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A Nice Idea for Christmas by Matthew Franklin

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One of our teachers, Matthew, has put together some advice for any students spending Christmas in London.

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Being far from home at this festive time of year can be a bit lonely, so how can you avoid getting the Christmas blues?

Many people who usually live and work in London leave the city over Christmas so it can be a good time for a spot of sight-seeing without the crowds.

On Christmas Day itself there is no public transport and taxis are very expensive so you’ll either have to walk or cycle around the city. I recommend hiring a bike from Transport For London ( It’s cheap and very convenient as you can pick up and drop off your bike from numerous locations around the centre. Click here to find your local pick-up point.

Christmas Day is perfect for cycling through the heart of the city on streets that would normally be clogged with traffic.  It’s amazing what interesting sights you notice when you’re not distracted by avoiding being hit by a bus!

If touring the unusually quiet roads doesn’t appeal,  my other tip is to do what most Londoners do and go to the pub.  Not every pub opens on Christmas Day,  but those that do are generally welcoming havens of warmth and conviviality.  Find yourself a seat by the fire,  cosy up with a glass of hot mulled wine or spiced cider and you’ll soon find yourself chatting with the locals.  Cheers!


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