You know Christmas is coming when Oxford Street is transformed by sparkly, glowing lights. Last year, the shopping hub was home to 1,778 decorations (and 750,000 LED lightbulbs) inspired by falling snowflakes. The switch on usually attracts over one million Christmas-lovers and the odd famous face.
The oh-so-fashionable Carnaby Street typically blasts on their ostentatious Christmas lights with one of its famous shopping parties. Carnaby's Christmas decorations are usually among the most distinctive in town; 2017’s were carnival themed.
Covent Garden’s cobbled piazza and market buildings are especially irresistible at Christmas. There was a mistletoe theme in 2017, with over 40 mistletoe chandeliers hanging over the area's streets and in the pretty market buildings.
Kew's incredible gardens got another magificent seasonal makeover in 2017. A mile-long, twinkling trail led visitors past singing trees, a flickering Fire Garden, kaleidoscopic projections and giant flora-inspired lights.
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Still London’s most glamorous Moroccan restaurant, Momo attracts a fair smattering of beautiful people alongside couples on special dates, hen parties and business types. The soundtrack of classic Maghrebi beats and attractive young francophone waiting staff create a seductive buzz. Sexy Marrakech-style interiors, sparkling with light from intricately latticed mashrabiya-style windows and ornate metalwork lanterns, add to the allure. Tables are small and tightly packed, but somehow this rarely seems an imposition. Enjoy deliciously light, carefully crafted starters such as juicy prawns wrapped in crispy shredded kataifi pastry with a sour-sweet mango and tomato salsa, or scrumptious pan-fried scallops with a piquant salsa verde, before moving on to Moroccan classics such as lamb tagine with pears and prunes. But the main attraction has to be the near-perfect couscous: silky fine grains served with vegetables in a light cumin-scented broth, with tender, juicy chicken, plump golden raisins, chickpeas and harissa – all served separately so you can mix them as you please. Such delights coupled with a pricey wine list result in a hefty bill, so Momo needs to iron out the galling little niggles such as the shabby dark toilets and the occasionally inattentive service.
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