Christmas in London 2018: 8 Festive Facades & My Renewed Love for London

December 24, 2018


A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE:
This festive season, I give myself 
the gift of a fresh new perspective.

Outside of my seemingly never-ending travels, I am famously reclusive. When I’m not nearly- drowning in Croatian national parks nor braving storms on the Sahara, I’m at home in either Kuala Lumpur or my cozy corner of SW London. Even though I live in a city as dynamic as London, I rarely post about it on Instagram, which many of you have pointed out. Guilty as charge. My only defense is that I take my surroundings for granted, thinking it to be uninteresting to others as it is my everyday life.

As an agnostic of Chinese descent growing up in multi-ethnic Malaysia, I don’t celebrate Christmas in the way that many of my Western friends do. However, this Christmas I’ve decided to gift myself with something that money can’t buy: a renewed and refreshed outlook on the wonderful city I call home. When I’m not languishing in my drawing room (which is being redecorated from now until Spring, hints of which you can see here), I take aimless walks around the city just to appreciate its beauty. In the spirit of this festive season, here are 8 gorgeous scenes in London that have dressed up for Christmas. I hope you find them as invigorating as I did. 




Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored


Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored

Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored

Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored

1.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL
With opulent suites facing Hyde Park, the grand dame of Knightsbridge is one of London’s most luxurious 
addresses. 

2.
COVENT GARDEN MARKET
The Apple Market and East Colonnade Market is a treasure trove of antiques and artisanal goods. 

3.
MOYSES STEVENS
My local luxury florist Moyses Stevens in Chelsea is my go-to for bouquets and all things botanical. Their branch (teehee) in Belgravia is just as lovely, with their halls (and everything else) decked in boughs of holly and other seasonal flora.


4. 
ANNABEL’S, MAYFAIR  
London’s legendary nightclub may be member’s only, but that doesn’t stop the other 90% from flocking to see its wonderfully over-the-top festive facade



Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored

5.
PEGGY PORSCHEN, BELGRAVIA
As famous for their cakes as they are for the bakery’s floral-covered pink facade. 

6. 
THE IVY CHELSEA GARDEN, CHELSEA
My local (and my favourite) outpost of the The Ivy have transformed their entrance into a veritable gingerbread house baubles, lollies, and candy canes (sadly, not edible).

7. 
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, 
SOUTH KENSINGTON
You know winter is coming when the carousel and skating rink makes its annual appearance outside the Natural History Museum. Now if only Dippy would make a comeback, it would be a Christmas miracle.

8.
THE CHURCHILL ARMS, KENSINGTON
The Churchill Arms is famous for 3 things: the Churchills’ patronage (hence their name), their banging Thai food, and their floral-covered exterior which has won awards at the Chelsea Flower Show. This year, the pub upped their game with a dazzling diplay of 97 Christmas trees and over 21,000 lights.

Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored

Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored

Christmas in London 2018 - Posh, Broke, & Bored

This Christmas, I will be putting my obsessive decorating tendencies aside (until after New Year at least) and simply enjoying my newly-decorated home with loved ones. Likewise, I will be enjoying London through refreshed eyes and a renewed appreciation.

I hope this season finds you well. Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas. x

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