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Christmas time in London

I've always wanted to spend Christmas or New Years eve in big cities like London. On the year 2011 I've decided to go there just before Christmas time to catch all the Christmas spirit they have...

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Flying to enjoy our Christmas holidays in London.

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After airport we've arrived at the tube station. Our next stop was the center of London - The Buckingham palace.

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A view from the Buckingham palace.

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The Mall.

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The Buckingham palace, London, United Kingdom.

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Horse Guards Parade with London eye on the background.

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National Gallery.

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Christmas tree right in the center of Trafalgar square.

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As you can see it isn't that cold. Nor is it much snow in December.

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Admiralty Arch that leads from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square.

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Sherlock Holmes bar and restaurant.

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London eye in the evening.

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Next to it is a Christmas market with lots of different meals, drinks and souvenirs.

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It looks wonderful.

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Christmas Glintwein.

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Big Ben under the night sky.

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After checking in, we decided to hit some main streets of London. They were extremely beautiful.

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Every corner and every house of the street has been carefully decorated.

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Trafalgar square shines with lights. Seeing it at night leaves much more impression that at daytime.

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Covent Garden at Christmas time.

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I was amazed how beautiful it was.

Christmas London

I wanted to find a real Christmas spirit in London and I got what I was looking for.

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Huge Christmas tree just outside Covent Garden.

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Next we found a very cute English shop with lots of different hand made things and meals.

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In the end we decided to buy real Cacao. It was really amazing. I enjoyed it long after I returned home.

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Sherlock Holmes museum. It's a shame we didn't have time to go in, but I definitely will do it next time.

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Regents park in December.

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London city zoo. Penguins feel quite comfortable.

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Our next stop was Canary Wharf - London city center.

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At first it didn't feel much like Christmas there.

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Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom.

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Then we climbed down to the shopping center and the feel of the Christmas time returned.

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Shopping center is located under the whole Canary Wharf. It's really huge, has hundreds of stores, restaurants and malls.

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Teddy store.

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Canary Wharf from the Greenwich, which is on the other side of the river bank.

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Greenwich, London, United Kingdom.

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Beautiful London view.

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London view from the Time museum in Greenwich, London, United Kingdom.

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The same time museum. Wish I had a view like this at home.

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You can feel Christmas spirit everywhere.

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Tower bridge, London, United Kingdom.

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The Hays Galleria.

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Shard London Bridge - a pyramid-shaped skyscraper under construction in Southwark, London. Standing almost 310 metres tall, it is currently the tallest building in Europe and in the European Union.

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After an exhausted day we had our meal at the hotel and headed straight for the Hyde park.

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Hyde park at Christmas time is full of different attractions, rides and tourist markets.

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Of course we couldn't miss these crazy rides. It's a shame I couldn't take my camera with me on a ride.

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Camden Town - very interesting district in London.

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And you can get absolutely everything there.

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Victoria & Albert Museum

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Night streets of London.

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Bought a picture of Piccadilly circus.

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M&M store.

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It's a huge four story store with lots of candies toys and other stuff.

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Heading for the Victoria bus station.

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Gatwick airport. Waiting for the plane back home.

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