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Gerry K Oct 12th, 2002 06:53 AM

Christmas in London
 
I'm considering a pre-Christmas trip to London (Dec 17-22). What might be special about London at such a time?<BR><BR>Many thanks,<BR><BR>Gerry K

ttt Oct 12th, 2002 07:02 PM

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Ben Haines Oct 12th, 2002 08:04 PM

Special to the season are shopping, music, and theatre. The shops along Oxford Street, Regent Street and Knightsbridge are crowded and busy. Simply to see this, without the crush, you can ride in the top of a bus along any of these: the number 12 would suit the first two. All the concert halls are in full swing, and the seventeenth century churches of the City (which means the business district) hold lunch-time concerts of Christmas music of Corelli, Britten, and others, often with carols, mince pies, mulled wine, or any combination. Theatres, too, are at their fullest, and out in the suburbs we keep up the tradition of pantomime, knock-about comedy shows of fairy stories for children. They clap the hero and boo the villain as good triumphs in Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and other tales. Adults are admitted, and if you drop your inhibitions you can celebrate an old and different tradition.<BR><BR>Welcome to London<BR><BR>Ben Haines<BR>

Gerry K Oct 13th, 2002 04:45 AM

Wow. Thanks, Ben. You've certainly made it inviting.<BR><BR>Gerry K

elvira Oct 13th, 2002 08:18 AM

What are the ages of your family accompaning you on this marvelous trip?<BR>There are so many things to do and see.

Gerry K Oct 13th, 2002 11:12 AM

Elvira,<BR><BR>I'm a 58 year old retired teacher with a wife and son who are still in school (she's a teacher). So I'll be going alone, which I don't mind.<BR><BR>Gerry K

elvira Oct 15th, 2002 10:31 PM

Gerry, <BR><BR>It is sad that your family is unable to join you.<BR> Do you have any specific interests that you prefer since you will be travelling alone?

Burta Oct 15th, 2002 11:55 PM

Someone (I believe it was Ben Haines) sent me to this site when I visited London in December two years ago:<BR><BR>www.hayward-gallery.org.uk/main/information/about.asp?subpage=governors&view=text<BR><BR>We attended the BBC's Christmas Cracker at the Royal Festival Hall, which was quite festive. Reservations were made on-line and tickets easily available on the night of the concert -- all in all, a very efficient system.<BR><BR>We also went shopping at Harrod's, with it's wonderful holiday decorations and window displays. The food hall had holiday foods from all over the world!<BR><BR>Have a great time!

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