What to do on Christmas Day in London

If you’re planning on coming to London for Christmas Day, chances are you’re intending on visiting friends or relatives for a traditional family Christmas dinner. However, just in case you don’t have anything to do, you may be interested to hear that a number of activities are going on around the city that day.

Most pubs will be closed on the day itself, although some will remain open and will be serving up turkey with all the trimmings, so heading to one of these could be a great way to spend the afternoon. The atmosphere is sure to be merry and sociable, making this the perfect option for anyone who doesn’t have plans yet for the big day.

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Just make sure to phone ahead as those pubs which do stay open are likely to become booked up early, so reserving ahead of time is strongly advised.

For those who have their meal sorted but don’t fancy spending the afternoon playing charades or watching The Snowman on TV then a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Piccadilly Circus could be just the tonic, with this popular attraction remaining open on Christmas Day.

The Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury will also be open for business on December 25th, and with this year marking the 170th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol there’s never been a better time to visit.

For something a little more out of the ordinary, a trip to Hyde Park to witness the Peter Pan Cup is sure to provide a Christmas to remember, with swimmers having taken to the chilly waters of the Serpentine every year since 1904.

The race itself starts at 9am in only open to members of the Serpentine Swimming Club, so unfortunately it is closed to members of the public. Just remember that tubes and buses will be running a very limited service on December 25th, so getting to central London may be a little tricky.

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