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Chrsitmas 2006 in London - Food?

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1. Posted by Vootie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hey folks
I’m traveling to London with my family to spend Christmas and New Years.
We don’t have family of friends there. We just wanted to get away from out respective families. ;)
We’re traveling with our 4 kids (17, 16, 12, & 10) and are concerned about finding something to eat on Christmas Day. Can anyone tell us if London has any restaurants or fast food available on Christmas day? I really don’t want to spend a fortune in a restaurant where the kids won’t find something to eat.
I know Indian restaurants are known to be open, is the same true for Chinese restaurants?
Any suggestions would be great!

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Now l have never spent Christmas in London but l am going on experience of the rest of the UK. Many big hotels will do a Christmas lunch but you need to pre-book in advance. Here in Northern Ireland you are looking at a cost of around £60 STG per adult for food and drinks as with most things in London l would suggest it would be more expensive!

I would suggest you contact a few hotels and see their costs as l would imagine they have already opened for Christmas bookings!

I hope this is OF some help!

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Now l re-read your post as for fast food restaurants that lm not sure - you will get some 24 hour garages and corner shops open!!

4. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

heya, I'm living in London, and have been here since last Nov. Spent Christmas here, and it wasnt as joyous as I imagined it to be. ah damn, but nontheless, no worries, Chinese restaurants are opened then (yeh Chinese pple work ALL the time!) and they'r cheap and good in Chinatown. n you'r right, Xmas dinners all over London - restaurants, hotels, etc are freakin expensive. that's all i can offer! Nell

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6. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 10y

I spend Xmas in London last year and i have to say. Xmas day most things are CLOSED!!!

We walked around a lot that day (public transport doesn't go on xmas) and only found 1 coffee place, 1 fish and chips, pasta restaurant and a subway that was open. And half of those also closed before dinner time. So don't expect to much if you don't book before.

7. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

How weird... in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire we have a few resturants open for a full XMAS dinner...all the works... you gotta book though... london is an hour away from bedfordshire btw if you decide to come up this way...meals about £15 each

8. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

I spent a very romantic Christmas in London many moons ago -- of course, when you are young, don't have much money, and newly in love, then every adventure tends to be romantic.

I remember in the pre-shopping days being batted at by a woman with an umbrella for going up the wrong side of the steps at Harrod's. The days right before Christmas can be very busy in the stores and the Londoners stress out just as much as the Americans do (for example). The mornings were overcast and not terribly cold, afternoons clearer and somewhat colder (but not by much).

As I recall, shops and most restaurants were closed on Christmas and Boxing Day, but as someone mentioned, some ethnic restaurants (including the always excellent Indian restaurants) were open.

We were staying in "Mr. Morgen's Boarding House" (probably 15 pounds for two at the time) and used the window ledge as our refrigerator. Our nearest station was "Goodge", so you can see that the location was excellent. I think today such a room might cost a little more (and hopefully has a better matress). :)

In short, it is worth doing a little advance planning a day or two beforehand, to see what's available and what you want to do. This includes deciding on activities, as the actual days of Christmas and Boxing Day can otherwise be a little lonely (unless you are newlyweds together). :-)

You might check with your hotel or B&B; with a little advance purchasing you could even celebrate your own Christmas (or otherwise) there (though perhaps not with a roast turkey).


(Hmmm, maybe I should add that my experiences are from about twenty years ago.) :)
Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 21, 2006 12:31 PM by pfeiffer ]