At one time, most ordinary Londoners took their annual holidays on the eastern or southern English coasts. All that has changed and now the vast majority use their main annual holiday to travel to southern Europe for the sun and warmer weather. People in and around London love their individual public holidays (called “Bank Holidays” for historic reasons) and will use them to try and get a day trip into the countryside or to the coast. Failing that, if it’s a nice day, people will often head for one of the many great London parks to spend time sunbathing or picnicking. There are often bands playing in the parks and other bank holiday special entertainment treats that your Withlocals tour specialist will know all about. Another very popular holiday pastime is to visit one of the big museums or art galleries. Note that road traffic around London the night before a bank holiday or full holiday weekend, such as Easter, can be VERY busy, as everyone heads home early. Traditionally, virtually all tourist attractions were closed on bank holidays but this situation has changed a lot over recent years and today many will be open. It’s worth checking before you set off somewhere. Most Londoners with school-age children will typically take their main annual holiday in July or August. Those without younger children may select June or September when prices are a little lower. Remember that public transport in London will operate on a reduced basis on bank holidays and if you’re planning to travel a little further afield during a holiday, it’s advisable to book your seat in advance, where possible, on trains etc.
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