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London on Christmas Day

Jane Ryan
London on Christmas day. You hear rumours of an eerily empty city centre, a London ghost town where the monuments stand abandoned. Somewhat sadly no international city ever really shuts down though, and London on the 25th of December keeps on ticking over. Which does mean if you're celebrating an orphans Christmas in the capital this year (or can drag your family away from food comas on the couch) you can enjoy a homemade roast Turkey followed by an expertly made Martini in some of the world's best bars.
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    Coburg bar at The Connaught

    Location

    The Connaught, Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

    Times

    Mon 08.00-23.00 Tue-Sat 08.00-01.00 Sun 08.00-23.00

    This is the Connaught's lesser-known cocktail bar but is equally as wonderful, and on Christmas Day, is perhaps even a notch better. It'll be a sleepy day in this richly decorated bar where the deep armchairs are flanked by a cosy fire place, making it the ideal setting to relax and relish in your food coma. Order a stiff drink, something brown and stirred down and sip on a delight Christmas cocktail. It's cosy, intimate and going to get boozy.

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    Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

    Location

    The Savoy Hotel, Carting Lane, London, WC2R 0EU

    Times

    Mon-Sat 5pm-1am Sun CLOSED

    The Savoy on Christmas Day is a place of quiet luxury and we're headed for the dark and luxurious Beaufort Bar. Disregard the opening hours above, this bar will only be open from 11.30pm-7pm on the 25th, which suits us just just fine. Normally we try and snag one of the few seats at the bar but today it's Christmas and we're headed for a relaxing armchair and something strong and whisky-based. Let the hours slide by as you enjoy the well-made cocktails and the dark gilded room. Before you completely fall asleep we've one last stop to make. Which means heading out the Thames-side exit and walking across the river - a magical site on Christmas Night.

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    Dandelyan

    Location

    Mondrian Hotel, 22 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD

    Times

    Mon-Thu 16.00-01.00 Fri-Sat 12.00-01.30 Sun 12.00-00.30

    Those floor-to-ceiling windows gazing out to St Paul's Cathedral are the absolute cherry on the cake for this Christmas Tour. Crisp and deep and even indeed. We're starting with something enlivening from their botany-themed menu and seeking more bone-relaxing armchairs as we enjoy the last few hours of Christmas. If you've found your stomach slowly emptying over the evening then order a few snacks before staggering to Blackfriars for that uber home. Merry Christmas.

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