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Things to do on Boxing Day in London

Christmas Day might be over but the festive fun doesn't have to stop just yet...

Father Christmas may have been and gone, but the fun doesn't end there. Boxing Day in London is a great time to visit some of London's best attractions, who fire things up for the festivities. So if you've had your share of Christmas telly by December 26, grab your woolly jumper and hit the streets of London for these fun Boxing Day activities.

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Attractions open on Boxing Day

Kew Gardens

Clear the Xmas drinking fog with a breath of fresh air, literally, among the natural splendour of Kew Gardens. You can also Once take your Christmas tree for recycling by the arboretum team.

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EDF Energy London Eye

On a clear day the London Eye, the world's largest observation wheel, offers views as far as Windsor Castle, 25 miles away. Booking is advised but a number of tickets are held back for same-day sale on site, so it may be worth turning up and taking pot luck if you haven't booked, although weekends and school holidays tend to sell out in advance.

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South Bank

London Wetland Centre

Take the chance to discover this incredible city wildlife area comprised of an extensive landscape of lagoons, islets and pastures inhabited by birds and other animals.

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Novelty Automation

This attraction promises an intoxicating mix of end-of-pier fun and eccentric artistry. Its owner, Tim Hunkin, makes coin-operated machines, some of which were once displayed in Covent Garden, others are still at his Southwold arcade The Under the Pier Show. At his new arcade you can see such machines as Is It Art? (an expert determines whether any presented object is art), Alien Probe ('Investigate the captive alien, but try not to annoy it'), the self-explanatory Autofrisk and, best of all, the regulator-evasion game of Money Laundering.

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London Zoo

It's all happening at the zoo, which is home to more than 600 animal species. Make time to visit the walk-through aviary, the Meet the Monkeys attraction and the Animal Adventure children's zone.

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Regent's Park

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussaud's stock in trade is waxworks of the famous and infamous, plus a dark ride – 'The Spirit of London' – which provides a whistle-stop tour of London's history.

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Regent's Park

Original London Sightseeing Tour

Hop-on, hop-off, open-top bus tour covering most of tourist London on three different routes, with commentary in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese. The ticket price includes a river cruise and two walking tours.

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Trafalgar Square

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

This attraction showcases weird and wonderful items from around the world, such a 13-foot-long Tower Bridge made out of matchsticks, a piece of the Berlin Wall, shrunken heads, a copy of 'The Last Supper' painted on a grain of rice and a Swarovski crystal-covered Mini Cooper. New displays include the laser beam LaseRace.

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Piccadilly Circus
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See London sparkle this Christmas

Christmas lights in London

There's nothing like the sparkle of London Christmas lights to give the city an instant festive makeover. Why not plan an outing to gaze upon Christmas lights in London ahead of a festive spot of ice skating or hitting the Christmas shops. 

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By: Ashleigh Arnott


Bryn Dentinger
Bryn Dentinger

I'm disappointed that you didn't include Kew Gardens as a destination for Boxing Day. A welcome respite from the post-Christmas shopping madness!