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Walking around central London early on Christmas morning is like stepping into a zombie movie just before the plot kicks in. The Piccadilly Circus billboards flash adverts to no one. Oxford Street is desolate, with nothing but the aura of last-minute London shopping anxiety lingering in the air from the day before. Instead of feeling bloated with traffic and besuited bankers, the City is suddenly peaceful. All that remains is a few toeless pigeons, gobbling up the last Pret sandwich crumbs on the pavement.
The London Xmas Exodus begins around December 23, a time when pass-aggy out of offices are switched on and last-minute work assignments have been filed in Crayola. The morning commute thins out, and Londoners start strutting through empty tube carriages like free-range hens. To see London on top ‘28 Days Later’ form, you’ll need to go outside late on Christmas Eve, or early Christmas Day. But there are pockets of quiet to be found over the holidays. The capital doesn’t fill to its full bulbous, overworked capacity again until January 2. Want to make the most of the Christmas abyss? We have a few ideas.
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