How to Make my London Christmas Trip Perfect? This is NOT a MUST SEE or MUST DO list!
I am always sceptical of the articles that say MUST SEE or MUST DO in *name of the city* (and even more sceptical of the people who search for it). There is no universal list of MUST SEE or MUST DO things in London, or for any other city in the world.
To plan London Christmas trip, I suggest we ask the following questions.
What shall I do/Where shall I visit to feel the Spirit of Christmas in London, to experience what Londoners experience every Christmas, and maybe understand how it has shaped their culture and how it reflects their identity. What are the experiences that will leave me with truly positive long lasting memories of my trip?
In his 'Life Lessons from Nietzsche', John Armstrong (British writer and philosopher) said:
"Our attention and devotion are commodities that are in short supply, valuable resources that should not be wasted. It's not enough to say: 'I want to see these things [Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, British Museum] with my own eyes or it's on my bucket list, or it's famous."
Instead, we shall ask:
"What is my visit to Tate Modern actually for.... What true need of mine does it serve? We should pay a great deal more attention to purpose than we normally do."
MUST SEE and MUST DO lists merely represent the places that are statistically the most visited among tourists. However, with the development of internet and online advertisements, the true utility of tourism is lost.
People visit the places they do, just because they know that statistically millions of people visit there every year. In other words its popular. When they see it with their own eyes, their sense of comprehension is numb, limited by the statistical popularity of those places .
They start enjoying the fact that they see something millions of people visit to see every year and they enjoy (even more) the fact that they are not among those billions of others who didn't get the chance to be where they are now.
The suggestions you will find bellow and in the upcoming posts are not exhaustive and definitely do not guarantee a universally applicable pleasure to all tourists. However, these are the things that will most probably give you the feeling of Christmas and leave you with long lasting nostalgic memories of your trip to London.
This experiences are unique for every single person. Think of the things that you will enjoy/learn when you decide where you want to go and what you want to do.
P.S. To differentiate my list from that of TO DO lists, instead of numbering my suggestions I am giving them names, e.g. Light Experience instead of 1.
Most of us have been decorating our houses and Christmas Trees with lights every year since our childhood. Whenever we see Christmas lights, we associate it with our childhood, good memories and presents. Visiting Christmas Light decoration displays may awaken a lot of positive emotions.
On a more non-sentimental note, if you want to see how Edison's light bulb changed the world, it is still a very good idea to visit the spots below.
ICE SKATING EXPERIENCE
"Figure skating is theatrical. It's artistic. It's elegant. It's extremely athletic. And there's a very specific audience for that."
Somerset House and Natural History Museum ice rinks are the places you want to go, if you want to mix Christmas Spirit with joy of skating on the ice.
The construction of this building started in 1776, the same year 'The Declaration of Independence' of the USA was issued.
Address: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
This was one of the filming spots of Paddington (the movie about young bear that came from the jungles of Peru?)