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…

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.

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Enjoy Christmas dinner in London's top restaurants

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.

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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.

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2 comments
armida t
armida t

I want to suggest some additional things to do in London on Christmas

-Disney On Ice presents 100 years of magic at The 02 - 24December 2014 - 5 January 2015

-Hogwarts in the Snow - 14th November 2014 - 1st January 2015

-Liverpool Ice Festival - 7th December 2014 - 4th January 2015

-Christmas dinner on the Thames – 25th December2014

Lucy S
Lucy S

There is an event in central London (W1) called Christmas Fitzrovia where anybody can turn up as long as they bring a children's gift to be donated to UCLH and Great Ormond Street Hospital on that same day. The event will have activities including ping pong, music, films, board games, live piano... You're encouraged to bring your own games and food to share. Check it out at http://www.christmasfitzrovia.co.uk.