I had several trips down to London over the Christmas period to see, what if any, festive attractions and decorations were located about the city. Outside the Tate Modern Gallery, on the south bank of the Thames, and centered around the walkway onto the Millenium foot bridge was a small German Style Christmas Market selling hand-crafted gifts and toys and food and drink from Glühwein to traditional Bratwurts and sweets and nuts.
Further west along the Thames and positioned between the Hungerford rail bridge and the London Eye was the larger South Bank Winter Festival which had amongst other attractions were small wooded chalets along the waterfront serving up winter food, warming drinks and gifts. There was also the Southbank Centre Express train that ran from Hungerford Bridge along the riverside to the Festival Pier and back and a small carousel. Surrounded by cinemas, Leicester Square Gardens was host to a small funfair and along with a number of log cabins selling food and drink and funfair games, there was also a larger carousel.
Tucked away inside the old County Hall at the entrance to the Marriott Hotel was a large red slipper on top of a grassed pyramid as Marriott hotels have teamed up with Warner Bros. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz film which has been re-mastered in 3D re-released. The best decorations I came across were at the old Covent Garden where out side stood a giant 22-feet tall silver reindeer and inside the north and south halls giant red baubles, of various sizes, hung from the ceiling and the smaller glitter balls sprinkled starlight around the interiors as the swung gently in the wind. On Friday, 2nd January, you could hardly move around London for the crowds but by Monday, 5th January, the city centre was deserted. The Christmas attractions were being struck down and packed away for another year, the council were out clearing away the rubbish from the streets and the London Eye was closed to the public and having a good clean presumably to remove the detritus of the fire works from New Years eve.
Hand held with a Sony A7s + Sony E16-35mm f4 ZA OSS T* & Sony FE 24-70mm f4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss lens