Are you someone who instantly groans at any mention of Christmas? Love it or loathe it, the season to be ‘jolly’ is almost upon us and it’s pretty hard to escape when living in London! So, rather than shutting yourself in a Grinch-sized box for the remainder of the year, take our tips and you’ll be on your way to surviving one of the craziest and most exciting months in the capital!
We’ll kick things off with an obvious one – no matter how long you put it off there’s no denying that the best way to beat the Christmas scramble is to start your prep as early as possible. Whether that’s getting ahead with your present buying before the crowds descend in their masses, or stocking up on those Christmas cupboard essentials well ahead of the big day – each small thing you tick off your list is one less thing to worry about as the day creeps nearer. A few baby steps and you’ll be on your way to Christmas success.
Anyone who’s been shopping on an empty stomach (never mind Christmas shopping), will know what a foolish idea it is. Concentration levels plummet, dizziness takes over and you end up going home with a chicken cookbook for your vegetarian sister and a hairdryer for your bald uncle. So before you face any shopping, make sure to fuel up with a substantial breakfast at one of London’s many wonderful breakfast spots. Our personal pre-shopping favourites include Hawksmoor for top quality English fry ups and The Lockhart for their carb-alicious fried chicken & waffles with maple syrup (aka – shopping energy on a plate!)
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Be reservation ready
Christmas is a time for eating, but deciding to go for an impromptu meal out in those last few weeks of the year can be tricky if you haven’t planned ahead. Tables get booked up sometimes months in advance with restaurants bursting at the seams with hungry turkey guzzlers. To make sure you’re not the one to receive the blame for ruining your Christmas party or date night, make sure to get your reservations made well in advance. You’ll thank us later.
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Check before you travel!
While many think of London as the city that never stops, some may not realise that no public transport runs on Christmas Day and there’s a limited service over the rest of the period. So before you head out on Christmas Eve for that last minute supermarket sweep, make sure to plan ahead so you don’t end up forking out for a cab home!
We’ve all been there – that dilemma you face when the outside temperatures are sub-zero but shops and public transport are comparable to a tropical country. You’re prepared for the arctic but find yourself sweating under the thermals. The answer? Layers! If you want to survive this season and its fluctuating temperatures, make sure your wardrobe is equipped with easily removable layers. We’re talking unbuttonable shirts, thin jackets, pashminas… anything you can put on and take off with minimal effort.
Got any other tips for surviving Christmas in London? Let us know in the comments!