The Art of Festivities
Celebrate the most magical time of the year as London Christmas lights sparkle over the festive season.Back to Itineries
'Tis the season to be jolly, and London's West End sparkles with a myriad of twinkling stars and dazzling festive lights. Here's our guide to spot London's most eye-catching lights this winter.
The Spirit of Christmas in Piccadilly
Returning to the skies, the iconic 'Winter Spirits' illuminate Piccadilly, Jermyn Street, and Regent Street St. James's. Crafted by James Glancy Design Ltd, these eye-catching lights form a beautiful netted canopy of spirits that soar through the skies of the West End.
Embrace the festive atmosphere by taking a stroll from Piccadilly Circus. Explore the charming streets of Piccadilly lit by London West End, Jermyn Street, St James's Market, and Regent Street, all adorned in glistening lights from St James’s London.
Piccadilly is a must-visit destination this Christmas season, where you’ll find luxurious and unique gifts with a quintessentially British touch. Amidst the festive lights that adorn the streets explore world-famous tailoring brands, Royal Warrant Holders, and exquisite dining venues.
Head to Burlington Arcade, a historic shopping destination dating back to 1819. Explore 51 independent boutiques, each showcasing luxurious items. This charming spot is ideal for finding one-of-a-kind Christmas presents, perfect for gifting.
While you're in the area, visit Fortnum & Mason, a renowned department store near Jermyn Street, St James's. It's home to one of the most iconic dedicated Christmas shops worldwide—a must-see for festive enthusiasts.
Admire the lights and indulge in some delicious food at 45 Jermyn Street which also has the option of outdoor dining if you're willing to brave the winter weather.
For a taste of history and a dash of European flair make your way to Franco's. Speculated to be the oldest Italian restaurant in London, Franco's has been a beloved establishment for over two centuries. With an al fresco dining option marvel at the lights, Franco's is a perfect choice whether you're seeking breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Piccadilly is buzzing with festivities this season. Whether you're a London local or planning a West End visit make sure the 'Winter Spirits' is a stop on your list. Capture the holiday magic with a festive selfie against the perfect backdrop and share it by tagging @london.westend to be in with a chance to be featured on the official social channels for London West End.
The enchanting 'Winter Spirits' have made a comeback in Piccadilly, St James's London, Regent Street St James's, Jermyn St, and St James's Market, marked with a countdown on the Piccadilly Lights brought by St James’s London. Stay in the loop with the latest updates on West End festivities by following @london.westend and @stjameslondon. For winter activity inspiration, explore our Art of London itineraries.
Sparkling Stars in Leicester Square
Leicester Square, London's home of film and entertainment, sparkles with festive lights, illuminating the streets and trees. These lights celebrate the numerous film and entertainment personalities who have graced the area, capturing the glamour of the movie premieres hosted here.
Nestled on the southwest corner of the Square is The Londoner, a contemporary super-boutique hotel with an artistic flair. Step inside and discover a world of food and drink options.
For an intimate neighbourhood bar experience, visit Joshua's Tavern - a cosy bar inspired by the artist and former president of The Royal Academy of Arts, who once lived near Leicester Square and frequented the local watering holes. Treat yourself to their exquisite gin selection.
If you're in the mood for delicious French-Mediterranean flavours, Whitcomb’s is the place to be. Indulge in dishes like pan-fried sea bass with white wine, shallots, and lemon crème, or savour marinated chicken with lemon butter, all in a stunning contemporary setting.
Experience sky-high dining at 8 at The Londoner, a lavish izakaya rooftop bar with a Japanese twist. This unique spot reinvents the charm and casual vibe of Japanese drinking spots, offering a stunning view of London's festive lights from above.
Indulge in Champagne and Caviar at The Londoner's homage to Theatreland, dinning offering at The Stage. This three-act experience offers a Champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, and a Grand Finale with a diverse selection of cheeses, charcuterie, and more. Explore their reserve collection of over 35 Champagne bottles and enjoy a variety of exquisite Champagne cocktails.
St Martin's Lane
In the heart of Theatreland, St Martin’s Lane illuminates with dazzling Christmas lights this November. These festive lights adorn the surroundings of The Duke of York Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre, and Wyndham's Theatre, drawing inspiration from the glitz and glamour of the stage. You can enjoy the enchanting lights until January 2024, making it the perfect spot to capture a festive selfie.
While you're taking a leisurely walk along the lane, make sure to stop by Mr. Fogg's Tavern. It's been beautifully decorated for the holidays and they serve a range of festive drinks to make your stroll even more delightful.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts is a world-renowned art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly, London. For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists and offers a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. Enjoy their expanded campus with free displays, new spots to eat, drink and shop, and much more.
For over 75 years Franco’s has consistently provided a friendly, warm, welcoming sanctuary for everybody living, working and visiting St. James’s and Jermyn Street. The quality of food, hospitality and service has meant that Franco’s has remained a firm favourite with so many who return time and time again.
The Londoner Hotel
The world’s first super-boutique hotel opens its doors. In the heart of the West End, glistening in the corner of Leicester Square, The Londoner has arrived to bring luxury and second-to-none service to the city. 16 floors of luxury and 350 rooms, this urban resort is the perfect place for your next getaway. Breathtaking views, global cuisines, a wellness retreat, ballroom and meeting spaces – this hotel has it all.
8 at The Londoner
Restaurant 8 at The Londoner is a decadent rooftop izakaya lounge that reimagines the informal and traditional Japanese style of dining and drinking. Three stunning spaces set the scene for a sophisticated rooftop experience above the capital’s most iconic neighbourhood.
Whitcomb's at The Londoner
Welcome to Whitcomb’s– an ode to the French Riviera, serving simple yet elegant contemporary French cuisine with Mediterranean influences. A taste of sun and sea complemented by a light colour palette and fashion-inspired décor.