London during the holidays

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Sep 27th, 2007, 06:46 AM
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London during the holidays

My husband and adult son will be goint to London Christmas/New Year's week. We are looking for a nice, around $300 a night hotel preferably in the Marybone or Shoreditch areas. Also looking for nice traditional restaurants open on Christmas Eve and day and New Year's Eve. All suggestions welcome!
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Sep 27th, 2007, 06:57 AM
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Use Priceling for the hotel. that will usually give you a very cheap rate. $ star
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Sep 27th, 2007, 06:57 AM
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Sorry, 4 star for around 100 us.
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Sep 27th, 2007, 07:02 AM
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Can't help you with the hotel, but we did Christmas Eve dinner (closed on Christmas DAy) at one of our long time favorites -- Maggie Jones off Kensington High Street. Very traditional (country) decor, friendly staff, and traditional food. It was SO perfect for Christmas Eve.

http://www.english-restaurants.com/e...asp?classID=31
(Incidentally we did that after an early candlelight Christmas Carol concert at Royal Albert Hall, not far away).

Christmas Day was difficult. I had a hard time working in advance to find many places open. We ended up eating lunch in Chinatown where nearly everything is open. But we had a nice buffet dinner (complete with crackers, etc) at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel.

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Sep 27th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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Your first question should be about what you are going to do on Christmas Day.

There's no public transport, shops, tourist attractions (except Charles Dickens Museum) & most restaurants are closed.

Taxis - if you can find one - will be charging a hefty supplement and if you want to eat you'll need to find somewhere serving either a very expensive Christmas Lunch or end up with a Chicken Vindaloo
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Sep 27th, 2007, 09:23 AM
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There are numerous London Walks on Christmas Day. We did one starting at Trafalgar -- "Dickens' London" in the mid afternoon. We could have done two that day. There are also morning services in churches with nice music if you are into that.

As I mentioned, we had a nice lunch in Chinatown and a good dinner at a Mayfair Hotel (we could walk to). Our biggest problem was finding a cup of coffee in the morning. On a walk along the strand I nearly attacked a young Russian couple I saw walking toward me with takeaway coffees. That's the day I discovered there is such a thing as "undrinkable coffee". You get it at Spar.

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