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Things to do on Christmas Day in London

You probably have plans for Christmas Day. But apart from eating/drinking/snoozing, there are things to do in London

Chris Waywell
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Chris Waywell
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication, but please check with venues before you head out

December 25 is really the only day of the year when London well and truly grinds to a halt (in the best possible way). But if you baulk at the idea of imposed downtime, you can get out into the city and do stuff. You can certainly take a wander around a city that is almost empty of people. Then you can head home and eat and drink and watch TV. Here are some of the things you can get up to on Christmas Day in London.

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

Christmas Day in London ideas and events

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. If you live local to central London, it’s the perfect way to add some sparkle to your Christmas day walk.

Go for a dip in Hampton Pool
  • Sport and fitness
  • Hampton

Shake off that hangover and work up an appetite worthy of Christmas lunch with a morning swim in (the mercifully heated) Hampton Pool, which is open on Christmas Day (you need to book a place in advance). Waterproof Santa hat optional. 

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Cycle around the city

You can forget about getting the tube on Christmas Day, but there are other ways to get around the city. Whizz along 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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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens

Yes it's cold out. Yes the trees will soon be bare. But we're lucky to have some amazing parks in London, and walking around in them (as long as you live close by) is one of the nicest things to do on Christmas day. So get out there and enjoy some bracing green space. 

Find more fun during the festive period

Things to do on Boxing Day in London
  • Things to do

Father Christmas may have been and gone, but the fun doesn’t end there. Boxing Day in London is a great time to visit some of London’s best attractions, many of which fire things up for the festivities. 

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