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Things to do on Boxing Day in London

Once Christmas Day is over the festive fun doesn't have to stop. Here’s our pick of fun things to do on Boxing Day in London town for 2019

reindeer, christmas lights
By Time Out London Things To Do |

You’ve opened all your presents, filled your eyeballs with festive movies and eaten yourself into a stupor, but Christmas is far from over. Boxing Day in London is a great time to visit some of the capital's best attractions, loads of which re-open. So if you've had your share of Christmas telly by Thursday December 26 2019, get busy in London with some of these brilliant Boxing Day ideas.

We’ll be updating this page with more events for Boxing Day 2019 as they are announced.

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

Things to do on Boxing Day in London

Things to do, Walks and tours

Christmas at Kew Gardens

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew

Kew Gardens always go big for Christmas. Book tickets to see a mile-long, twinkling trail leads visitors past singing trees, kaleidoscopic projections and giant flora-inspired lights. 

Things to do, Ice skating

Skate at Somerset House

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Get your skates on and make room for turkey sandwiches at Somerset House's grand 18th-century courtyard. It's the stunning setting for an ice rink. No matter how unimpressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will be the very definition of festive fun. 

Things to do, Walks and tours

Boxing Day Walk in Richmond Park

Walk off that extra helping of roast spuds with a crisp 2-hour guided trail through Richmond Park. Awaken from your festive slumber and stretch those legs out while you take in the natural beauty and learn about London's largest park. 

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

icon-location-pin Hyde Park, Hyde Park

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun. Spend December 26 wandering past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets, sipping festive mulled drinks. 

Christmas Lights in London: Bond Street
© Andrew Lalchan
Things to do

Christmas lights in London

London 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 in the city and taking in the sparkling sites on Boxing Day. 

Venues open on Boxing Day in London

© Garry Samuels

Madame Tussauds

icon-location-pin Marylebone

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.

Attractions, Rivers, lakes and ponds

London Wetland Centre

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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.

Venue says Award-winning nature reserve in the heart of the capital. Enjoy fantastic views, wildlife, lakes, gardens. Plus shop, café and playground

Things to do, Games and hobbies

Novelty Automation

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Forget 'Frozen' and 'Shrek' and all the other animations you'll be watching 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.


The London Dungeon

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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.

© RBG Kew
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Kew Gardens

icon-location-pin Kew

Clear the Christmas drinking fog with a breath of fresh air, literally, among the natural splendour of Kew Gardens. Gates open at 10am and last entry is at 3.30pm - or visit after dark, as this year the gardens are illuminated at night with a flickering Fire Garden, kaleidoscopic projections and giant flora-inspired lights.

London Eye
Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
Things to do, Event spaces

London Eye

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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.

Museums, Specialist interest

Sherlock Holmes Museum

icon-location-pin Baker Street

Doing nothing to disabuse tourists of the belief Sherlock Holmes was a real person, this charmingly ramshackle attraction is open at 221b Baker Street. Magnifying glasses at the ready for 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.

Attractions, Zoos and aquariums

London Zoo

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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.

Attractions, Zoos and aquariums

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

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Brave the Shark Walk and waddle along with the Gentoo penguins at the London Aquarium this Boxing Day because it's open all day (9am-7pm). Just make sure you peel yourselves from a post-Chrimbo slump before 5.45pm because that's when last admissions are allowed in.

Attractions, Theme parks

Shrek's Adventure! London

icon-location-pin South Bank

Everyone loves the ugly old green beast and his gentle ways, so Shrek's Adventure! is a perfect post-Christmas day out. Kids will enjoy the old school romp and parents will no doubt revel in the opportunity to let the little ones loose, away from all the noise and relentless games playing that goes on over Chrimbo.

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