Christmas shopping in london this winter?

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London trips

Living just an hours train ride away from the big smoke, the temptation to hop on up to Oxford Street to brace the hoards of Christmas shoppers for us Brightoners is all too easy. 

Myself & Rosie from Everything's Rosie took a trip up to Central London last weekend whilst paying a visit to my home girl The Café Cat (read our love story ›› When Fifi met Sally). 

How do you go about doing your Christmas shopping? Are you a 'get it all done in a few hours online' kinda shopper? Or do you prefer hitting up the high street to grab a few bargains and save on delivery costs?

I'm usually the latter. I make a day (or several days) of it, taking regular pit stops at local cafés and dragging along some friends for the banter. Clicking around online can be a lonely process, nobody around for opinions, and somehow buying things at the click of a button doesn't quite feel like BUYING. It's all too easy to spend a fortune. 

O' course me and Rosie made a proper day of it, but surprise surprise, we didn't buy a thing for anyone else but ourselves. Oops. 

Here's what we got up to. We crammed so much into one day. I can't recommend planning a trip up London for some festive fun with your bestie enough.

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London - Daylight Music

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London - Daylight Music

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London - Daylight Music

To kick off our day, we spent the morning listening to the echoey acoustics of string quartets and tango orchestras with a cuppa tea in one hand, and a bacon sarnie in the other. 

Union Chapel in Islington hosts a Daylight Music session every Saturday in the run up to Christmas. It's a charity run event and made such a warming, magical start to the festivity of the day with such a community buzz as locals rallied around selling banoffee pies, cookies, hot drinks and breakfast sandwiches whilst we were mesmerised by the tunes. It made me really want to arrange something similar in Brighton.

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie

After a quick wander around nearby markets and stalls, stopping off for a mulled wine then rolling around in some nearby leaves, we joined the crowds in Oxford Circus. The Selfridges displays really were a picture, it was just a shame that we couldn't stop for 5 seconds to admire the lights, the busy shoppers kept pushing us along.

I bought some proper cosy winter pyjama attire as well as a few bits from Forever 21 (I used to love that place, but this time we had a bit of a falling out. The prices are creeping up every time I visit.) 

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review


The best part of my entire day was popping into Ponti's a hungry, angry shopper and within 5 minutes and a sip of wine, becoming the most mellow, festive person ready to devour a whole 8 course meal. 

Ponti's Italian Kitchen is tucked away about a 2 minute walk off Oxford Circus, providing the much desired warm, relaxing, whilst atmospheric pit stop for a big sit down meal after spending a whole 4 hours in a Primark queue on Oxford Street. The food, service, atmosphere, venue and location were all every bit as brilliant as each other. And don't be fooled by the 'Italian Kitchen' title, this restaurant have a mouth watering traditional Christmas menu not just stunning Italian courses. The only way to end a jam packed festive trip to London was to devour a Christmas meal, with extra Italian-inspired trimmings. 

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

Fifi McGee // Christmas in London with Everything's Rosie // Ponti's Review

We had ice cold olives, juicy scallops, tender chicken, spicy salami and a whole evening of red wine and great company. But to top it all off, just take a look at this video we made. Mouth. Watering. I want to go back.



If you're arranging a shopping trip to Oxford Circus any time soon, I can't recommend dropping by Ponti's highly enough. I got a glimpse of their lunch menu too, which whilst isn't quite as tantalising as the Christmas menu, still promises good things.

Just another note, as the restaurant is located so close to the main shops, it would probably be wise to make a booking early on to secure a table with no waiting time - just make sure you leave enough time to hit up all the shops, and arrive hungry!