The British capital in December is cold, grey, wet ... and the best place to spend the festive season, writes Stephanie Holmes

1. Shop windows

Auckland has Smith and Caughey's; London has Harrods and Selfridges and Liberty and Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols ... and so many more. A Christmas window display is a big deal for all the major department stores in the capital — it's been a tradition in some stores for more than 100 years. Families from far and wide will make special trips into the city to see them, do a bit of gift shopping