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Things to do on Christmas Day in London

Having a different kind of Christmas Day than you planned? Here are our top picks for fun Covid-friendly things to do in London and from home on December 25.

By Time Out London Things To Do and Rosie Hewitson

In non-pandemic times, December 25 is the only day of the year when London well and truly grinds to a halt. Things are already quiet now we’re in Tier 4. But, you don’t necessarily have to spend Christmas Day flicking through classic films on telly and scoffing enough to physically incapacitate yourself (we’ve probably all done more than enough of that already in 2020!) Get out of your PJs, put on your woollies for a socially-distanced walk, or shake up your viewing schedule with an online theatre show. Here are some things you can get up to on Christmas Day in London.

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Christmas Day in London ideas and events

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 still open from 8am to noon on Christmas Day (Tier 4 restrictions mean you must book a place in advance). Waterproof Santa hat optional. 

Mayfair Molton Street Christmas Lights
Mayfair Molton Street Christmas Lights
Photograph: Doug Peters/PA Wire

See London's streets sparkle

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 daily walk. Remember, always try to stay at a 2m distance from anyone outside your social bubble. 


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