Christmas Day in London ideas and events
Shake off that hangover and work up an appetite worthy of Christmas lunch with a morning swim in (mercifully heated) Hampton Pool, which is open from 8am to noon on Christmas Day. Waterproof Santa hat optional.
There’s nothing to make you feel snug and warm inside like seeing a bunch of brave/mad souls dive into icy water at 9am. The Serpentine Swimming Club’s Christmas Morning Race, held every year since 1864, is open to members only, so there's no risk of being tempted to join in/catching hypothermia on Christmas Day.
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.
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 scenic walks, all perfect for a festive stretch of the legs.
There are heaps of charities supporting the homeless, elderly and those with disabilities, and although they need extra hands all year round in order to support the brilliant work they do, they’re always looking for more volunteers over Christmas.
You can forget about getting the tube on Christmas Day, but there are other ways to get around the city. Whizz around London’s deserted cycle-lanes, parks and paths on a bike, while the rest of the city lounges around on the sofa.
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