December 3, 2018

London at Christmas: A Guide to SoHo

It’s always tempting to jet off to a European Christmas market when December rolls around, but if you’re looking for something closer to home to save some money, then London is always a good idea. There’s tons to do in London at Christmas, but SoHo seems to have it all.

Full of lights, markets, Christmas trees and mulled wine stalls, December really is a fun time to be in SoHo. I only live 30-minutes by train form London so it’s easy to pop south for the day, but if you’re coming from further afar it could be worth booking a short hotel stay for your visit.

On that note, here are the top things to do in SoHo at Christmas.

Hop on the Underground to Oxford Circus

If you arrive into Euston Station you’re just two stops on the underground from Oxford Circus, making the famous Oxford Street shopping spot a good place to start. Bordering SoHo, Oxford Street is a great place to pick up some Christmas gifts and take in the lights above.

Head into SoHo for a bite to eat

After shopping in the crowds you’ll be in need of a refuel, and SoHo is a great place to find a cosy spot away from the hustle and bustle. We opted for lunch at Chipotle on Wardour Street which is an affordable option for those who love Mexican food. Depending on what takes your fancy, there’s an array of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs to choose from.

Wander the streets of SoHo

At Christmas time there’s something to see on almost every corner in SoHo, so it’s easy to lose track of time if you go for a wander. We stumbled upon a Christmas Market on Berwick Street during our visit, one of London’s many Christmas markets. Although this was a one day event, there’s plenty more for you to see in the area.

See a matinee performance at the London Palladium

Depending on how much time you have, stopping by the London Palladium to catch an afternoon performance of the Snow White pantomime could be a great idea for those travelling with children. This is running from 8th December to 13th January. If pantos aren’t your style, maybe the Christmas Spectacular running from 16th to 23rd December is more up your street. Find out more here.

Treat yourself at one of Soho’s bakeries

From Crosstown Doughnuts to The Hummingbird Bakery, SoHo has plenty of sweets treats for those who need an afternoon pick-me-up. We stopped off at Crosstown on Broadwick Street to indulge in their festive Cinnamon Scroll and Cinnamon Sugar doughnuts before heading across to our next stop. (Can you tell we like cinnamon?)

See the lights of Carnaby Street

What’s a visit to London without staring up at the dazzling Carnaby Street display? This year the lights are lyrics from Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to mark the release of the recent movie. These are without a doubt my favourite lights of London!

Get lost in Kingly Court

Just off Carnaby Street you’ll find Kingly Court, which is full of boutique shops, restaurants and strings of Christmas lights. We didn’t stop here for long, but this is another great spot for a bite to eat. It feels like you’re in your own little Christmas wonderland.

Get some Christmas decoration inspo from Liberty London

This is a crazy busy store, but it’s worth climbing to the fourth floor to see the walls lined with Christmas decorations. And of course, you need that obligatory snap of Liberty London in all its majestic British glory.

See the Regent Street lights

Another road full of impressive festive lights bordering SoHo is Regent Street is, which is home to Hamleys toy store. This is as crowded as it gets come December, but still a great way to spend half an hour if you have a few gifts to stock up on.

Enjoy a refreshment (or two) after a long day on your feet

SoHo is full of gorgeous old pubs, such as The Spice of Life on Moor Street. Home to a huge Christmas tree, full of lights and offering an extensive Gin menu, this is the perfect place to end a busy day. Darryl choose a Pinkster gin and I opted for a classic mulled wine to warm up from the drizzly weather outside.

By this point you’ll be ready to head home or back to your accommodation! London is such a fantastic place at Christmas, so if you’re looking for a place to get into the Christmas spirit, consider a trip to SoHo and enjoy some of what we did over the weekend.

Are you heading to London this Christmas? What are you favourite SoHo spots?

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