Last weekend I took to the streets of London to capture some Christmas cheer and to get into a festive mood. It worked. One of the items on my London bucket list was a concert in St Martin in the Fields, a church at Trafalgar Square. A friend and I went to a Christmas concert with audience carols. Singing along wasn’t really optional. It was beautiful.
St Martin in the Fields is right next to Trafalgar Square:
Also in Trafalgar Square is the 20 meter high Christmas tree that is given to London every year since 1947 by the city of Oslo in Norway in gratitude to British support to Norway during World War II.
During the walk around the City of London, also known as the Square Mile, I learned that apparently only one street in the Square Mile is allowed to have Christmas lights. This, of course, is very different from all the lights you see on Oxford Street and Regent’s Street.
As always, Leadenhall Market was very pretty with its Christmas tree in the center. Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest markets in London and dates back to the 14th century. You could just about imagine Charles Dickens walking through here and I thinking what a nice place to use in a novel.
And even the Bank of England – despite the gloom in the economy – is showing some Christmas cheer. Not sure though if the size of the Christmas tree is determined by the current state of the economy.