Nativity

At the heart of the Christmas celebrations is the Christian story of the birth of Jesus.  In looking at London’s Christmas decorations, I saw very few religious scenes, so for this post I visited a church. All Saints, Margaret Street is located north of Oxford Circus, in Fitzrovia.  Turning off the street into the courtyard…

Light on the Shortest Day

Today is the shortest day of the year in London, so I’m posting my shiniest, brightest photos.  Here’s a golden bauble from the tree at the Grosvenor House Hotel to act as a substitute for the sun. The North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun today, giving the people of the northern hemisphere…

Christmas Soldiers

Yesterday I shared pictures of London’s festive wreaths.  Today I have photos of another quirky Christmas decoration.   Isn’t it odd that a festival of joy, peace, light and family should have a tradition of using toy soldiers as decorations? We can blame Ernst Hoffmann for writing a novella called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse…

Festive Wreaths

Like brussels sprouts, Christmas wreaths divide opinion.  They can be a creative use of natural materials available in winter, like Christmas tree branches, pine cones or holly, woven together in a circle full of symbolism of evergreen eternity.   But in countries where wreaths are symbols of mourning, it can also seem odd to use them…

Don’t Panic

Newspapers have dubbed the Saturday before Christmas “Panic Saturday“.  They expect shoppers to crowd on to London’s shopping streets today, looking for last-minute Christmas presents.   Distant Drumlin’s mission is to make you smile instead of panic. Last week I walked from Marylebone to the neighbouring district of Saint John’s Wood.  I had expected the wood…

Christmas Inspiration

Would you like some inspiration for your Christmas tree decorations from London’s trend-setters? Try this unusual combination of colours from the Liberty department store. Or add a Chinese element.  This next tree is standing in the welcome lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard.  The tree is seven metres tall, but that’s nothing; the…

BBC Snow

Have you ever watched a BBC television programme called “The One Show”?  On weekday evenings at 7pm this show is broadcast live from a BBC studio in London. Since 7th December, snow has been falling on the white trees behind the sofa where presenters  Alex Jones and Matt Baker sit.  What is causing this wintry weather?…

Oxford Street

Yesterday we did Regent Street.  So today we’re turning left at Oxford Circus to explore the western half of  Oxford Street. Oxford Street is home to some of London’s largest shops (Selfridges, Primark, Debenhams etc), but I have a love/hate relationship with it.  On some days, especially in Christmas shopping season, crossing the street to…