Christmas in London!

December 12, 2014

Holiday Season in London!

There are fun activities and interesting sites for every taste in London leading up to the holiday season.

Whether it’s ice skating in the park,

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Shopping on Regent Street,

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Or meeting some real live Reindeer at the London Zoo

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The holiday season is a sparkling and vibrant time to visit London.

More fun events to consider:

Christmas Ballet at the Royal Opera House

Georgian Christmas at Kensington Palace

Watch White Christmas at the Dominion Theater

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London is known for it’s 24/7 excitement.  Except on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and Boxing Day (Dec. 26). Most of the traditional tourist sites are shut down for these two days.  Public transportation does not run and the city of London becomes something entirely different from it’s usual hustle and bustle.  That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the magic of London at Christmas time, but planning ahead will make your experience much more pleasant. 

Sign up for a Christmas Day Tour

Without public transport available, a tour like this is a good option for seeing things you would otherwise miss in the city.

Golden Tours: many options to choose from with lovely destinations and places to see on your holiday.

Premium Tours: Offering several different packages and trips for Christmas Day.

More Christmas Day Options

London Walks will offer two interesting walks on Christmas Day.  The first at 11:00 AM (Samuel Pepys’ 1660 London) and the second 2:00 PM (Charles Dickens Christmas).  Both walks will meet by the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square (Click Here for more info)

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The Peter Pan Cup is a spectacle worth seeing. It is a swimming race held in the Serpentine, in Hyde Park.  It starts at 9am and you can just show up to watch the show.

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Most churches in and around London will have Christmas Day services.  Some like those at Westminster Abbey are ticketed and sold out, but others are not.  St. Paul’s Cathedral is free and unticketed (get there early if you want a seat).

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Bars and Pubs open on Christmas Day

Leicester Square: The Porcupine; The Bear and Staff

Chelsea: The Chelsea Ram; The Phoenix; The Surprise

Bars in many of the bigger hotels will be open as well.

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

Chinatown (between Piccadilly and Leicester Square): most restaurants will be open for business as usual

Mayfair: Maze; Avista

Marylebone: Dieci

There is a list of open restaurants on Opentable.co.uk (Book Early)

No matter what you choose, the holiday season in London is an unparalleled experience.  Enjoy the time you have in the city.

Happy Holidays from all of us at London Connection!