Christmas Sales London 2012
Although the Boxing Day sales start in December, people tend to call them the January sales are they go on for most of that month. Many flagship shops, department stores, shopping centres and exclusive boutiques are opening their doors bright and early on Boxing Day to offer eager shoppers the very best discounts, and even more venues are joining in with their own promotions and discounts in the days between Christmas and New Year.

Westfield London January Sale
26 Dec 2011 - 31 Jan 2012
Head to one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe on Boxing Day for the start of the Westfield London January Sale. Taking place immediately after Christmas, the sale features bargains galore with discounts available in many of the shops and stores.

Harvey Nichols January Sale
26 Dec 2011 - 31 Jan 2012
Plenty of luxury brands and designer items going for a song in the Harvey Nichols January sale. From the likes of Stella McCartney and Givenchy to Lanvin and Pucci, there are simply loads of lovely sale items on sale.

Christmas Carols

Time to get in the spirit of the season with a hearty bout of carol singing.

  • Trafalgar Square
    11 Dec 2012 - 22 Dec 2012
    For festive Christmas carols London is home to one of the most famous services in the world, taking place annually at Trafalgar Square.
  • Royal Albert Hall
    13 Dec 2012 - 24 Dec 2012
    Hear traditional carols and beautiful Christmas music this December with the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival which brings the festive spirit to the world famous concert hall. Live music, concerts taking place nearly every day.
  • Christmas Carols at St Pauls Cathedral
    25th November - Monday 24th December 2012
    Have a traditional Christmas with a series of carol concerts at St Pauls Cathedral.
  • Hampton Court
    17 Dec 2012 - 23 Dec 2012
    Start off your Christmas week with a session of Christmas carols at Hampton Court Palace this winter and really get in the mood for the festive period.
  • St Martin in the Fields Christmas Carols
    24 Nov 2012 - 26 Dec 2012
    Join in with all the festive singing for Christmas 2012 with a full month of St Martin in the Fields Christmas carols services.
  • Christmas at Westminster Abbey
    11 Dec 2012 - 24 Dec 2012
    Every year, around 12,000 people from the UK and around the world celebrate Christmas at Westminster Abbey, with the carol service on Christmas Eve proving especially popular.
    Programme of events
    The programme of concerts and live music events at Westminster Abbey looks like this:
    4pm, Sunday 23rd December
    Service of Lessons and Carols
    Free tickets available to book from November 2012
    Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
    12pm: Crib Service
    4pm: Service of Lessons and Carols (free tickets available to book from November 2012)
    11.30pm: First Eucharist of Christmas (no tickets required)

Selfridges January Sale
26 Dec 2012 - 31 Jan 2013
Grab some bargains at the Selfridges January sale. The famous department store on Oxford Street traditionally opens its doors early on Boxing Day so that thousands of stylish bargain hunters can hit the store on the first day of the sale. Last year, people queued up from 4:30am. With an enormous 50 percent off some items, there will be substantial discounts throughout the Selfridges January sale on items from womenswear, accessories, beauty, furniture, childrenswear, luggage and home accessories.

From 9am 27 Dec 2012
Harrods January sale is back once more. London’s most famous store is once again offering amazing bargains on their finest products, from food to furniture and everything in-between. This year Florence and the Machine will be performing live before presiding over the grand opening, so get up early to make sure you're at the front of the queue for the musical dose of celebrity glitter.
This is one of the UK’s most exclusive retailers, and even though there will be discounts of around 60 percent off, it still might be just a bit expensive.

Fortnum and Mason
27 Dec 2011 - 31 Jan 2012
With bargains galore and plenty of luxury items up for grabs, the Fortnum and Mason January sale is one of the best in town. Renowned for being one of the oldest and most famous of department stores in London.

Brent Cross
26 Dec 2011 - 31 Jan 2012
Stores within the shopping centre who will be holding their own sales throughout the Brent Cross January sale include Lipsy, Karen Millen and Reiss. Other stores include Gap Kids and Hugo Boss, and even if fashion doesn't do it for you, there's an Apple Store, a Sony Centre and a Games Workshop.

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