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Alternative London at Christmas Time
Alternative London- what does this really mean? Well…As one of the world´s truly global cities, London is notorious for its sometimes frenetic atmosphere. This is only enhanced around the holiday season. All you have to do it is jump on the London Underground and visit Oxford Street to get a sense of this. The hunt for Xmas presents can be exhausting even before you get into the store!
Why not discover an alternative London this holiday season. Despite the usual clichés operating around winter time here, you can experience some of the most beautiful blue skies and refreshing vistas at Christmas time. Here we tell you the best places to visit. Here well tell you how to experience a truly alternative London.
Find A Base: Hyde Park
First of all, you will need to find a base from which you can explore the whole city. If you are looking at hotels in central London, MEININGER Hotel Hyde Park is a super choice. Located in South Kensington, it is near some famous attractions including the Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. It is sandwiched between South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations. Both stations are on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.
In fact, you don’t even have to get on the tube to get some space and fresh air to breathe- Hyde Park itself is a 10 minute walk from the hotel lobby. This beautiful green park feels like the lungs of London and is a great place to go and reset. You can also visit the Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.
London at Christmas Time: Park Life in London
Richmond park is just a short journey by public transport and is truly stunning. In fact, if you get a chance, you should check out all the different Royal Parks and get a real sense of the peaceful side of London at Christmas.
London at Christmas Time: Mental Tranquility in London
There are so many activities available to the traveler in London that it would take a lifetime to see and do them all! But the peaceful side of London can be experienced by visiting some of the meditation centers. They seem to be popping up all around the metropolis at the moment. They are a great antidote to the high octane energy of the city center.
An upcoming organization is called “Mind Over Monkey”. Set up by Kerry Stevenson, a UK Network-Registered Mindfulness Teacher and Coach, it is designed to help and teach those who are looking for ways to effectively deal with stress and anxiety. Meditation groups and classes are an alternative side of London. One that is not often seen by those visiting. However, it is a really effective way to actually relax on holiday!