desert!
There is also a warm cocktail option called the Rum Blazer (Rum, Crème de Framboise Liqueur, Grenadine Syrup, Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Cinnamon Powder) for those still struggling warm themselves up.