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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

London in Winter

You know the best thing about living in London and getting to come home to it in the holidays? London in Winter. I mean, if you know me you know I love London all year round. But London in the Winter is on another level completely.

I'm not talking about wintry days when it's chucking it down with rain (which it often is in Britain). I'm talking about days when the air is crisp and there's a definite chill but the sun is shining, lighting up all of London's beautiful architecture, just making it a joy to live in.

Christmas Eve Eve was one of these perfect wintry London days and, I have to say, it makes it incredibly hard to leave it behind for Exeter, where I'm heading back today. I know I'm late blogging about this day but it's been such a hectic time of year and, well just *look* at it. I couldn't not write about such a beautiful day.

I spent Christmas Eve Eve with my friend, Lish. We decided we'd missed London (and each other) so much that spending the day being almost-tourists was a necessity. Southbank, as pictured above, wasn't where we ventured first though.

First we got the tube to Oxford Circus because I was desperate to visit Said - an incredible little Italian cafe that makes the most amazing hot chocolate and cakes. You absolutely must visit if you're in the area and craving hot chocolate, or anything chocolate at all. The hot chocolate is like nothing you've ever tasted before, pure melted chocolate with a choice of milk or dark. Alongside it I had a salted dark chocolate cookie, because really, is there such a thing as too much chocolate?! The interior of the cafe is stunning too, honestly I can't wait to go back here and couldn't recommend it enough.

We then had a quick look around Liberty's Christmas section before heading to Covent Garden to pick up some last minute Christmas presents and admire the beautiful tree that's there every year.

After meandering around Covent Garden for a while, we headed to Southbank to look around the Christmas markets and, deciding we were hungry enough for a late lunch as the chocolate rush from earlier had finally worn off, we got a table at Las Iguanas before making our way home.

This day got me in the Christmas spirit properly and reminded me why London really must be one of the best cities in the world. It was so nice as well to catch up with Lish and to talk about everything. I can't believe how quickly this holiday's gone but I know that I'll be back soon enough so, until next time London...

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