All of the Lights.

The holidays are on steroids here in London, and I’m not one bit upset about it.

somerset house london

I recently took myself for a walk about central London’s art and cultural center, Somerset House, where the delightful decorations are abundant.

As if the massive ice skating rink (featured above) in Somerset’s main plaza isn’t enough to woo, its christmas music that chimes at all hours of the day and night will likely do the trick. (Mind you, I’m someone who avoids New York’s Rockefeller Center like a madwoman during the holiday season, but something about London’s merry spirits has me feeling smitten.)

Somerset has partnered with Fortnum & Mason and packed its rooms with gift shops galore. Each room offers something different. Indeed, I had to see them all. I weaved through the hallways, ducking in and out of each shop, dizzied by the plethora of present possibilities.

somerset house london

There were rooms “For Her,” and rooms “For Him,” but I was most mesmerized by the sweets — think mince pies on deck — and shiny ornaments.

christmas sweets london

christmas sweets london

christmas sweets london

christmas in london

christmas in london

christmas in london

I didn’t even buy anything, but left feeling warm and fuzzy, and readier than ever for the holidays at home.

christmas in london

So, what’s on my holiday agenda?

Step 1: Bust out the PJs.

Step 2:  Start the fire.

Step 3: Stay put for days.

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