Christmas in London



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Christmas in London is actually a beautiful time to visit the city despite December's shorter days and chilly weather. Decorations are simple yet impressive lending a true spirit to the holiday. Outdoor ice rinks pop up while the shopping frenzy begins. Annual traditional races, concerts and pantomimes appear and children queue up to visit Santa in his mysterious grotto. Spend your days exploring London's festive sights then cosy up in a pub with a glass of mulled wine for a magical visit.

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Day 1 - London


Music, Concerts and Carol Singing

Taking in a program at Royal Albert Hall is memorable any time of the year with its splendid interior and perfect acoustics. St. Martin-in-the Fields church in Trafalgar Square provides are more intimate experience often lit only by candlelight.


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St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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Location:

Trafalgar Square 5
Trafalgar Sq., WC2
WC2N 4JJ London, England

Contact:

tel: 020/7766-1100
fax: +44 20 7389 0773
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Royal Albert Hall

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Location:

Kensington Gore
SW7 2AP London,

Contact:

tel: +44 (0)20 7589 8212 (Box Office)
fax: +44 (0)20 7584 1406 (Accessibility Information)
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Day 2 - Richmond, London


Best for Kids:

In the US we visit Santa in the middle of the mall in plain sight, in the UK Santa is hidden away in a quiet. cosy grotto providing an enchanting experience for children ... and allows for more than one Santa!


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London Wetland Centre

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Location:

Queen Elizabeth's Walk
Barnes
SW13 9WT Richmond, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 020 84 094 400
fax: +44 20 8409 4401
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Hamleys

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Location:

188-196 Regent St., W1
W1B 5BT London, England

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tel: 0800/2802-444
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Day 3 - London


Christmas Lights and Festive Shopping

Think subtle and understated, more traditional except for Regent Street of course.


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Harrods

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Location:

87-135 Brompton Rd., SW1
SW3 1JJ London, England

Contact:

tel: 020/8479-5100
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Carnaby Street

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Location:

Carnaby Street
W1F 7DY London, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 20 7333 8118
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Oxford Street

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Location:

Oxford Street
W1C 1JN London, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 20 7462 0689
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Day 4 - London, East Molesey


Best Ice Skating Rinks

Outdoor ice skating rinks pop up all over the city from November through January. These five have stunning historical backdrops, even more magical come sundown,


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Canary Wharf Ice Rink (The)

Location:

Canada Square Park
E14 5AX London, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 20 7418 2322
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Natural History Museum

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Location:

Cromwell Road
Cromwell Rd., SW7
SW7 5BD London, England

Contact:

tel: 020/7942-5000
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Hampton Court Palace

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Location:

Hampton Court Road
East Molesey, Surrey
KT8 2EU East Molesey, England

Contact:

tel: 0870/752-7777
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Tower of London Ice Rink

Location:

Tower Hill
The Tower of London
EC3N 4AB London, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 20 8241 2365
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Somerset House

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Location:

Strand
Strand
WC2R 1LA London, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600
fax: +44 (0)20 7836 7613
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Day 5 - London


Christmas Service


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St. Paul's Cathedral

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Location:

St. Paul's Churchyard
St. Paul's Churchyard, EC4
EC4M 8AD London, England

Contact:

tel: 020/7246-8350
fax: +44 20 7248 3104
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Westminster Abbey

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Location:

20 Dean's Yard
Broad Sanctuary, SW1
SW1P 3PA London, England

Contact:

tel: 020/7222-5152
fax: +44 20 7233 2072
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