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.
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.
"Shop till you drop" most retailers start their January sales on Boxing Day.