We celebrated Christmas in London after our visit to the German Christmas Markets. Don’t get me wrong, I loved London at Christmas-time, but EVERYTHING was closed. December 25 was Christmas, the 26 was Boxing Day, and the 27 was a bank holiday. We had no idea things would be closed for the 27. Since everything was closed on Christmas, we did a tour to Bathe, Cotswolds, and Stonehenge for the day. It was a jam-packed day, but it made the most of our limited time in London. Otherwise, we would have been sitting in our hotel since everything was closed.
My favorite part of the tour was Cotswolds. It stole my heart. Limestone draped the town. I was ready to move in, if they’d have me. The tour also covered Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was from. This town was also very cute with flower boutiques and an antique style. We ended at Stonehenge, which surprise surprise was also closed. However, we were able to see it from the road, we just could not enter.
The next day was Boxing Day. No matter if you are a fan or not, you MUST go to an English Premiere soccer game. The atmosphere is unlike any other. Ian and I took the train to Liverpool to watch a Liverpool game, as that is our team. The stands roared with Liverpool pride. I have never seen so many serious fans in my life!
The next day we putzed around London. We first walked through Hyde Park at sunrise. Nobody was around as we took in the ice coated Winter Festival. We did not have time to attend this festival, but seemed like a fun time if you are in London for the holiday. Another thing we were unable to do, which I wish we had time to do, was an English Christmas high-tea.
We did make time for Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum, and the Tower of London to see the Royal Jewels. I wish we had more time at the Tower of London. It is gem, no pun intended! With tickets, the line to enter the Royal Jewels was over an hour. We luckily had incredible views of the sunset over the Tower Bridge. Our night ended with a double-decker bus ride back to our hotel.
Our last day in London, we spent around Piccadilly. Christmas decor lit up the town and there were so many fun stores to enter like Harrod’s. Do not miss out on seeing this store! It was then time to take the chunnel from London to Paris for my birthday.
If you plan on going to London for the holiday, do your research. Ensure the places you want to hit are open. I would also confirm their bank holidays. Additionally, it is freezing during December. Bundle up and prepare to spend way too much money on a hotel, but it will be worth it!