2-day Itinerary for the best of Dream City London for Christmas – Day 2

It was a day before the Christmas in London and the festive spirit permeated the air with the decorative Christmas trees, lights and the aroma of the freshly baked cakes everywhere. The weather amazingly turned chilly and misty accompanied by a light drizzle. We were so ensorcelled by the charm of the city that everything suddenly seemed to be poetic.

Buckingham Palace
We took an underground to Greenpark station which opened into the huge green forests of Greenpark. The Greenpark including the gardens of Buckingham Palace is one of the royal parks of London. We walked through the foggy verdurous forests to the Canada Gate that marked the entrance to Greenpark.

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Beyond the Canada Gate is the magnificent Buckingham palace which is the official London residence of the Queen. The Buckingham palace remained closed for winter but we could watch the guard changing ceremony that happens on alternate days in winter.

The place around the palace was jam packed with the tourists arrived to witness the guard changing ceremony. The Changing of the Guard takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The ceremony takes place at around 11.30 am and is a remarkable event to behold.

Victoria Memorial
The Victoria Memorial, a monument to Queen Victoria is located opposite the entrance to Buckingham Palace. The central pylon is of marble on which stands a gilded bronze statue of Winged Victory standing on a globe.

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St. James’s Park
St. James’s Park is oldest of the royal parks and is meticulously maintained to treat visitors for a surreal backdrop. St. James’s Park Lake is a small serene lake which has a Duck Island housing the oldest and popular residents of the park, the pelicans. We enjoyed rambling through the park alongside the lake, watching the waterfowl few of which shared a walk with us and posed for pictures.

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Big Ben and Westminster
We headed towards the south of the St. James’s Park and crossed the main road to the stunning views of the Big Ben. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock tower at the north end of the Westminster Palace or the House of the parliament. Westminster Abbey is a large gothic abbey church with more than 1000 years of history is located to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

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London Eye
Hop onto the glass capsules of giant Ferris wheel for an amazing 30-minute ride which rewards with the panoramic view over the London city including the major landmarks like Buckingham palace, Westminster and St. Paul cathedral.

Trafalgar Square
The Trafalgar Square is around 10 minutes walk from the Westminster abbey. We walked through the parliament street and the Whitehall, which has several government buildings. Whitehall also has a number of memorial statues and monuments including the Britain’s primary war memorial ‘The Cenotaph’, Women of World War II among others.

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Trafalgar Square is a public square used for community gatherings and commemorates the victory of ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ fought with France and Spain. The square houses the National Gallery and the Nelson’s Column with the statue of Horatio Nelson who commanded the British Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar atop.

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There are a lot of good restaurants around the Trafalgar Square where we decided to take a break and have our lunch. After some heavy delicious meal, we continued walking towards Piccadilly Circus to explore the shopping spree of the dream city.

Madame Tussauds
After lunch, you can directly head to the wax museum of Madame Tussauds to take pictures with your favorite celebrities and skip visiting Winter Wonderland. You may also need to skip a visit to the Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus as the shops generally close by 6 in the evening. We chose to skipΒ Madame Tussauds.

Shopping at Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus
Piccadilly circus is popular for the huge video display on a corner building opposite to the Piccadilly Circus tube station with several brand shops. Oxford circus is believed to be the Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors. After spending ample time taking in the hustle-bustle of the city, we moved on to complete our tour circuit at Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland
We took a train to Hyde Park that hosted a wonderful Christmas market in Winter Wonderland. The Winter Wonderland hosts a variety of entertainment activities like ice skating rink, carousel, Chocolate and Sweet stalls and games. We spent time in the Winter Wonderland until late evening enjoying the Christmas lights and fun.

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London literally shuts down everything on 25th to keep alive the festive spirit and to encourage folks to spend a day with family and friends. And we kept this traditional alive by spending some quality fun time with our cousins based out of London.

We had already covered the major attractions of London on day1 and hence day2 turned out to be a relaxed day with shopping and visiting Christmas markets. Read the day 1 of the itinerary for the best of London here.

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25 Comment

  1. Gotta love London! Hahaha also took a picture next to the same telephone cabin as you.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thats so cool. Those Red Phone booths have become symbolic of London, how could we miss it πŸ˜‰

  2. There are so many great things to see and do in London. I recommend going to London Dungeons too it is a lot of fun xx

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Ana there is so much more to do in London. As we had only 2 days we had to pick the best. Dungeon we had to skip as we had year old kiddo with us. Maybe next time πŸ™‚

  3. Great post. I plan on making a trip sometime this year to London. Thanks a ton for sharing. Looking forward to more of your adventures. πŸ˜‰

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Celeste. Thats great to know you will be visiting London soon. Its a wonderful city and we are sure you gonna have a great time. Happy Travelling!

  4. I LOVE London and I’ve been several times! Winter Wonderland is an amazing event full of beautiful decorations and the amazing Christmas spirit.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True London is a wonderful city and winter wonderland is full of fun and festive spirit.

  5. Joe says: Reply

    Great that you timed your visit so that you could go to Winter Wonderland! I’m lucky enough to live in London, and never get bored of reading about it or seeing photos of it – it’s undeniably a great city πŸ™‚

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yeah good that we could visit London during Christmas and visit those magical Christmas markets. They are beautiful.

  6. Lily says: Reply

    I’ve been to London several times and it was always cloudy or raining, just like how it was in your photos ; )
    I love Christmas markets and have never been to their Winter Wonderland, will put that on my list!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes it was raining for some time on Day 2 but good we choose to visit the gardens which looked more beautiful in rains πŸ™‚ And yes Christmas markets are our favorites too and Winter Wonderland was just awesome.

  7. I only visited London once, for a week, and the TOP place I really enjoyed is a huge, food market in Camden Town πŸ™‚ These tips are definitely super useful for all first-time London travelers. πŸ™‚

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Nika. There can never be an exhaustive list for visiting London πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Sharon Lin says: Reply

    Sounds pretty incredible! I’ve always loved traditional European fare – great photos!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Sharon for stopping by.

  9. London seems like a lovely destination for Christmas! I adore your description of the foggy forests near Buckingham, and that photograph near the telephone booth in front of Big Ben is so cool! My favorite suggestion of yours has got to be that Winter Wonderland. What a dream!

  10. This post brings back so many memories of my trip to London. It is such a great city! We’ve never been in winter though, so the Winter Wonderland and Christmas markets sound really cool.

  11. I have relatives in the UK (near Manchester) so have visited London a few times. I have never been at Christmas though or anytime in their winter for that matter. I might be tempted if they promised to put on a white Christmas though as that is something I have always wanted to see. My kids loved the London eye when we were there last

  12. I love London! I lived in the UK for almost 2 years and think of London as my second home. I love all the highlights you have mentioned! Buckingham Palace is a wonderful place to go and I love Trafalgar Square as the Canadian High Commission is right beside it!

  13. Kassie says: Reply

    I love London so much! I’ve only gotten to spend a few weekends in the city so I still have so much to explore. That winter wonderland attraction sounds amazing! Christmas Markets in Europe are so lovely.

  14. Gina says: Reply

    How charming to have been in London around Christmas time. The first place on my list would have definitely been the Winter Wonderland. I really loved your photo with Big Ben and I’m inspired to take a selfie like that!

  15. London is great – and must be magical at Xmas time with the Winter Wonderland and all the Christmas Lights throughout town! I think you definitely managed to hit all the main tourist sites – so it would have been a fun and jam-packed day!

  16. The Christmas market looks so festive! My favorite “tourist attraction” in London is the Tower of London. I loved taking the ferry along the Thames and seeing the sights that way. Would love to go to London for Christmas sometime. πŸ™‚

  17. LC says: Reply

    I spent the last two Christmases in London… it’s a jolly good place for it! Love the markets along Southbank and the mulled wine, yum yum.

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