12 Dec Christmas in London: What to expect
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with the latest figures suggesting that London attracts more than 19 million people each and every year.
At Christmas, it would be fair to say that things are taken up a notch. Like a lot of capital cities, this is where London really goes to town and becomes one of the go-to destinations around the festive period for those looking to get away in December.
If you haven’t visited London before during December, and are considering it, take a read of today’s guide to see what might be on the agenda when you do so.
The crowds are not exaggerated
We’ve spoken about the tens of millions of tourists that descend on London throughout a year but don’t forget that December sees a large percentage of these visitors hit the city.
Let’s not forget that Christmas tends to be one period of the year where a lot of people have got time off work – and that’s all over the world. As such, the number of tourists here is huge, and this might be something to take into account if you are travelling with family. In other words, you might want to visit some of the areas which are more equipped to deal with such numbers, with Covent Garden being one of the best examples.
The sales are there for all to see
One only has to question the retail industry to hear about how Black Friday has transformed the sales picture in the United Kingdom (and the world for that matter). From this point, right until January, the stores are full of huge sales. With London having pretty much every brand that you can think of, it means that anyone who is travelling for shopping purposes is very well catered for.
For families, it can be second to none
Some people might be put off due to the large crowds that are attracted to the capital, but for the purpose of families, you really couldn’t choose a better destination.
London is regarded as a premier family destination at the best of times, but as soon as December arrives the choices simply multiply again. There are pantomimes left, right and centre, while the Christmas lights are some of the best in the world. With Santa seemingly waiting in every shop, the kids really are spoilt for choice.
Wrap up warm
Following on from the above, we do have some final advice to heed. Some of you will be hitting the Big Smoke from afar, and perhaps from countries who are in the middle of summer (or, from countries which are generally warmer than the UK all-year round). It’s at this point that it’s most definitely being made aware of the temperature. You might be surrounded by millions of people, but winters in the UK seem to be getting colder, so make sure you wrap up properly to fully immerse the effects of London.