Londoners Guide to Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and the Christmas decorations are up and the presents are being wrapped. We are getting excited with a countdown for Christmas. London is one of the nicest places around Christmas and here is a Londoners guide to Christmas in London.

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Markets pop up around London from December till January. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a perfect place to go with a group of friends and family or with your partner. One thing that might amaze you is the free admission, you just have to book in advance if you want to use the ice rink there, and also pay for tokens to go on rides, but ticket box queuing is very short. It offers a wide variety of activities there, from shopping to food and rides. A top tip when going here, is to arrive early in the day, 15:00 – 16:00 is a good time to enter because you avoid the mass queuing. It’s perfect time because the lights around the whole park are on and it’s a great sight to see.  If you go with a group of friends that are of drinking age then there are plenty of drinking tents around made to look like German beer houses, which is perfect if you just want to go and have a drink. There are really tasty food stands around the site, you get quite a minimal choice of food, its predominately burgers and hot dogs, but if you are vegetarian there are some stands that offer vegetarian options. 2015-12-12 16.13.46 HDRThere are cash points available but they come at a fee and it’s the best idea to withdraw cash before hand, because most of the stands may not offer the option of paying with card. If you aren’t really a fan of rollercoasters or spinning rides there are plenty of small arcade stands like a skeet ball stand and a few fishing rod stands where you will always win something. When arriving here, try and avoid using transport around Oxford Street to the run up to Christmas as it just gets really busy. I would recommend getting there on foot, and avoid walking along Oxford Street all together. Also on the journey home, I would avoid all nearby tube stations, as they can sometimes be closed for the night due to engineering works most weekends.

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Christmas lights are beautiful to sight to see, and London offers some great places of viewing. Regent Street and Oxford Street offer some of the best Christmas lights. Advice when going here is to not go on weekends. If you can and have the time, then go during weeknights. Carnaby street offers some of the best lights since the last couple of years. Although Carnaby Street is a short walk, its worth seeing and taking a few pictures to capture the moment. Most lights run until early January so you have plenty of time to see them.

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Not only does Winter Wonderland offer Ice Skating but there are few other spots that offer that as well. Skate at the Somerset House rink comes around like clock work around December time. Not only is it a great place to go at night, it is open all day and you can get skating lesson there, also the kids just get a window to let them have some fun on the ice. You get to skate on the grounds of Somerset House, and see the beautiful building in all its glory. Natural History Museum has its Ice Skating rink open for another year again, you can skate right in front of the glorious museum. A great place to bring the family along for a fun weekend. Its gorgeous with the fairy lights and large Christmas tree in the middle of the ice rink. Ice Skating comes at a small cost, so do check prices before going and check if you need to pre book before you skate.

Don’t forget to countdown to all the events if you are attending any Christmas events in London or wherever you live. Why not use two of the Christmas backgrounds we have in the app. We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 


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How to stay organized.

2015 is soon coming to an end and what better resolution could there be than to get more organized! We have some brilliant tips for you to get organized and concentrate on making sure you make the most out the new year.

Tidy space Tidy mind.

The cleaner the space is around you the less cluttered your thoughts will be, those books that sit on your bookshelf that were a Christmas present and you have no intention of reading? In the box for the charity shop or re-gift it to a friend (Just not the same one that gave it to that may be a little awkward).

gift-553150_1920If it isn’t useful or beautiful why do you have it? The same goes for those shoes you never wear and that t-shirt that never fitted – there are many charities that need clothes around this time of year or you could take all the little bits you no longer want a local car boot/ garage sale and make a little extra money!

A place for everything and everything in its place.

indoors-896246_1920Do you ever have a big tidy up and then a week later your bedroom is scattered with various items once again? You need to find a place for everything! Wicker storage baskets and fashionable little wooden crates can be used to create new storage for all those miscellaneous objects around your room. A little bowl can be the new resting place for your keys and anything else you need when you’re about to rush out of the door. Little bits of storage not only make your room neat and fashionable it also means you’ll spend less time searching through packed bedside draws trying to find what you’re looking for.

Schedule your life.

It’s no secret that writing a list makes us more productive, they help us to feel less overwhelmed and more sure that we won’t forget to do anything important. Lists are great but paper lists can be lost and tend to only have the things that you need to do that day, if you only write lists day by day it can be easy to forget things that are coming up or get around to things when it’s too late. Countdown apps such as Countdown Plus can be used to count down the days to various events and things that you need to do. If you have a friends birthday coming up you can use the smart reminder feature and get notifications more frequently as the event approaches. You’ll never lose it because it’s on your phone and you’ll never forget your plans because it’ll give you a reminder.
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Keep a diary.

TeaOnce everything is scheduled into your phone and you are fully prepared for every event that you attend, start keeping a diary documenting what you’ve been doing each day and what your plans are for the following days, you’ll end up making sure you get things done just so your diary has a better narrative. Regular writing can be very relaxing and allow you to rant about the stresses of your daily life, it can also serve as a reminder of mistakes you’ve made, accomplishments you’re proud of, and great moments you want to remember. Take some time out to read over your old pages to see how much you have grown and learned from your experiences, you’ll be surprised at how much your life will change over time.  Tip: If you live with others keep your diary in a safe place such as under your mattress.

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