Ever since I wrote about the amazing ice skating options in London, I’ve been wanting to visit Skate at Somerset House to take in the festive scenery. Friday night, warm and mild, and before the mad rush of the last weekend before Christmas, proved the perfect evening for a London stroll.
I had only planned to go as far as Somerset House, take a few photographs and start making my way home, but before long, captivated by the festive magic in the air, my feet took me down to Charing Cross where I book-browsed at Waterstones (More on this later) before passing through Trafalgar Square and ending up in Leicester Square – where lo and behold there were more festive sights to behold in the shape of a Christmas market.
Following the smell of French hot dogs and molten raclette, I passed by the stalls selling all things light and shiny from candle holders to hypnotic and psychedelic wind chimes made of stainless steel.
Finally feet wary of a two-hour walk and head dizzy with hunger I barely made it to Babaji Istanbul Pide Salonu for a quick take away before the fairly long journey home, but not before snapping a few sneaky pictures of a flirty couple in Soho. For me they were the embodiment of that festive feel-good vibe.
I got in around 10.30pm, satisfied with a great evening of sightseeing and a camera roll full of some great images. More to come soon!