Christmas Day Walk in London 2017

Magical, special, unique – a truly unusual way to spend Christmas Morning in London.

If you have never seen London almost empty, this is really the only opportunity to do so all year.

A really memorable tour for locals and visitors.

Christmas Day morning is the one time of the year when London is effectively closed, quiet and empty. Our route is designed to take in many of London’s iconic sights at their most eerily deserted.

 

We gather before dawn at 5.45am near Trafalgar Square, setting off as Big Ben chimes 6am. We will walk through the West End, Mayfair and Soho and almost certainly be the only people in many of the streets.

As the sun comes up we will finish at a cafe where we can all enjoy coffee and breakfast. We will also be able to give you tips and suggestions for the rest of the day.

 

As well as the familiar sights, you will see and hear about plenty of things that aren’t in the guidebooks, the London origins of some Christmas traditions and wherever possible I’ll customise the walk to include the interests of everyone in the group.

 

Refreshments
Breakfast is not included in the price of the tour but there will be complimentary festive snacks, treats and a nip or two of something to keep out the cold!

Price: £75 per person (Plus fees set by Eventbrite including card-processing).

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Weather 
Some years the weather has been lovely but you never can tell. The walk will go ahead, rain, shine or snow, so please be prepared!
 
Group size
This tour is restricted to an absolute maximum of 25 people to encourage a convivial and chatty atmosphere. In previous years groups have included a mixture of visitors and locals; some people who have been visiting London for the very first time and some real London experts including writers, fellow guides and historians. The friendliness and sense of camaraderie generated by these groups has always been fantastic.

Start & end points
The tour starts and ends near Trafalgar Square. Full details will be give on booking.

Transport
There will be no public transport at all on the day so you will need to be able to walk to the start point, drive into London or be willing to catch a cab or two.

Children
This tour isn’t designed for children under 14.

Accessibility
This tour is wheelchair accessible but there are some sections where there are no dropped kerbs and some of the pavements are very narrow. Please contact me if you’d like to talk in detail about this or any other aspect of accessibility.

Before the Tour
Many businesses don’t decide whether they’ll be open or not until a week or two before Christmas. Every year some places that have told me on Christmas Eve that they would be closed, end up changing their minds and are open on the big day!

I will send you a list of pubs, restaurants, cafes and attractions that have told me they will be will be open and information on parking etc well in advance.

After the Tour
In the days after the tour I’ll send you a map showing the route we took. I’ll also send you links to things we have talked about during the day the day and photos of us as a group. If group members have posted photos on Flickr etc and are happy for me to share them I’ll include those links too.

Cancellation
If you need to cancel before 1 November I can offer a 85% refund less Eventbrite fees. If you need to cancel before 1 December I can offer a 60% refund less Eventbrite fees. After 1 December I can’t offer any refunds.

Reviews
You can check reviews of previous year’s Christmas Day walks on Trip Advisor.

 

I am also running two other walks on Christmas Day, a later morning version of the dawn tour:

 
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And a completely different afternoon tour "The Seven Noses of Soho":

 

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