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Things to do on Boxing Day in London

The festive fun doesn’t end after Christmas Day. Here’s our guide to Covid-friendly fun things to do on Boxing Day 2020 in London

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You’ve eaten more than you ever thought possible, watched ‘Home Alone’ for the tenth time, Zoomed more family members than you knew you had, and opened every last present under the Christmas tree. But Christmas isn’t over yet – there’s Boxing Day fun to be had.

Whether you fancy taking a winter walk through one of London’s green spaces, gawping at the city’s glorious Christmas light displays or snuggling up and streaming a panto, Boxing Day can oblige. So if you’ve watched as many ‘Royle Family’ repeats as you can handle, Saturday December 26 2020 is the time to upgrade your viewing – or even unglue yourself from the sofa, don a woolly hat and a mask and go outdoors.

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Things to do on Boxing Day in London

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london theatre, panto, theatre to stream
Photograph: Andrej Uspenski/Royal Opera House

YouTube is streaming shows from London’s best theatres

News Theatre & Performance

’Tis the season to veg out in front of the TV. And we’ll all be doing a lot more of that with London in Tier 4. Thankfully, you won’t have to be resigned to watching repeats of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ thanks to YouTube’s 12 Days of Culture programme, teaming up with ten British cultural institutions to bring theatre, dance and music into our homes. London venues taking part include the Donmar Warehouse, Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells, plus Little Angel Theatre and Unicorn Theatre for kids’ entertainment.

Christmas Lights in London: Bond Street
Christmas Lights in London: Bond Street
© Andrew Lalchan

Christmas lights in London

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London is at its most bling this time of year, when the city becomes covered in glittering decorations and glowing bulbs. There’s nothing lovelier than walking round the city taking in the sparkling sights on Boxing Day. If you live local to central London, it’s the perfect way to add some sparkle to your daily walk. Remember, always try to stay at a 2m distance from anyone outside your social bubble. 

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Osterley Park

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Osterley

This beautiful eighteenth-century mansion set in more than 350 acres of parkland is the perfect place for a Boxing Day stroll and one of the few places that remains open. Take a look around the grounds and the lovely lake while keeping that 2-metre distance. 

Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens Kew

Christmas at Kew’s glowing lights may be cancelled in light of the new Tier 4 restrictions, but Kew Gardens will still be open during the day. After all, there’s a whopping 300 acres to explore here, so social distancing won’t be hard. Take a Boxing Day stroll past the grand Victorian glasshouses, the Chinese Pagoda and wide variety of flora.

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Eltham Palace

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Eltham

Winter walks don’t get more stunning than a stroll through the grounds of Eltham Palace. So, lucky us, because it’s open on Boxing Day.

 

See London sparkle on Boxing Day

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