Believe it or not, there are less than 60 six days to go before Christmas! That means time is running out to do the all-important Xmas shopping, but should shoppers go to New York or London for a spot of retail therapy this year? Here we look at the pros and cons of both cities.
- Spacious and luxury apartments in London to book for a long weekend or perhaps even longer are always in plentiful supply because the city is made up of countless different boroughs, meaning accommodation is never hard to come by.
- Visit iconic shops such as Harrods, Hamleys, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and shop until you drop down Savile Row and Bond Street.
- There are various Christmas food markets dotted all over the city serving all kinds of culinary delights from all over the world.
- Check out the Christmas lights down Oxford Street and Regents Street.
- Chill out – quite literally – after a hard day of shopping at the Ice Bar, the UK’s only permanent bar made out of ice.
- Can catch a show in London’s West End when you’ve finished perusing the shops.
- Great transport links mean you can easily hop on a train to other great shopping destinations in England like Manchester or Liverpool if you fancy a change of scenery. Apartments in Liverpool and Manchester also offer great value if you want to escape London for a night.
- London can be an expensive place to shop.
- The main shopping streets get extremely busy in the build-up to Christmas, as does the London Underground.
- The London Underground only runs until roughly midnight every night.
- New York is widely considered to be the best place in the world for shopping.
- Visit famous shopping institutions like Bloomingdales and Macy’s and do a bit of sightseeing while in NYC.
- More likely to get a flurry of snow in NYC compared to London, although the last few Decembers in New York have been mild.
- The biggest and best shops are all a short walk away from Broadway, where you can see some of the biggest names in the world of theatre treading the boards.
- Get into the festive spirit with a romantic walk around a wintry Central Park or whisk your significant other up the Empire State Building.
- Areas like SoHo are packed with trendy bouquets with something for everyone.
- NYC is a 24/7 city in every sense.
- If the temperature dips dramatically and there’s a repeat of the serious snow storms that occurred back in January of this year, it could reap havoc with your plans.
- NYC is busy constantly.