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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 fun things to do on Boxing Day 2019 in London

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

You've eaten more than you ever thought possible, watched ‘Home Alone’ for the tenth time and opened every last present under the Christmas tree. But Christmas isn't over yet. Christmas Day might bring London to a standstill, lots of London’s best attractions are open for Boxing Day, minus the usual crowds.

Whether you fancy taking a  winter walk through one of London's green spaces, cutting up the ice at a skating rink or taking in the city's glorious light displays, there's no reason to write off Boxing Day. So if you've watched as many ‘Royal Family’ repeats as you can handle, Thursday December 26 2019, is the time to unglue yourself from the sofa and get busy at these Boxing Day activities.

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Things to do on Boxing Day in London

Christmas Lights in London: Bond Street
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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. 


Charles Dickens Museum


One of the few museums open on Boxing Day in London, have a gander around the house where Dickens lived from 1837-39, which will be dressed in Christmas trappings for the season. Get a glimpse of how the writer worked and how people lived in Victorian London. 

Attractions, Parks and gardens

Kew Gardens

5 out of 5 stars

Go for a Boxing Day walk around the impressive botanic gardens. There are a whopping 300 acres to mosey around and loads to see here, whether you like green stuff or not. Check out the grand Victorian glasshouses, head up the Tree Top Walkway or stroll down to the Chinese Pagoda. 

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Osterley Park and House


This beautiful 18th-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. Have a peek in the beautiful staterooms before looking around the grounds and the lovely lake. 

See London sparkle on Boxing Day

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