Things to do on Christmas Day in London

If you're planning to get out and about this December 25, here's a handful of ways to spend the day

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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 top 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:

Visit the home of 'A Christmas Carol'

Be taken back in time this Christmas and visit the house where Charles Dickens lived from 1837-39. Discover Dickens's life through displays of his personal belongings, paintings and his writing whilst enjoying mulled cider and mince pies. Over the Christmas period the museum will be festively decorated with greenery and authentic Victorian fayre. There will also be film screenings and readings from Dickens’s Christmas stories.

  1. 48 & 49 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX
  2. Christmas celebrations from Dec 24–26
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See London's streets sparkle

You won't find many people on the street on December 25 but the capital's stunning Christmas lights will still be sparkling. Empty pavements and bus-free views will only make a tour of the capital's best crimbo decorations all the more magical.

Walk off all the turkey and trimmings

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 most scenic walks, all perfect for a festive stretch of the legs. If you fancy a bit of history with your walk, join either the Christmas Day Charles Dickens walk or the Samuel Pepys tour.

Marvel at Ripley's mad exhibits

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. New displays include the laser beam LaseRace.

  1. The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0DA
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