8 Days of Christmas in London

This is my itinerary for my 8-day Christmas trip to London last year from 25 December to 01 January.

 

Day 1: Christmas Day

Hop on, Hop off around London or just walk around.

London Itinerary Christmas Day

There is no public transport in London on Christmas Day but some companies offer a hop-on hop-off bus service at a more expensive price than normal days. Since there are almost no cars on the streets of London, it is a perfect day to just go and walk around. I was surprised that even though there was no public transport, there are still a lot of people on the streets!

 

Day 2:

St. Paul’s Cathedral

London Itinerary St Paul's Cathedral

Address: St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

Website: www.stpauls.co.uk

Transportation:

Nearest underground stations: St. Paul’s, Mansion House, Blackfriars, Bank

Nearest train station: City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Liverpool Street

Entrance Fee: £18 (not covered by the London Pass)

 

Westminster Abbey

London Itinerary Westminster Abbey

Address: 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA

Website: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/

Transportation:  Nearest underground stations are St. James’ Park and Westminster

Entrance Fee: £18 (covered by the London Pass)

 

Winter Wonderland

London Itinerary Winter Wonderland

Address: Winter Wonderland Hyde Park London W2

Website: http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Transportation: Nearest underground stations are Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Greenpark, Victoria, Paddington

Entrance Fee: Free. Separate charges for rides, games and attractions

Read about the fun I had at Winter Wonderland here.

 

Day 3:

Greenwich

London Itinerary Greenwich

You can visit the Royal Observatory, Meridian Line, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, The 02 Arena and others.

Address: Greenwich, London

Website: http://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/

Transportation:

By Train: From Central London, take the Central Line to Bank, then change to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Greenwich

By Riverboat: The easiest is to take a boat from Westminster to Greenwich

Entrance Fee: Depends on which attraction you will visit, most are covered by the London Pass

Click here to check out what I saw at the Royal Observatory on my visit.

 

Tower of London

London Itinerary Tower of London

Address: Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB

Website: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/

Transportation:

Nearest underground is Towerhill; nearest overground is Fenchurch Street or London Bridge; nearest DLR is Tower Gateway and nearest riverboat dock is Tower Pier.

Entrance Fee: £21.50 (covered by the London Pass)

 

Day 4: Book a tour (inclusive of coach and entrance fees)

Salisbury Cathedral

London Itinerary Salisbury Cathedral

Address: 6 The Close, Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 2EF 01722 555120

Website: https://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/

Transportation: about 10-minute walk from Salisbury station

Entrance Fee:  Suggested voluntary donation of £7.50

 

Stonehenge

London Itinerary Stonehenge

Address: Near Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/

Transportation: From Central London, take the train to Salisbury station then transfer to The Stonehenge Tour bus

Entrance Fee: £16.50

 

The Roman Baths

London Itinerary The Roman Baths

Address: Roman Baths, The Pump Room, Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ

Website: https://visitbath.co.uk/

Transportation:

By train: From London Paddington Station, take the train bound for Carmarthen and alight at Bath Spa

Bu bus: Take the National Express 403 towards Street from Victoria Coach Station to Bath Bus Station

Entrance Fee: £15.50

 

Day 5: Book a tour (inclusive of coach and entrance fees)

Oxford

London Itinerary Oxford

Website: https://www.ox.ac.uk

Transportation: Take the train from London Paddington to Oxford Station or take the London Marylebone to Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations

Entrance Fee: Depends on the attraction you want to visit

 

Bourton-on-the-Water (Cotswolds)

London Itinerary Cotswolds

Website: https://www.bourtoninfo.com/

Transportation: From London Paddington station, take the train to Moreton-in-Marsh or Kingham Station, then take the Pulhams bus no 802 to Bourton-on-the-Water

 

Stratford-upon-Avon

London Itinerary Stratford upon Avon

Website: http://www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk/

Transportation: From London Marylebone Station, take the Chiltern Railways towards Birmingham Snow Hill and change trains at Warwick to Stratford-upon-Avon

Entrance Fee: Depends on the attraction you will visit; £20.25 for a pass to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

 

Day 6:

Windsor Castle

London Itinerary Windsor Castle

Address: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle

Transportation: From London Paddington station, take the train to Slough and change train to Windsor and Eton Central. This is covered by the London Pass, just show your pass to the ticket controller.

Entrance Fee: £20.50, will increase to £21.20 by 2018 (covered by the London Pass)

 

Natural History Museum

London Itinerary Natural History Museum London

Address:  Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Transportation: The nearest tube station is South Kensington

Entrance Fee: Free, but on busy days the queue might be unbearable

 

Victoria and Albert Museum

London Itinerary Victoria and Albert Museum

Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/

Transportation: The nearest tube station is South Kensington

Entrance Fee: Free

 

Day 7: New Year’s Eve

Borough Market

London Itinerary Borough Market

Address: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Website: http://boroughmarket.org.uk/

Transportation: Nearest train station is London Bridge

Entrance Fee: Free

There are a lot of things to see and eat at Borough Market, check out my post Borough Market Finds.

 

British Museum

London Itinerary British Museum

Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

Transportation: Nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road (500m), Holborn (500m), Russell Square (800m) and Goodge Street (800m).

Entrance Fee: Free

 

If you are able to, gather with the crowd near the Thames for the fireworks!

 

Day 8: New Year’s Day

London New Year’s Day Parade

London New Year's Day Parade

A perfect way to cap off your holiday in London! This is a very long parade where the different boroughs of London showcase their creations depending on the theme. You can check the parade route here.

 

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