Hello! We've booked a flat in Chelsea for 12/23 - 12/29 with twin beds for our kids. Please help me stop obsessing over this! I know that there won't be public trans. on 12/25, but since this will be the mid-point of a three-week trip, I think that will be welcome. Can anyone help me relax and anticipate that this location will be good? Here's the flat: http://www.ivylettings.com/properties/edith-terrace/ Thanks!
Sure it will be good, why not? Relax. A little away from the center of things, but tube stations aren't far and you're between two big commercial streets, Fulham Road and Kings Road. The flat itself looks wonderful. You can spend 12/25 at "home" feasting, watching the telly, taking a walk. You'll have enough room to be comfortable. And when the tube and buses are running you can see the sights of London. Check it out on Google Earth, you can use its "street view" feature to take a virtual walk all over the neighborhood. Merry Christmas (in advance)!
I had a friend who lived just round the corner in Edith Grove and I can confirm it's a nice area. You are very near the river and, on Christmas morning (weather permitting) can easily walk to Battersea Park if your kids want to burn some energy. In terms of the river you are about halfway between the London Eye and Putney and might find this walk interesting. You could join it in the middle and do either end. http://www.thames-path.org.uk/thames_eye_putney.html Have a great trip. Alan
Christmas time in London is fabulous time to visit. Pantos, ice skating, store windows, shopping, christmas lights, midnight mass, etc. Get the exact address of the property and use Google Maps satellite and street view to see the neighborhood. Looks pleasant. After folks open their Christmas presents Londoners like to get out and stroll. You could walk along the Thames and cross the river to visit Battersea Park. The city is quiet and peaceful and all though public transport is virtually non existent walking and exploring is a great way to see things. You'll find some pubs and cafes open. Not many but a few. The multicultural population of London insures some immigrant owned properties will be open for business. Remember to do some grocery shopping on Christmas Eve day so you'll have something for Christmas dinner. Looks like there's a Tesco Express close by on Fullham.
Christmas in London is pretty good. Stock up on groceries and enjoy the day. If the kids are young enough, or even if they aren't, take them to Hamley's. Bring a credit card.
Thank you all for the kind responses! I'm so excited that I can hardly stand it :).