London is a magical city all year round. But once the famous Christmas lights go up across the most iconic streets of London starting from early November, you can’t help but be sucked in by the festive cheer. Whether you’re visiting this magnificent city the first or the millionth time, our Christmas Lights Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in London is an opportunity to immerse yourself in that winter wonderland feeling that permeates the cold streets of the Big Smoke.
With Christmas markets, shopping hotspots, concerts and shows, Santa’s grottos, ice skating rinks, and the most magical Winter Wonderland experiences scattered across the city, London is the place to be at Christmas. There’s no chance of running out of things to do. So if you want to soak up the beautiful displays from the comfort of our classic buses, our late-afternoon bus tours can be the perfect way to finish a fantastic day of sightseeing or shopping.
When are the Christmas lights being lit in London?
During November and December, London will dress up for the festive season with Christmas lights going on in some of the most iconic locations. As it’s now tradition, Oxford Street will lead the way with Christmas lights going on in early November with special offers available in nearby stores and bands performing outside various shops. Carnaby Street, Bond Street, St Christopher’s Place, Covent Garden, Regent Street, and Marylebone High Street are amongst the other locations to be beautifully transformed during the winter months.
We all know that London knows how to put on a show, so if you don’t want to miss out, keep an eye out for the dates when lights are being switched on. The Shard and Trafalgar Square are due to add to the sparkle in early December, so if you haven’t seen one before, you’re still in time to go and see the lights being switched on for the first time this year.
Unmissable Christmas light destinations
So if you’re after some Christmas light spotting, here are some of the best destinations for 2018:
- Oxford Street is home to the most dazzling display of Christmas lights – this year you’ll find purple baubles making the city look even more spectacular.
- On Carnaby Street, you will find bright neon lights displaying Freddie Mercury’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics.
- Regent Street displays beautiful angel-like lights, with majestic wings spreading from side to side.
- Bond Street’s Christmas-themed displays and decorations are also unmissable.
Our B Bakery Christmas lights bus tours will take you around all the best spots while you enjoy our exclusive Christmas-themed afternoon tea menu. Last but not least, don’t forget the lights in Covent Garden, where our Brigit’s Bakery is located. From mid-November onwards, the piazza turns into a beautiful Winter Wonderland scene. An absolute must-see.
Christmas-themed window displays
If you’re in London during the festive season, you can’t miss the window display at some of the most renowned stores. Think Harrod’s and Selfridge’s. Their windows are quite a treat to the eye at any time of year. But at Christmas, the decor gets even bigger and better. If you’re in London for a visit in November and December, these are landmarks you just can’t miss. All our Bus Tours pass by Harrods by the way!
Winter Wonderland in London
The festive extravaganza that’s Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland will open its doors to the public on the 22nd of November. And if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Central London, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For a magical winter wonderland family experience, head over to Southwark Park for the Alice-in-Wonderland-themed display. Or book the magically illuminated trail in Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland after sunset. Christmas at Kew Gardens is a must for families, and the Southbank area is also unmissable during the Christmas seasons. With family shows, markets, and twinkling lights, Southbank is the place to be to feel the festive fun.
So what’s the best Christmas Lights Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in London, I hear you ask?
The B Bakery Christmas Lights Afternoon Tea Bus Tour of course!
Do you want to soak up the Christmas atmosphere of a beautifully-decorated London? Let us take care of it all for you. We’ll drive you around the most iconic London landmarks and streets. And you can kick back and see the festive lights from the comfort of one of our beautiful vintage buses. All while you enjoy our time-limited Christmas Afternoon Tea menu.
Between the 17th November and the 31st December 2018, our 17:00 and 17:30 B Bus Tours will take a unique route along Regent’s Street.
Experience the beautiful Christmas Lights Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in London!
The route will remain the same as our other standard tours (see here for a handy map), but once we reach Marble Arch the bus will go down Park Lane and turn onto Brook Street, Hannover Square, around Cavendish Square, Wigmore Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Trafalgar Square (where you’ll find the most impressive Christmas tree in the whole of London), and White Hall. It’s an unmissable experience to see the world-famous lights. Just use our online booking system to choose your date, time, seat, and any specific requirements.
For an extra special treat see the Christmas Lights and Windows whilst enjoying a Gin Afternoon Tea!
Hayman’s Gin bring us our super popular Gin Lover’s Bus Tours. This Christmas we have the additional treat of their Mulled Sloe Gin to add to the selection of Gin Cocktails served on-board! So if you are a in Lover, booking a Gin Lover’s Tour is the ultimate festive celebration for you and friends.
Christmas afternoon tea at the B Bakery in Covent Garden
If you have young children (unfortunately, due to Health and Safety we can’t accommodate children under 5 on our buses), or if you’d rather take a walking tour of the city, why not come and enjoy our Bubbly Christmas afternoon tea menu at Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Garden? Just like our bus tour, the Christmas menu will be available between the 17th November and the 31st December 2018, so don’t miss out. Click here to book your spot and experience Christmas like you haven’t before.
Dietary Options for our Afternoon Tea
We also offer Afternoon Tea for those with specific dietary requirements. Use the links below to see menus for Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal and Gluten-free teas.