Things to do on Boxing Day in London

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

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  1. Events in London on Boxing Day
  2. Attractions open on Boxing Day

What's on in London on Boxing Day?

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew's annual seasonal makeover is back. For 2014, a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, will wind its way through the landscape. French studio design team TILT are creating 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces (the biggest is 12 by 12 meters), designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles. We're imagining something like a neon version of Dale Chihuly's spectacular 'Gardens of Glass' installation at Kew back in 2005. 

  1. Kew Gardens
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 3
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

  • Free

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2014 from Friday November 21 at 5pm. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter.

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Spitalfields Antique and Vintage Market

Why not splash your Christmas cash at Old Spitalfields Market this Boxing Day? The covered forecourt of the modernised market offers up the usual range of fur stoles and tureens of 'retro' cutlery, but there are many diamonds to be found in the rough. Turn up at 8am to fight off the antiques dealers for the best pieces, which on our last visit ranged from a late Georgian chaise lounge (reasonable at £400) and bronze art deco mirrors. After the early morning rush, the rest of the day is quieter if you just fancy an idle browse. There's a plethora of antique furniture still available at 3pm, and often at more favourable prices as traders decide to cut losses.

  1. Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield St, E1 6DT
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Thu Jan 1
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  2. Attractions open on Boxing Day

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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!

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