Photo Credit : Visit London
It’s become a bit of a tradition over the last few years, that me and my boyfriend make a trip to London for some Christmas shopping. I’d only ever been to London before for work, so I’d never really had much shopping time. So it’s nice to go when I have no other commitments. Although we only go for a day, we still always have lots of fun and manage to cram as much shopping in as possible.
We flew to London Gatwick from Malta with Air Malta, then took the Gatwick Express to Victoria and jumped in a cab to our hotel – Hilton London Kensington. The gatwick express takes about 30 mins, and then it was about 10/15 minutes in a Taxi to our hotel. There’s other routes and ways but this was the most convenient for us.
Every year we go, we always stay at the Hilton London Kensington because of the location. It’s 10 minutes on the tube to Oxford Street and Westfield is at your doorstep. When I go to London shopping, I only really go to those 2 places, so this hotel is the best for me. Here’s some pictures of our room and view:
The hotel is modern and clean, they were very accommodating and let us into our room before check-in. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to check out any of the amenities which include a fitness centre and sauna, however we did stop for a drink in the bar.
After dropping our bags off, we jumped on the tube and headed to Bond Street station to go to Selfridges, in fact we spent so much time in Selfridges we didn’t have time for much else that day. I do have to say though, for the Friday before Christmas, London wasn’t as busy as I had been expecting. The queues were short and we didn’t have much problem browsing. After we’d been in Selfridges for about 4 hours, we headed back along to Westfield, however by this time we were too tired for anymore shopping (we’d been awake since 4am to catch our flight). So we met my friend Freya at Byron in Westfield and caught up on the gossip over burgers and onion rings.
The next day after a much needed sleep, we headed back to Westfield again, this time to actually do some shopping before catching our train. I must admit, I do love Westfield. They have so many shops to choose from, you can basically find everything you need here. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you go. You can literally spend the whole day and night here.
After picking up some Christmas presents, we headed to Euston for our train up to Glasgow. Our yearly trip to London for Christmas shopping is something I really look forward to, if you’ve ever thought about doing the same, i’d say – go for it.
Do you have a shopping break before Christmas? Where do you go?