Friday, 11 December 2015

Christmas in London

There is something magical about this time of the year, especially in London.

London is a very busy city. Everybody is in a rush, all the time. Londoners spend a long time in public transport, so they try to shorten it by running everywhere. They rarely have the time to stop for a casual chat and certainly they will never have the time to talk to a stranger. Most Londoners look often grumpy due to this rush, but you can see during the Christmas period that under that always-busy look there is an actual human being.

People get excited and start wearing Christmas jumpers (the uglier, the better), reindeer antlers and put up Christmas decorations. It is the time for work parties, mulled wine, visiting the family, stuffing your face with mince pies and trying to remain sane when shopping for presents.
From the 1st of December, you can feel the excitement building up. By mid-December, Londoners go Christmas-crazy and by the 1st of January they wake up hungover and tangled in tinsel. And they will promise to take it easier next year, drink less and stop wasting money. But they won't, because this is London and we like the hustle and bustle, the crowded streets, the  never ending parties, the lights and the noise.

Anyway, what does this mean for tourists? This means that Christmas is one of the best times to visit London if you don't mind cold weather and that it's dark by 4pm. And remember, on the 25th there is NO public transport. AT ALL. I know that it sounds odd, but it is true. If you want to go somewhere, you will have to walk or take a taxi (fares more expensive than usual).

So, Merry Christmas everybody! We hope that you have a great time.
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