5 Places You Can See Christmas Lights In London (And Great Bars To Grab A Drink In Nearby)

Published . By Olivia Cheves.

There’s no denying it, last year’s festive celebrations were a little… lacklustre. But this year? Our city is going all out, with winter pop-ups, themed cocktails galore and, of course, the highly anticipated Crimbo lights coming back to life. The capital really does have the crème de la crème when it comes to those twinkling displays, and we’re here to guide you through the very best. Here are five fabulous spots to see Christmas lights in London, as well as some top tips on where to cuddle up with cosy pints nearby.

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Carnaby Street - The Clachan

Known for pushing some of the most trailblazing looks, from iconic Queen themes to championing environmentalism, the Carnaby Street Christmas lights always take a top spot on the city's festive calendar. Once you're done ogling the sparkly stuff, head around the corner behind Liberty to where the The Clachan pub is waiting to welcome you into their snug space for warming winter drinks and seasonal snacks.

Carnaby Street London Christmas Lights 2021

Carnaby Street is known for its forward-thinking festive displays.

Christmas at Kew - The Coach & Horses

One of the most renowned winter walks in London, this stunning light show never fails to pull in the punters come Christmas time. Celebrate some festive cheer with family and friends along this dazzling trail, complete with sparkling pavilions, glittering tunnels and some of the most Instagrammable trees in the city. If you are in need of a nice mulled wine/mince pie combo, pretty local pub The Coach & Horses is more than equipped to provide both.

Kew Gardens London Christmas Lights Winter Display 2021

Kew are adding more time slots this year so no one has to miss out on the magic.

Covent Garden - The Crusting Pipe

Covent Garden are set to run their famous Christmas lights for 2021, and the news has certainly made our sleigh bells jingle once again. You'll be able to immerse yourself in the yuletide surroundings of the main piazza, complete with the customary ginormous tree, statement statues and quirky festive fixings. Nab a space in the heart of the action and book yourself in for cosy pints and fine wines at The Crusting Pipe, or go the whole hog with a full Christmas dinner. 

Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2021

Catch some of the big and beautiful decorations taking over Covent Garden this year.

Wembley Park - Studio 5ive

Running from the 24th November to 9th January, this free winter light festival is back at its Wembley Park home for another year. For 2021, the park is offering a little extra hope and goodwill to Londoners with its theme, 'United In Light', and the event will showcase the largest LED Christmas tree ever built along with a new digital installation, which will blanket the area. Once you've taken some sparkly snaps, head over to the nearby Studio 5ive, where you can enjoy cocktails, burgers and British plates in a former film studio setting.

Wembley Park Christmas Lights 2021

London's free winter light festival is coming back to Wembley with a message of goodwill to all.

Oxford Circus - Marquis of Granby

And then there's the big one. We're very happy to report that the most iconic of the London Christmas lights will be returning in November 2021. Every year, the twinklers are the talk of the town, glowing bright and beautiful throughout the festive season. And if you're looking for somewhere to warm up after walking the length of the high street? Head over to the Marquis of Granby in Soho for classic pub grub and refreshing pints in a cosy pub setting.

Oxford Street Regent Street Christmas Lights 2020

London's most famous Christmas lights display will be going ahead as planned this year.

Looking for more wonderful winter wanderings? Read our round-up of the best festive pop-ups in London this year.