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Christmas in London

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Visions of firelit Cotswolds country inns, shopping at Harrod's, and carols in the Royal Albert Hall make England—especially London—a potent draw at Christmastime.

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Inspired by: Christmas in London — by Alice Gordon, Published Nov. 2007

Hotels (5)

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    The Village Pub

    This cozy B&B doubles as a gastropub. The interior is adorned with a mishmash of old wooden chairs and large Oriental rugs. It's laid back and unde

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    Covent Garden Hotel

    In the heart of Covent Garden and Theatreland, this secret retreat comes with a fabulously artsy milieu. The spacious 58 bedrooms and suites give a

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    The Milestone Hotel

    This stately red-brick Victorian hotel with plush, antiques-filled interiors, opposite Kensington Palace has 57 rooms, 6 apartments, 1 restaurant,

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    The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection

    With a prime address on Park Lane facing Hyde Park, this grande dame embodies a posh formality that’s attracted Prince Philip (who held his bachelo

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    Barnsley House

    The 17th-century Barnsley House was recently the dwelling of Rosemary Verey, the late author and landscape architect (her clients included Elton Jo

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Restaurants (5)

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    Story Deli

    Now open in its new location on Bethnal Green Road, fun and funky Story Deli remains one of London’s top spots for flavorful, inventive pizza. Pies

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    Cigala

    A bit of Spain in the heart of London, Cigala was inspired by the owner’s mother, who lived in Granada for 30 years. A passion for Spanish food and

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    Brasserie Max

    Located in London’s Covent Garden Hotel, Brasserie Max is somewhat of a celebrity haunt, and with good reason. The food is familiar, yet flavorful;

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    St. Alban

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    Zaika

    At the threshold of Kensington High Street, this upscale Indian destination occupies the former shell of a British bank, which is apropos as the me

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Activities (7)

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    Harrods

    Established in 1849, Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in the world. Located on Brompton Road, the massive seven-story, high-end

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    Theatre Royal Stratford East

    Situated in the Stratford neighborhood, this restored Victorian theater produces an average of seven shows each year, as well as a pantomime and on

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    Royal Albert Hall

    Established in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall fulfilled Prince Albert’s vision for a central hall to promote the arts and sciences. Located in South K

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    Geffrye Museum

    Taking visitors on a journey through time, the Geffrye Museum offers a unique look at English middle-class life from the 1600s to present day. Loca

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    Dennis Severs House

    Inside this 1724 Georgian residence is a “still-life drama” created by late American artist Dennis Severs. Severs, who lived here from 1979 until h

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    Lunchtime Concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

    It's common knowledge that many of London's greatest museums—the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Tate Modern—don’t charge admission, but don

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    Daylesford Organic Farmshop

    In addition to farmshop Daylesford is also a garden store, yoga studio, spa, and designer clothing boutique. For more than 20 years, the owners hav

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