Now that lockdown is easing and a vaccine is looking more and more like a realistic possibility, London has started to once again look like a tantalizing prospect for those looking for entertainment. Of course, the Christmas celebrations in the capital are likely to be a little more reserved than they were in previous years – but there’s still plenty to make the city worth visiting. What’s more, you’ll be able to get around the city easily, courtesy of train services from Govia, and the ever-reliable tube system. Let’s take a look!
Following lockdown, shoppers didn’t waste much time flooding the high streets again. Whilst overall footfall is down, the popularity of shopping hotspots like Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street is sure to remain healthy over Christmas – especially given the draw of unique and spectacular Christmas lights at each location. If you’re worried about crowds, then you can plan a midweek trip instead, or use Google Maps or a similar service to investigate just how many people are in a given location before you set out.
While most of the indoor attractions in the capital are shut down in order to limit contagion, there’s no shortage of things to do while you’re out in the open air. You’ll find no shortage of open-air ice rinks out in the capital, with the most spectacular being set against backdrops formed by amazing buildings like Hampton Court Palace and Alexandra Palace. You don’t have to be good at ice skating to put on a pair of boots and get going!
If you’d like to take in all of the major landmarks of the capital in a single trip, then you might opt instead for a sightseeing tour of the capital, from the back of an open-topped bus. Of course, there’s always the chance for a stroll in the park, too – you’ll find several dozen of them dotted around the capital.
What would Christmas be without those familiar festive treats? It’s a time of year where smaller, niche retailers really come out to shine, and they’re sure to need your support this year. Look for restaurants with social distancing measures in place, and for the traditional Christmas markets where you’ll be able to pick up unique treats. There’s a food market near King’s Cross which reliably serves up artisan produce from a carefully curated line-up of suppliers.