London is all the brighter at Christmas thanks to the kind people of Norway and their lovely tree in Trafalgar Square.
It becomes the focal point for choral singing every evening throughout December. Come rain or cold, those brave singers give us their selection of seasonal songs and carols while raising some money for good causes. Wednesday was a great performance by the all girl London City Singers. Hunt around on their site for some videos – catchy barbershop style. Here’s an example [can’t find any carols]. They were singing to raise money for their chosen charity “Eaves”.
But it’s not just at Christmas that Norway is in Trafalgar Square. There’s a permanent acknowledgement in the impressive tile works in the pedestrian underpass at the south of the Square, where the tiles set out a comprehensive history of the Square and those who have passed through it over the centuries. Well worth a visit.
And of course at this time of year, special Norwegian foods are to be tried. A classic is ‘Lutefisk‘, a marinated, and rather gelatinous, preserve of cod. Get along to Scandikitchens Cafe in Great Tichfield Street for a taste of this classic delicacy. But be prepared for a culinary challenge!
Finally, this magical character was spotted – a little earlier than he might have been expected. Remember to post your letter to Lapland.