There are just some things you have to experience over Christmas in London. Sure, they may be somewhat overpriced and full of slow-moving crowds, but sometimes you just have to forget the sensible mindset you have all year round and absorb the spirit of the season. I had never been to Winter Wonderland in previous years, put off after hearing that you had to pay to get in and things were still ridiculously expensive on top but luckily that's not the case. You can still partake in the atmosphere without spending a huge amount of money, maybe have a cup of mulled wine here and there before finding something more substantial to eat further afield (I recommend Meat Liquor of course). A German-style market in the capital is never going to be quite the same as experiencing one in Berlin or Frankfurt no matter how hard it tries, but there's something about the bright lights and kitsch rides that never fails to excite me and my trusty camera. I've been there twice in the past few weeks, first with friends for an after-work drink on the revolving carousel (strangely relaxing) and yesterday with my Mum and sister for a whistlestop tour before dark.
For some reason I hadn't been to Hyde Park since all of the sunny Olympic festivities and it was somewhat surreal to see it transformed again into a wannabe Christmas theme park. The weather was damp and dreary in comparison so luckily our choice to go on the Giant Wheel was a sensible one and a novel way to get away from the crowds. Since the park is so spacious, it's easy to forget that you're in the centre of London and the view was a helpful reminder of what the city has to offer.
Thanks to Sherin at Greenlight (congrats on the new job) and BGO for the Giant Wheel tickets. They were much appreciated by us all and I'm now humming Christmas songs on repeat.
So firstly, I'd like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas! I've taken the plunge and booked two whole weeks holiday, which is scarily the longest amount of time I've had off since July 2011. Oh the joys of work! I'm hoping to sort out some things behind the scenes, watch some cheesy films the whole way through (Elf is in this category) and eat ridiculous amounts of the delicious stuffing my Mum makes. Once a year is not enough! What are your plans for the festive season?
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