When I was a child, I used to love watching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on television and longed to be in the audience. This week the Teens fulfilled my childhood dream and were in the audience (watch out for them on Boxing Day on BBC 4). Grown ups are not allowed and so I used the time to stroll around looking at the London Christmas Lights.
The Royal Institution is on Albemarle Street which has this magnificent flying carpet of white lights. Despite many many pictures they were all slightly blurry but I really like the reflection of the lights on the car.
Next I wandered over to Bond Street with its splendid peacock feather lights. The shop windows were ablaze with twinkly diamonds, somehow I think that Mr CW might stretch to a string of fairy lights for Christmas but the string of diamonds may stay in the shop window.
Whilst I love window shopping on Bond Street, Regent Street is home to shops where I can actually afford some things. This year shoppers are looked over by these majestic angels.
So far all the lights had been tastefully monochrome. Snicking down an alley off Regent Street and into Carnaby Street everything changed. Carnival has come to Carnaby Street this Christmas. Think coconut palm trees, tropical flowers and parrots, everywhere is a riot of colour.
When the Teens emerged from the lecture they confessed to having had a good time. If you would like your child to be in the audience next year, they need to be a member of the RI in order to enter into the ballot, you can read about membership here.
Have you seen any Christmas Lights this year?
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