What's Happening in London on Christmas Day

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What's Happening in London on Christmas Day

Although many people are at home for the Christmas festive holidays, many others decide to spend their Christmas away from home, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the City of London. Although the streets will seem quiet from traffic and tourists, Christmas Day is a great time to get some fresh air, and go out exploring the peaceful sights of London.

Public Transport on Christmas Day

There's is a total shut down of public transport on Christmas Day, however there are alternative ways to explore the city.

  • Hire a Santander Cycle and enjoy the traffic free streets of London.
  • Walk off that Christmas lunch by exploring London by foot. Enjoy the beautiful architecture, street art and beautiful London parks.
  • Jump onboard London's iconic Christmas Day Hop on Hop Bus Tour, and travel effortlessly between London's famous landmarks.
  • Taxis and minicabs will be available for hire, however it's best to book your journey beforehand, plus note that fares will be higher than usual.

London Attractions Open on Christmas Day

London's main attractions are closed on Christmas Day, with the exception of London's Royal Parks which are all open to the public on 25 December.

London's Hyde Park is home to the brave members of the Serpentine Swimming Club, who will be taking part in the annual Peter Pan Cup swimming race in the chilly waters of the Serpentine Lake.

Christmas Day Tours

Christmas Day Church Services in London

Attend one of the many Christmas Day special services in London's wonderful cathedrals and churches, including the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral, beautiful St Martin-in-the-Fields church, and historic All Hallows by the Tower and Southwark Cathedral. Remember to check timings, and arrive early, as Christmas services can be very busy and there may be limited space.

Eating and Drinking on Christmas Day

  • Plan ahead, and check that your favourite London restaurant is open on Christmas Day. Be sure to book in advance for that all important Christmas lunch or dinner.
  • If you wish to try something other than traditional roast turkey Christmas lunch, then head into Chinatown, where you will be able to sample traditional Chinese cuisine.
  • Some of London's pubs will be open for a few hours around lunchtime, but most will be closed or ticketed in the evening, so be sure to check for opening hours.
  • Hotel bars are a good bet for a drink on Christmas Day, though it's best to check with the venue in advance.

Boxing Day in London

The day after Christmas Day (26 December) is known as Boxing Day in the UK and is also a public holiday. Many attractions are still closed and there is a reduced public transport service available on this day, however there are still plenty of things to keep you entertained.