Hop on Festive Buses for a London Christmas Lights Tour
In another edition of the Mayor of London’s Lets Do London campaign, five particular routes have been picked out as the ones to board should you want a tour of some of the best light displays in the capital…
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London’s festive light displays are world-class, and now the Mayor of London and Visit London has made it easier for you to view them, and just for the cost of a bus fare.
For a self-guided tour of some of the capital’s best festive light displays, the Mayor of London has highlighted five bus routes that will take you past some of the most festively lit places in London, as well as some of the city’s best festive hotspots, as part of his Let’s Do London Campaign.
Sights and lights include Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.
Buses along these routes have been given an appropriately festive wrap, should you doubt what time of year it is as you gaze out at Christmas decorations, installations, and lights installed in some of London’s bests shops, streets and venues.
Selected 139 buses will receive a full Christmas makeover. Travelers will take in the Selfridges Christmas display one minute, before almost touching the Regent Street angels the next.
It’s not just the 139-bus receiving a festive wrap up, as the Emirates Air Line cable car will greet customers with a Christmas themed terminal building.
Visitors can board the special festively wrapped private cabins and soar above the River Thames to watch the city’s lights gleam from above.
Your tickets will also be giving a gift, thanks to a partnership with the charity Railway Children with a donation made to the charity with every festive cabin experience sold. All passengers will also receive a goody bag.
Read on to find out which are the best routes to take you past some of London’s best Christmas light displays.
1 The 139 – Oxford Street & Covent Garden
The Christmas lights journey begins at Bond Street where you will sail underneath the Oxford Street lights. You’ll continue to Regent Street where the most spectacular and oldest light display in London hangs above you. The bus will continue to near Covent Garden, home to London’s biggest Christmas tree, where you can wander around the famous piazza’s market stalls and stores. Along the journey you can jump off to experience Christmas at Selfridges, or at Hamleys to browse for festive gifts for children or meet Santa himself.
2 The 22 – Kensington & Knightsbridge
Start at Duke of York Square on King’s Road where the lights can also be observed from the comfort of a horse and carriage ride. Then, the bus heads over to Knightsbridge, past Harrods should you want to visit the store’s Christmas World, or get off near Green Park Tube station for Fortnum and Mason. End the trip with all Winter Wonderland has to offer at Hyde Park.
3 The 453 – Regent Street & Trafalgar Square
Begin the festive lights tour at Regent Street stop and sail under the Regent Street lights to marvel at the iconic lights display in London. Shortly after is Trafalgar Square where the traditional Norwegian tree will be spreading festive cheer. For a special Christmas concert, make a short walk over to Westminster Abbey for a magical show. At the final spot on the route, explore the winter market at County Hall for a memorable festive experience. Enroute, you can stop off at at Hamleys and head on over to Carnaby’s Christmas Kaleidoscope light display. This spectacular light display boasting shimmering butterflies is created in collaboration with the Choose Love charity, who raise money for refugees around the globe.
4 The 390 – Coal Drops & Soho
Begin at King’s Cross and enjoy the festive Coal Drops display. Jump back on the bus and head to Soho to enjoy its stunning Christmas lights display, decorated with 21 one of a kind Christmas lights designed by children from the Soho Parish School. Get off the bus and meander on down to Oxford Street and stop in at Selfridges to enjoy the Christmas displays or hop off at the Dorchester Hotel to enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea. Finish your tour with a trip to Hyde Park Corner, and exit for Winter Wonderland, the world’s best destination for winter fun!
5 The 94 – Hyde Park & Oxford Street
Begin your journey at Winter Wonderland, full of festive attractions and winter lights. Jump on the bus and ride to Piccadilly Circus where you can view the breath-taking Christmas lights of Oxford Street. A short journey will then take you over to Regent Street to view the infamous angel lights, ‘The Spirits of Christmas’. You could also walk along Piccadilly to Fortnum and Mason to enjoy a festive snack before strolling down Leicester Square to finish with the Christmas market.
For more information go to visitlondon.com