London’s Christmas lights

Originally premiered on Regent Street in 1954, London’s Christmas lights are a much loved fixture of shoppers, photographers – and bloggers! Oxford Street caught up in 1959, before a hiatus during the 1970’s owing to austerity and power cuts. Today, the lights are LED units, consuming two-thirds the energy of electric bulbs. Here are a few photographs of the highlights in the West End – available for viewing until around 6 January.

You will need the following tickets for this tour:

London Christmas lights experience

Pavilion Road, Chelsea
Harrods goes large with wrap-round Dior
Old Bond Street
Old Bond Street, Elizabeth Frink equestrian statue and Cartier’s flagship.
Old Bond Street, Ralph Lauren store.
Old Bond Street, looking to New Bond Street. (Btw, for the next trivia quiz, there is no Bond Street in the West End!).
The crowns are a thoughtful tribute to the late HRH, Queen Elizabeth II.
Regent Street. ‘The Spirits of Christmas’ echo the original display of angels in 1954.
Lower Regent Street and a vintage Routemaster bus.
Regent Street
Oxford Street and a few of the 5000 LED stars running its length.
New Bond Street

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