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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 the capital'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 with some of these brilliant Boxing Day ideas. 

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Things to do on Boxing Day in London

Boxing Day parties in London

Even if you are the biggest fan of Christmas and started wearing Santa socks in late October, by Boxing Day it is time to say no more. Head out to dance off those tins of Quality Street on what is fast becoming one of London's biggest nights to rave. Here's our selection of the best places to boogie on Boxing Day.

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By: Amy Smith

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

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

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Wednesday January 25 2017

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. This year's theme is 'LuminoCity' and over eight km of LED lights will be sparkling under the ice and swathing skaters in colour. Sessions run from 10am-8pm and there's a heated outdoor viewing terrace for those who don't fancy skating or just need a snack-fuelled break from the ice.

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Canada Square Park , Canary Wharf Until Saturday February 25 2017

Venues open on Boxing Day in London

Madame Tussauds

Once you're done with stuffing the turkey, go and hang out with something else stuffed at Madame Tussaud's (open 10am-6pm). Their 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

London Wetland Centre

The early bird gets the worm and other forms of wildlife at west London's Wetland Centre. Hiding amid the extensive landscape of lagoons, islets and pastures are all manner of birds, including kingfishers, snipes and redpolls, plus box-tree moths, speckle wood butterflies, common darter dragonflies, the harlequin ladybird and many more species.

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Barnes

Novelty Automation

Forget 'Frozen' and 'Shrek' and all the other animations you'll be watchign on your telly boxes this season. Take in some old school animation at Novelt Automation's 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.

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Holborn

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

This 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, is on all year round, but the chances are you never have time to visit it. Amiright? Well this festive bank holiday serves as the perfect chance to visit as the exhibition is open 9am-5pm and also features elegantly displayed costumes from early productions.

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South Bank

The London Dungeon

Shake off that festive feeling and delve into the depths of this Medieval-style horror museum. There are gory waxwork displays of plagues, tortures, executions and other grisly reminders of the not so distant past.

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South Bank

Kew Gardens

Clear the Christmas drinking fog with a breath of fresh air, literally, among the natural splendour of Kew Gardens. You can also take your Christmas tree for recycling by the arboretum team.Gates open at 10am and last entry is at 3.45pm, but given the vastness of the grounds, the earleir arrive the more you'll be able to take in.

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Kew

London Eye

When better than Boxing Day to hop on the world's largest observation wheel to get a good nosey at the city while the majority of its inhabitants rest? On a clear day you can even see 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.

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South Bank

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Can't wait for the 'Sherlock' special on New Year's Day? Then swot up on the Baker Street detective by visiting his digs. There you'll find murder weapons, Victoriana, waxworks depicting scenes from the stories and an august person wearing a bowler hat and whiskers going by the name of Watson.

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Marylebone

London Zoo

While everyone else is chilling at home after a hefty day of festivities, join the animals who'll be out and about at London Zoo. It's home to more than 600 animal species, so make time to visit most of them, if not all. The walk-through aviary, the Meet the Monkeys attraction and the Animal Adventure children's zone are all worth a look-in.

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Regent's Park

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

This attraction is open every single day, so even if you wanted to get out of the house on Christmas day you could head to Ripley's to see the weird and wonderful items. But no one wants to slope off the sofa on the hallowed of all days do they? So trip down the day after to gawp at bizarre things from around the world, such as 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.

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Piccadilly Circus
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See London sparkle on Boxing Day

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: Time Out London Things To Do

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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!