Christmas in London

Old Oct 12th, 2002, 05:53 AM
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Gerry K
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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?

Many thanks,

Gerry K
 
Old Oct 12th, 2002, 06:02 PM
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Old Oct 12th, 2002, 07:04 PM
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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.

Welcome to London

Ben Haines
 
Old Oct 13th, 2002, 03:45 AM
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Wow. Thanks, Ben. You've certainly made it inviting.

Gerry K
 
Old Oct 13th, 2002, 07:18 AM
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What are the ages of your family accompaning you on this marvelous trip?
There are so many things to do and see.
 
Old Oct 13th, 2002, 10:12 AM
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Elvira,

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.

Gerry K
 
Old Oct 15th, 2002, 09:31 PM
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Gerry,

It is sad that your family is unable to join you.
Do you have any specific interests that you prefer since you will be travelling alone?
 
Old Oct 15th, 2002, 10:55 PM
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Someone (I believe it was Ben Haines) sent me to this site when I visited London in December two years ago:

www.hayward-gallery.org.uk/main/information/about.asp?subpage=governors&view=text

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.

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!

Have a great time!
 
Old Oct 23rd, 2002, 05:53 PM
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