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Looking for Hotel & Activities in London for Christmas

I know the trains are not working on Christmas, so we want to be as close to attractions as possible. Family of 4--with two older teens. We'd like a hotel with character that isn't too expensive, but must be clean, etc. Would love recommendations on where to eat as well. It is our first time, so I appreciate all pointers you can give!

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There are two Club Quarters hotels within easy walking distance to many sights. Our friends like the one at Trafalgar Square, just a block or so from the magnificent lighted Norway spruce and the nightly caroling. Big Ben, Buck Palace, St. Martins-in-the-Fields concerts and their great cafe in the crypts are an easy walk as is the Thames. We've never stayed at the Club Quarters at St. Pauls but again, most sights are an easy walk from there as well. Covent Garden is also close by if you are there before Christmas day and want to shop. There are Christmas markets usually along the river selling seasonal foods and drinks. There are pubs, hotels, and wine bars in the area that might be serving the special Christmas dinners, which require reservations most likely. This early you can keep watch on the offerings at the Royal Albert, one of our absolute favorites at Christmas time, with lively performances by the London orchestras, various professional choirs, and audience participation in singing Christmas favorites. Last year we stayed at the Premier Inn Covent Garden, an inexpensive alternative just a block or so from Trafalgar Square. Be sure and check out the various websites.

For eats try Gordon's Wine Bar, the Lord Moon of the Mall, Chandos, the cafe in the National Portrait Gallery, Champagne and Fromage, and St. Martins-in-the-Field 's Cafe in the Crypts, plus many others in Covent Garden. the Cafe in the Crypts and Gordon's are our favorites. All have websites.

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Its not only the tube but busses as well. Even cabs although pretty certain some unlicensed cabs will be waiting to earn outrageous fares from unsuspecting, desperate tourists.

Nothing will be open on Christmas Day so if you were thinking about riding the London Eye, visiting the Tower of London, shopping, etc. its not going to happen. Make certain your family knows and understands that.

As far as hotels try the Premiere Inns.

I'd also post this on the England Forum. More likely to get more responses.

I've PM'd you. Check your Spam.

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On Christmas Day London taxis will be on the most expensive basic tariff plus an additional £4. If you can find one; best pre-book if you need one.