CHRISTMAS DAY IN LONDON
Magical, special, unique – a truly unusual way to spend Christmas Day 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 was designed to take in many of London’s most iconic sights at their most eerily deserted and finish with the streets a little busier but full of festive cheer.
The Tour began before dawn, at 5.45am near the London Eye, setting off before Big Ben chimes 6am. We walked through the West End, Mayfair and Soho and were almost certainly the only people in Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and Regent Street.
As the sun came up we visited a rare open cafe to enjoy a coffee and breakfast.
We then set off for the City of London and the South Bank, stopping for Christmas lunch en route, before returning to the West End before the pubs started to close from around 4pm.
This epic 10-mile walk over 9 hours took us through three London boroughs and the City of London. As well as the familiar sights, our intrepid guests saw and heard about plenty of things that aren’t in the guidebooks and wherever possible I customised the walk to include the interests of everyone in the group.
There were regular breaks and plenty of complimentary festive treats during the day. Everybody taking part also received a unique souvenir from the Christmas Day Grand Tour.
My Christmas Day walks took place annually from 2011 to 2018.