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Sep 29th, 2008, 02:52 PM
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Christmas Day in London- what is there to do?

We will be in London Dec.21-27. Is there anything to do on Christmas day? Do the taxis run?
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Sep 29th, 2008, 02:55 PM
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Have a festive lunch at a good hotel (reserve well in advance). Taxis will be hard to find; so choose something within walking distance.
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Sep 29th, 2008, 04:01 PM
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I believe that there may be some guided walks on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Try googling.

Otherwise - not much on at all.
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Sep 29th, 2008, 04:17 PM
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Yes - there are a couple of London Walks -- but you'll need to be staying w/i walking distance of the start/finnish points. There is no public transport in London on Christmas day. You can walk all around - but that is about it.

Some mini cabs do take bookings on Christmas day - but they tend to book up weeks ahead. We've already had reports here on Fodors that some of the usual car services/mini cab companies are fully booked.

Where are you staying?
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Sep 29th, 2008, 07:06 PM
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As others have said, pretty much everything is closed Christmas Day in London. Dec. 26th (Boxing Day) is also a holiday.

Stay near Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral (Roman Catholic) or St. Paul's and go to church on Christmas Day (for the music if you are not religious). Afterwards make a reservation and have a nice lunch somewhere.
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Sep 29th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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"Afterwards make a reservation and have a nice lunch somewhere."

yes - make a reservation -- as far ahead as your plans are firmed up. Any nice or even just nice-ish restaurant, you can count on Christmas Lunch running about £60 to £150 and up per person. Less at some ethnic places.

And again - book someplace w/i a reasonable walk of where you are staying. Especially since the weather could be nasty.
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Sep 29th, 2008, 09:25 PM
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I've never known bad weather on a Christmas Day in London. Even a few drops of rain are rare.

On Christmas Day, a glorious city - on the other 365 days of a leap year close to choked throughout daylight - is almost deserted. It's practically possible to walk in the middle of the road.

So don't waste time looking for someone to organise a walk for you. Go to any decent bookshop, get a set of good central London walks and see London for yourself the way its architects intended it to be seen. After attending a service in the world's capital of outstanding liturgical music.

You can gawp at the innards of musems or tourist ripoff joints any time.
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Sep 30th, 2008, 04:12 AM
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I do believe London Walks does walks if you are into organized walks. Check out www.walks.com for their schedules.
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Sep 30th, 2008, 06:52 AM
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The thing you do need to sort out is somewhere/thing to eat. Don't expect to find anywhere open within easy travelling (ie walking distance).
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