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Ho Ho Ho! Christmas season is the busiest season in any of the airports in the United Kingdom and the atmosphere at Heathrow Airport cannot be described otherwise. Hundreds and thousands of passengers are on holiday and the deluge of people can seem endless and especially when you are one of them. Tada!
Travel during Christmas
With the influx of passengers and flights increasing during Christmas season, travellers need to plan ahead for transit and allow more time for travelling between destinations. Rail links and National Express services may or may not reduce your transfer worries during Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Most often Heathrow Express nor the Heathrow Connects will run through Paddington Station in London. The Official one-day rail closure on December 25 is sure to hamper your travel in and around London.
Heathrow Express train leaves Paddington station at about 8.30 pm on Christmas Eve and the train does not ply later until 29th December. The frequency between train timings is approximately around every 30 minutes from December 29th 2016 till January 2nd 2017 and Heathrow Connect will just run to Terminals 4 and 5 from 25th to 29th December 2016, and at a 30 minute interval from the 29th December 2016 till the 1st January 2017.
The London underground starts reducing its services on Christmas Eve at 8:00 pm and does not resume to its frequent timings until Boxing Day.
Things to do around Christmas in London
Nevertheless, there is so much happening that you might like to be part of. You might want to partake in the festivity while you are in town or between flights. Every place will be lit up with stunning decorations and there is plenty to do even if you are on a budget. There are many places of interest that are free and you can easily plan ahead if you chose to visit them.
Being around the city would be better considering the climate, though you can consider a visit to the Brighton Coast, Salisbury, Oxford or Winchester. Brighton can keep you actively engaged with activities including beach sports, bike rides, walks tours, vineyard visits or breweries to taste English wine in the Sussex countryside.
You can visit Oxford Christmas Market to experience a pleasant Christmas. You’ll find carol singers, traders offering unique and curious handmade gifts as you breathe in the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon which surely will uplift the festive spirit of the season.
A visit to the countryside can be quite difficult considering it starts to get dark by 4:00PM and with occasional showers it might be just slushy for walking.
Carol singing in Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral can be included in your itinerary if you want to enjoy the true Christmas fervour. Shopping can be fun with offers and sales galore in London and the neighbourhood. Best bargains are sure, in the neighbourhood and the best places for shopping are Covent Garden, Westfield, Westend, Regent Street and the luxury outlets in and around Kings Road and Bond Street.
Saving Grace- Heathrow Airport Taxi Service
With all these in mind, the most efficient and comfortable way to get around would be to contemplate on taking Heathrow Airport Taxi Services or hire minicabs as they are available 24/7.
The reduced public transport services can cause delays and discomfort if you need to transit between airports and there is always the fear of missing a connecting flight. You might want to visit any place in London to spend the Christmas festive period.
With a rush of passengers travelling to visit places, there is an increased demand for Airport taxi Services as they are most often the only source of transport available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It can be convenient for you if you can plan well in advance to avoid the last minute rush or unavailability of vehicles. If you are a visitor to London for the Christmas season you can pre-book a taxi service or minicab to make the most of your travel needs with ease.
Taxis are just a call away or simply booked with us using our simple online portals and ensuring a safe and stress free travel in standard vehicles suitable for your needs. To and from Heathrow Airport all flights will be monitored by our dedicated staff to ensure on time and door-to-door pickups and drop offs at an attractive price.
You can jingle all the way!
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