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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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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

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

A permanent exhibition about the history of the Bankside site on which the Elizabethan Globe Theatre has been rebuilt using 400-year-old materials and techniques, plus elegantly displayed costumes from early productions.

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South Bank
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Events on Boxing Day

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns with its array of festive shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. 

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Friday December 4 2015 - Monday January 4 2016

Bump Roller Disco

Do you love nothing more than rolling with your homies? Bump is a wooden-floored roller disco that's popping up under Hungerford Bridge as part of the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. 

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday January 17 2016

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Until Sunday January 3 2016

Christmas at Kew Gardens

The magnificent gardens get a beautiful seasonal makeover once more, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings, trails and planting. 

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Kew Gardens , Kew Wednesday December 2 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

Christmas Lights Bike Tour

A three-hour, two-wheeled trundle around the capital to see its prettiest festive illuminations. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera to capture twinkles along the way.

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Various , London Until Sunday January 3 2016

Skate at Somerset House

The grand eighteenth-century courtyard that is home to Somerset House ice rink provides a stunning location for a skating session this winter – and no matter how unimpressive your skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will look the very definition of festive fun on Instagram.

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday January 10 2016

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Our business district's soaring towers lend Canary Wharf Ice Rink an imposing backdrop, and some exciting extras help it to keep up with its extravagant surroundings. An iced path allows skaters to dash off from the main rink and glide below fairy light-laden trees.

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Canary Wharf , Canary Wharf Until Friday February 26 2016

Disney on Ice

See your favourite Disney characters glide across an enormous ice rink in the annual spectacular. 

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Tuesday December 22 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

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!