How To Have A ‘Last Christmas’ Inspired Shopping Trip In London
Last Christmas is a new film inspired by Wham! and the 1984 song written, produced and sung by the late George Michael.
It’s a festive rom-com written by Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson that captures the sights and sounds of London at Christmas.
Against a backdrop of baubles, tinsel and fairy lights, the heart-warming love story follows Emilia Clarke as Kate, one of Santa’s elves working in a year-round Christmas shop, and what happens when she meets the seemingly too good to be true Tom, Crazy Rich Asians’ star Henry Golding.
The film is set in London and shows off the city and some of its most iconic sights.
Here’s how to have your own Last Christmas inspired shopping trip in London:
Famous for its shopping, dining and wellness experiences, Regent Street is home to the largest festive lights installation in the capital – The Spirit of Christmas’.
Regent Street celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2019 and is celebrating in style when the lights switch-on on 14 November.
Take in the window displays at Hamley’s, visit the in-store Santa’s Grotto then head to Oxford Street to discover Selfridges and Liberty London, a shopping paradise offering everything from decorations to luxury brands and high-end jewellery.
The seven interconnecting cobbled streets of Seven Dials are home to boutiques, beauty stores and heritage brands with close to 100 fashion and lifestyle stores offering an array of lavish gifts.
This year, Seven Dials is partnering with housing and homelessness charity Shelter, giving Londoners the chance to switch on the new interactive Christmas light installation, simply by making a donation to the charity.
The Christmas light installation will interact with a charity tap donation point to bring the ‘Starry Night’ design to life and drive valuable donations for Shelter by the thousands of shoppers visiting Seven Dials over the festive period.
A charity ‘tap’ point will be located on Earlham Street, where you can tap your bank card to donate £3 directly to Shelter. Upon receiving the donation through the card tap point, stars at each entrance to Seven Dials will twinkle to create a special immersive sequence of lights.
From Thursday 14th November 2019, head to Seven Dials to be part of the switch on moment and experience a memorable evening packed with free festive activities, live music and discounts in local retailers.
Shelter will also be launching an exclusive ‘Boutique by Shelter’ pop-up shop in Seven Dials located at 72 Neal Street, with a full line up of events and activation’s due to take place until early January 2020.
Covent Garden is famous for its heritage brands, beauty boutiques, cobbled streets and 19th-century piazza and market buildings.
London’s central shopping precinct, which houses the year-round Christmas shop where Kate works, is transformed for the season in a flurry of lights and eye-catching window displays from 12 November.
Shop in the shadow of a huge hand-picked Christmas tree, lit by 30,000 bright lights, encounter the giant reindeer sculpture and get cosy under giant mistletoe chandeliers.
There’s late night shopping and carol singing (on selected dates in December) or really embrace the spirit of the Christmas season at one of Petersham Nurseries’ Festive Wreath Making Workshops (selected days in November and December).
With charming Victorian shop-frontages, intimate book shops and small galleries twinkling with festive lights, Kate bumps into Tom for a second time on Cecil Court.
Linking Charing Cross Road and St Martin’s Lane in the heart of Theatreland, browse the quaint shops before taking in a show at one of the capital’s theatres.
Alternatively, take to the ice and skate at Somerset House, where the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is transformed into a wonder sparkling winter refuge.
The Southbank is buzzing with the sights and sounds of the festive season. Take a romantic stroll along the River Thames as the smell of mulled wine fills the air, past cabins selling everything from stocking fillers to festive treats.
Discover the capital’s festive lights from the comfort of the London Eye, fully illuminated for the season, before sampling what the charming Christmas market has to offer.
The 135-metre high giant observation wheel offers spectacular 360-degree views out over the city, where you can spot landmarks including Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard.
Wrap up warm and head north from the station for a picturesque canal-side walk through the artistic neighbourhood of Little Venice.
Continue east to discover the indie boutiques, small restaurants and galleries of Marylebone and find some last-minute festive gifts at Alfie’s Antiques Market, before uncovering the striking frontage of St Mary’s Church – home to the homeless shelter where Tom does volunteer work.
Clarke, appearing in her first role after the epic HBO hit Game of Thrones, plays an aspiring singer and can be seen warming her vocal cords both inside and outside the charismatic Christian church.
Brixton Outdoor Market
Further south is an eclectic hub of vintage shops and restaurants dishing up delicious foods from all over the world.
The Brixton Outdoor Market features several times in Last Christmas and offers ample opportunity to stock-up on stocking-fillers or hunt for festive bargains.
Complete your festive trip with a visit to one of North London’s most iconic buildings, the Victorian masterpiece of engineering that is Alexandra Palace.
Follow Kate and Tom in taking to its ice rink, before heading outside for spectacular panoramic views of the capital.
Even the wobbliest skaters will be ok as year-round lessons are available at the Ally Pally for those wanting to give it a try.
Where’s your favourite place to go for Christmas shopping in London?