Christmas Spirit in London

December 2nd is a holiday in the UAE. This year it fell on a Monday so I decided to take the Sunday off to make it a four day weekend. We weren’t sure what we were going to do and then Dan found out he was going to have to go out to work on-site. So I contacted my girlfriend in London to see if she was free for a last minute visitor and lucky me she was.

Dan dropped me off at the airport on Friday afternoon. I arrived that evening and met Jen and a friend of hers at Vinopolis, a wine tasting bar located within the stunning Victorian railway arches of London Bridge. We tried a few samples of wine and made our way back to her flat in Shoreditch before retiring for the evening. The next morning we got up and went for breaky along Regent’s Canal. That afternoon we saw the Christmas lights on Oxford and Carnbay street and then Jen took me to a “secret” speakeasy. For those of you who don’t know this term, like I didn’t, it used to refer to an establishment that sold alcoholic drinks illegally during the prohibition era. I don’t want to reveal too much about the secret spot but it was called the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and instead of telling the waiter you need a table for two you say “we are here to see the mayor”. Then he takes you through the secret door, which looks like a fridge, but is an entrance to the basement bar. That night we had British night back at the flat with all locally sourced foods.

Walking along Regent's canal

Walking along Regent’s canal

Christmas decorations on Carnaby Street

Christmas decorations on Carnaby Street

On Sunday we did some shopping, saw the D&G designer tree at Claridges, and then went for High Tea at Orange Pekoe in Richmond. They were actually putting on a Christmas Tea so our mini sandwiches included turkey and brie and we selected the Christmas blend tea. Champage, mini sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and lastly cake. Did I mention it was bloody freezing in London as well? When we got back to the flat we turned on the heater and watched a bit of xfactor (similar to American Idol or the Voice). The next morning I joined Jen on her commute to work, grabbed an egg nog latte, and did a bit of shopping. On my way to catch the tube to the airport I walked by the Tiffany’s tree outside of the Royal Exchange. It was great getting into the Christmas spirit in London!

D&G tree at Claridges

D&G tree at Claridges

Christmas High Tea

Christmas High Tea

Tiffany's Tree

Tiffany’s Tree

I arrived home late on Monday night. I took a taxi home and at 1:30am I was stuck in traffic due to the National Day Celebrations still going strong. Dan had a successful weekend out at the rig, saw some of the fireworks here in Abu Dhabi, and enjoyed his day of golfing in Dubai.

Next stop for us? Canada on December 20th. Hope to see you all there! If not, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas.

About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to, as well as to share our adventure with others.
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4 Responses to Christmas Spirit in London

  1. Judy Erickson says:

    Four days in London with Jen!!! Perfect! Love the speakeasy bar thing!

  2. Uncle Dale says:

    Hey Rebecca,
    We are totally envious. We love London and plan on going there again soon.We’ll need more info on some of the places you visited this time.
    Enjoy the Alberta weather.
    Uncle Dale

  3. Jennifer says:

    It was great to have you! Lets make this an annual event.


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