London between Christmas & New Year:
My wife and I are looking at being in London between Christmas Day and New Year this December. I just have a few questions about that time as I'm aware things will be different during this period. We're aware that public transport doesn't run on Christmas Day, and that some places will have varying hours during this time. Our main questions are:
- Is London a ghost town during the Christmas - New Year period? We're not into the Boxing Day sales or seeing the fireworks - will there be other things to do? In particular, are small shops and cafes likely to close during this period?
- Is it worth doing day trips to towns or attractions outside of London (eg. Bath, Startford-upon-Avon, York, etc?) between Dec 27 and 30? Will shops and cafes in small towns be closed?
- We're planning to catch a flight home on Jan 1. We're aware that the subway will run on Sunday timetable. Is there anything we need to know about getting around on New Year's Day?
- Lastly, we have a choice of spending 6 - 16 Dec in London or 23 Dec - Jan 1 in London. What would be the major things we'd miss out on if we come during the later dates.
A lot of questions, so any information would be helpful. Our main concern is that we don't get stuck running between lots of small cafes and shops we want to check out only to find that they're closed. Thanks in advance for your help!
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