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No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

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No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

Do you all walk? Is there some other way? I am staying at Bayswater, have "tickets" for worship at Westminster Abbey and must get to Holborn area. This is 5 miles each way. If I'd known before I'd have booked closer to one of them. Suggestions?

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1. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

Book a mini cab to pick you up to get there, and one to take you back at a prearranged time, or hail a cab, or cycle on a Boris Bike.

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2. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

"Suggestions?"

Re-book to somewhere closer?

And btw it's not just public transport that closes, it's everything. Have you booked somewhere for dinner on Christmas Day?

In fairness there are some shops and restaurants that are open (London is multi-ethnic), but you'd be advised to find them before 25/12 or else you'll be humming the Ramones song "I Wanna Be Sedated" (because they didn't check in 1975). No chain stores will be open.

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4. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

Bayswater to Westminster Abbey is walkable and might even be enjoyable through the parks.

Westminster to Holborn is about 20 minutes, too

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5. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

"And btw it's not just public transport that closes, it's everything. "

It isn't. It really isn't.

Central London is awash with restaurants open on Christmas Day: churning out the fantasy that it's not is an infallible guide to the churner-outer's unfamiliarity with modern London.

Suburbanites in the London area have much the same horror of coming into town on Christmas Day that suburbanites in America have of real cities any day of the year, so they merely repeat the tired old stories someone wrote in 1974. Self-evidently, American suburbanites in London suffer extraordinarily from this problem.

The simple solution to the poster's problem is:

- Not to get fazed at the prospect of a healthy short walk (if 5 miles worries you, London's not for you anyway. You come close to 5 miles just by using the tube a lot in a day)

- Walk, mostly across the parks, to Westminster Abbey.

- then collect a Borisbike (google it), cycle over to Holborn and leave the bike at a Boris-station. Or walk. Along the north bank of the river as far as Somerset House, it's one of the world's greatest urban walks (second only to the same walk along the south bank of the river) . Because there are no buses, and the city's devoid of feckless suburbanites, it's also a terrific bike ride

- After your time at Holborn, collect a Borisbike from a Borisstation, then cycle back to Bayswater. This IS a dull walk, so bikes are the best way

Above all, though, learn to stop whining. Until you experience it you cannot begin to imagine what an extraordinary joy it is to walk from Bayswater to the Abbey, then to Holborn, on Christmas Day with your eyes properly open to what you're seeing around you. The experience is entirely the result of our transport-free policy that day.

You'll then realise that complaining about it is as absurd as us moaning about the Swiss for not bulldozing their inconvenient mountains into a nice flat motorway.

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6. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

Thank you very much for your prompt reply and advice.

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7. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

>>Not to get fazed at the prospect of a healthy short walk (if 5 miles worries you, London's not for you anyway. You come close to 5 miles just by using the tube a lot in a day)<<

5 miles just using the Tube " a lot"? I don't think so.

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8. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

Bayswater Tube to Westminster Abbey is a 3 mile walk, which is an hour's walk - no big deal unless you are infirm. Westminster to Holborn station about 25 minutes walk. There should be plenty of Boris bikes available. I often walk in London even if other transport is available - it is often as quick as the Tube/bus for journeys under a mile, you see a lot more and you get some exercise.

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9. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

"Suggestions?"

Check out www.walkit.com

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10. Re: No Underground or buses on Christmas day?

Lots of suggestions for Boris Bikes, but has anyone checked if the BB staff are working over Christmas. If not then the bikes won't be moved around to ensure they are spread evenly round town and that no station remains full.