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CHRISTMAS DAY IN LONDON

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With plenty of fantastic events, exhibitions and shops to enjoy, Christmas in London can be a wonderful experience. However, it’s also one of the very few times of the year when much of London shuts down.To help you make the most of the festive season, we’ve put together a quick list of our survival tips:


 

EATING & DRINKING
 

Most restaurants do close their doors, but here are five of our favourites that are all open on the 25th. We strongly recommend making any reservations for Christmas Day to avoid disappointment.
 

DEAN STREET TOWN HOUSE

69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
020 7434 1775

Three-course Christmas Day menu

 

FERA AT CLARIDGES

Brook Street, W1K 4HR
020 7107 8888

Six-course Christmas Day menu

 

ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER

Park Lane, W1K 1QA
020 7629 8866

Seven-course Christmas Day menu with wine pairings

 

DUCK & WAFFLE

110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
020 36407310

Five-course Christmas Day menu

 

MARCUS AT THE BERKELEY

Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
020 7235 1200

Six-course Christmas Day menu with wine pairings 

 

THE GILBERT SCOTT

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 2AR

020 7278 3888
Six-course Christmas Day menu 

 


 

SHOPPING
 

Most shops will close early on Christmas Eve and are fully closed on Christmas Day, but will re-open on the 26th for the sales. If you do find yourself walking around central London, we recommend taking advantage of the quiet streets for some optimal window shopping, to help you prepare for the Boxing Day madness!


 

ATTRACTIONS
 

Museums, galleries and other attraction in London will be closed on Christmas Day. That said, are plenty of great walks to go on, and if you’re up early you should definitely stop by to witness the 9am Peter Pan swimming race at the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park.

 


 

GETTING AROUND
 

In short - all public transport grinds to a halt on the 25th. We mean all buses, all the London Underground and Overground services, trains and most airport express connections.

Taxis are still in operation but there are a limited number working in the Christmas and New Year period, so make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey. Taxis often charge double the usual rate over this time, with black cabs costing an extra £4 as a flat fee.