Christmas Shopping and Afternoon Tea in London

On my last day of my trip on London I knew there only a few things I really wanted to do: see some Christmas decorations and have an afternoon tea.

But first, we needed to fuel up for a big day of wandering Regent and Oxford streets. We stopped for breakfast at Natural Kitchen. They advertised fresh, healthy food and after a few days of pub food, I was ready for something lighter. I had the poached eggs, fresh avocado and tomatoes. I can never pass up a poached egg. My friend had the egg Florentine. Both were delicious! And of course we both had Americanos to really jump start our day.

The restaurant was very cozy and decorated with rustic Christmas decorations. In the lower floor, there was a food hall style place with different kinds of hot and cold foods to eat in or take away. My friend mentioned this is a great place to stop in for lunch and if I lived in London, I would definitely stop by all the time!

After a great breakfast, we headed towards Liberty, a department store on Regent Street. I’ve been to many department stores in my day but few are like this one! This is one of the things I really love about London, everything has a history.


The entire store was stunning but one of the best parts was the Christmas shop. I love the Christmas season and this floor completely transported me to a Christmas wonderland. I picked up a new ornament for my tree back home and I couldn’t pass up on all the yummy Christmas treats.

After Liberty, we wandered the streets a bit and hoped on a double decker bus over towards Harrods. During my first visit to London almost 10 years ago, my family visited Harrods and it felt like an exotic and magical place. During this visit with all of the Christmas decorations, it still had that magical feeling.


By this point we were ready for a bite to eat and Harrods has 26 (!) different places to eat. All of the options looked great but for me, this was my chance for my traditional afternoon tea. We headed up to the Tea Room and were seated right away.

There were a lot of great options, from small appetizers to sandwiches and salads. I ordered The Wedgewood afternoon tea.As I’ve written about before, I love afternoon tea.

It came with a pot of tea, a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and a dessert. All of it was delicious but my favorite part were the scones. There is something special about having tea and scones with clotted cream and jam.

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