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Deck the Halls in London

Emily Nathan Dashing through the bay in Hawaii.

Photo: Emily Nathan

The city’s incomparable sparkle could put any Scrooge in touch with his inner Cratchit. Watch a pantomime at the Hackney Empire—a thousand rotten jokes and a happy ending guaranteed. Tour Charles Dickens’s holly-swagged house. And take care of your gift list at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new state-of-the-art shop.

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Inspired by: Holidays Away! | T+L Family — by Marialisa Calta, Published Nov. 2006

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    Landmark Trust

    Established by Sir John Smith as a building preservation charity, this organization restores and rents more than 190 landmark residences in Britain

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    The Goring

    This 69-room family-run hotel deftly balances glitz and English charm. Minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, the century-old pile has long been roya... More
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    Knightsbridge Hotel

    The look is traditional English contemporary—bold patterns and plumped-up pillows meet granite-and-oak bathrooms and sandstone fireplaces—at this 4

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Activities (6)

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    Charles Dickens Museum

    While living in this historic house, Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, his sister-in-law Mary died at 17, and he welcomed two daugh

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    Hackney Empire

    Known for his work on other theatres, incluing the London Coliseum and London Paladium, architect Frank Matcham designed this theatre in the Hackne

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    Somerset House Ice Rink

    Located in the 18th-century courtyard in front of the Neoclassical Somerset House, this outdoor ice rink is a wintertime tradition on the south sid

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    Kew Gardens

    Since the Royal Botanic Gardens were established in 1759 by Princess Augusta, they’ve expanded from nine acres to more than 300; Victorian-era gree

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    Fortnum and Mason

    For quintessentially English products (edible and non), head to this purveyor of high-quality provisions; it’s been in business for more than 300 y

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    Victoria and Albert Museum

    Within this labyrinthine collection of stately buildings covering 12 acres lie more than 27,000 pieces and 43,000 photographs: everything from Celt

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