Christmas is London is a joyous occasion and anyone who has experienced it before will know what is in store. Carol singers fill the streets, whilst festive markets spring up across London attracting tides of crowds in search of mulled wine and food to warm their stomachs. We look at the best locations to have office space in London at Christmas – sharing with you the events and highlights that are not to be missed!
Covent Garden is a magical place to visit during the festive season. Those who have offices in Covent Garden can enjoy trips into the market. The piazza is irresistibly decked with Christmas decorations which can really help to get you in the festive spirit during from November 12th. Take shelter in one of the many bars and restaurants to soak up the atmosphere, alternatively you could brave the cold and enjoy the wonderful street performers in the square. Christmas is the time for eating and drinking, and those with office space in Covent Garden are spoilt for choice. There are numerous places to find hand-crafted gifts for your friends and family, so make the most of it!
Oxford Street Christmas shopping is a ritual a lot of people who live in London. Those who have office space near Oxford Street have an advantage over the rest, as they can pop out during a lunch break and dodge the busiest shopping hours in the evening. Be aware of spending too much however, as Oxford Street provides so much choice, it can be hard to stop shopping! The famous Christmas lights of London gift the area a festive feeling which is unique and memorable. The twinkling atmosphere in and around Oxford Street at Christmas is like no other.
Situated on the south side of the Thames, the Southbank can often get overlooked as great place to be during the festive period. You can enjoy gazing across the river amongst the glowing trees along the Queen’s Walk, and you’d miss a trick if you didn’t visit one of the many riverside restaurants along the way. Most people who work along the Southbank savour their lunchtime strolls in the crisp winter air, and it can really help reduce the stresses of the workplace. If you want a break from all of the tranquility, then head to the Southbank Centre Winter Festival. The festival boosts an array of delicious pop-ups, circus and burlesque entertainment, as well as Swedish style drinking dens.
Whereas those based on the south side of the River Thames can enjoy peaceful bliss, Embankment offers a more bustling atmosphere to enjoy. The Strand at the top of the hill offers a fantastic shopping experience, alongside restaurants and views towards Trafalgar Square. If you have an office in Embankment then you must take advantage of Somerset House, which offers a Christmas Arcade and skating during the festive season.
Mayfair is a special place during the Christmas period. People who work in Mayfair will find themselves surrounded by some of the most high-end jewellery, fashion and independent boutiques in the World. It’s a short walk to the Oxford Street shopping bonanza, but far enough away to avoid the crowds. Treat yourself and head to Fortnum & Mason for afternoon tea, where you can buy exquisite Christmas puddings to enjoy with your family. There is no shortage of pubs, bars and clubs in Mayfair and workers pile in to keep warm and be merry during the festive season.
The cultural pinnacle of West London, Knightsbridge offers so many wonderful things to explore and do around Christmas. If you work in Knightsbridge then take a trip to Harrods and splash out on superb Christmas decorations for your home or office! You certainly won’t be short of gift ideas. Embrace the festive season by heading to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park with your colleagues after work – the beer hall is a great place to spend a Friday evening in December!
From all of us here at FlexiOffices we wish you a Merry Christmas! If you would like further information on these London locations, check out our Area Guide pages, or alternatively you can search for a new London office space.