December 25 is the only day of the year when the capital grinds to a halt (except for a few of the city's kitchens, that is). On Christmas Day the shops are shut, public transport stops and London's institutions and attractions keep their doors firmly locked. If you do fancy tearing yourself away from the telly, however, here are a few ways to spend the holiday around town…
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Christmas Day in London ideas and events
There’s nothing to make you feel snug and warm inside like seeing a bunch of brave/mad souls dive into icy water. The Serpentine Swimming Club’s 153rd Annual Christmas Morning Race is for spectators only, unless you want to catch hypothermia on Christmas Day.
Open 365 days of the year, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! 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. Open from 10am-midnight. Remember: bring your 3kg bag of M&Ms for the full tourist experience.
You can either keep things traditional and find one of London's top restaurants serving up fat turkeys with all the trimmings on December 25, or use the opportunity to graze in one of the capital's more international offerings. Whichever way you choose to take your Christmas dinner, here's our selection of London restaurants allowing you to sit back, relax and forget about the figgy pudding.
There's no better way to walk off a big meal (or work up an appetite for one) than by taking a brisk stroll. Step outside this Christmas Day and soak up sights of festive lights, deocrations and maybe even a sprinkling of snow. Check out our guide to London's scenic walks, all perfect for a festive stretch of the legs.