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Take a tour of London as a ghost town

Written by
Claire Tayler

For one week, every Christmas, London dramatically empties. With lots of city-dwellers heading to visit family, the festive period is the perfect time for anyone left in the city to treat it like a personal playground. We're not at all weirded out by the creepy emptiness of it all - not at all. Here are some favourite locations looking like a spectacular ghost town.

Photo by John Vincent

"And then the apocalypse came." For any brave Londoner braving the ghost city, this famous view of Piccadilly Circus deserted on Christmas Day would be our first destination. 

Photo by Zoltan Gabor 

Take a wander up Regent Street to enjoy the Christmas lights in the beautiful, eerie creepy silence.


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The shops are yours for the taking! Now's a good time to set up camp for the Boxing Day sales.


Morning peak hour on the northern line. On Christmas Eve. 🙄 #emptylondon

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Hop on the tube at peak hour and this will be your busiest commute.

 Photo by Narrotographer

If you've ever walked down the Embankment in the depths of winter or height of spring, on a sunny day, rainy day or day with the letter 'Y' in it, you'll be doing the same automatic deep breath of joy that we do on seeing this view.

 Photo by John Vincent 

In Covent Garden, you've got the entire covered shopping centre to yourself.


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You can enjoy the giant Christmas tree as much as you like.

Finally, time to pop to your local to admire if from the outside and wander down another deserted alleyway.

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