Christmas day is so close that it is hard to believe that yet another year has passed.
While many of us may spend our Christmas days inside unwrapping presents, eating biscuits and drinking tea, watching TV and spending time with family, it is actually the ideal time to get out and about, especially in London, while the streets are so quiet.
Whether you are wondering what is on offer on Christmas Day in London for tourists or you are simply wondering what to do on Christmas Day in London, here is our list of 12 things to do in London on Christmas day.
1. Go for a Stroll
A traditional Christmas Day task that many families enjoy doing (apart from those of us who hibernate indoors with a box of chocolates, opening presents and watching Christmas movies) is going out for a stroll.
This is a particularly good idea for those of you who are staying in London this year, since Christmas Day is the only day that the streets of London remain pretty much empty apart from the odd car that may drive past or a group of people also taking a relaxing walk.
So go and investigate London – the glittering lights, the street graffiti and those odd little streets that never before have you had a chance to investigate.
2. Volunteering on Christmas Day
There are plenty of volunteering opportunities occurring this Christmas, from volunteering in London Christmas soup kitchens, to looking after animals. Your help could really make someone else’s Christmas a lot brighter and happier one, compared to previous years.
Every little bit of help is greatly appreciated and it is such a rewarding experience.
3. Christmas Day Church Service
As always, many church’s hold their traditional Christmas Day services, helping to bring together friends, families and communities.
A few of the Christmas day church services in London include, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Parish Church of All Hallows by the Tower and Southwark Cathedral are all open on Christmas Day giving you a chance to sing those festive hymns.
4. Serpentine Swimming Club Christmas Day Race
You may have heard of the traditional Peter Pan cup race, where members of the Serpentine Swimming Club (the oldest swimming club in England) all take part in the 100-yard race on Christmas Day.
While only members of the Serpentine Swimming Club London who had qualified during the season can take part in this race, they still appreciate any cheer and support from people who want to watch the race.
5. Ripley’s Believe it or Not, London
If you are looking for a fun family day out on Christmas, then why not check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London?
This Ripley’s attraction is actually the largest in the world showcasing over 700 artefacts over five floors in this building.
The wonders will both amaze and shock you. From awesome sculptures of people, to strange things such as Amazonian shrunken heads.
6. Christmas Day Cruise London
Whether you fancy going out for a romantic meal with your other half on Christmas day, or feel like going out with the entire family, why not enjoy your Christmas lunch on a cruise on the River Thames?
During this lovely 3 hour and 15 minute Christmas Day cruise, you get to enjoy a festive three course lunch along with a welcome glass of sparkling wine while surrounded with Christmas decorations, music and Christmas carols.
The boat departs at Westminster Pier at 12:00pm and you can board the boat at 11:30 am. You will then return to Westminster Pier at 3:15pm.
7. Christmas Morning 1660 – Samuel Pepys’ London
Christmas morning back in 1660, for those of you who may not have heard of the story, was actually a pretty special day in England, since it was the first time in eight years that Christmas was celebrated once again. Banned between the years of 1652 and 1660, Oliver Cromwell claimed that Christmas was simply a pagan tradition which he did not believe in, so prevented the public from enjoying this wonderful celebration.
Once Charles II was in charge in 1660 Christmas finally returned and it is needless to say that it was no doubt a very special celebration.
Diarist, Samuel Peppy started his journal in 1660 and it is an enjoyable read, which is why we will follow his footsteps on Christmas Day.
Feel like being part of this very special tour, finding out all of the interesting details of Samuel Pepys’ diary? Well book your tickets and meet by the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree at 11am on Christmas Day!
8. Christmas Day Charles Dickens London Walk
We should all know about Charles Dickens’ story, The Christmas Carol (1843) for he is the person who gave Christmas more of a reason to be celebrated for the magic and family presence that it gives us.
On this tour, we follow the Charles Dickens London tour through the Victorian alleyways and hideaways, delving into the deeper and darker side of London through Dickens’ stories and novels.
If you want to be part of this festive tour getting lost in Charles Dickens’ Victorian London, then be sure to book your ticket and meet everyone at 2pm at the big Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.
9. Ice Skating in London
If you have always fancied doing a bit of ice skating on Christmas day, then now is your chance. JW3 200-square-metre ice rink in West Hampstead will be open on Christmas Day and is the perfect way for your family to spend some quality time together, laughing as you watch each other slip, slide and fall.
Child (under 12): £7.50
Family (two adults and two children OR one adult and three children): £32
Penguin stabiliser: £5
Banana toboggan: £5
10. One Day Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
Whether you are new to the London area, or want to celebrate your Christmas day seeing the sights of London, the One Day Hop on Hop off Bus Tours will be on during Christmas day.
If you are unsure of where to go on Christmas Day, then on this London sight-seeing bus there are over 60 stops on the three different routes during the city tour meaning you shouldn’t get bored.
There will be plenty of sightseeing on this London city tour, from Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral, to Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square.
The tour bus departs every 15-20 minutes (or every 5-10 minutes at the main tourist points) and the bus journey starts every 30 minutes between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm. (You can join the journey from any of the bus stops which are signposted Golden Tours Hop on Hop Off/London Tour Bus).
So book your tickets today and enjoy this fun journey of city sightseeing on Christmas day!
11. Grab a Bite to Eat
If you don’t feel like cooking this Christmas day, then you will be pleased to hear that there are still a few pubs and restaurants open during this festive season along with majority of Chinatown London restaurants staying open.
Restaurants such as The Park Kitchen, The Steak and Lobster Heathrow, along with Palm Court at The Langham, London are all open, ready to cook your Christmas Day lunch in London 2016, along with many restaurants, so make sure you get those reservations in quick!
12. La Soiree London
Are you looking to get out to watch an amazing show? Then why not book your tickets to see La Soiree on the 25th December?
Recommended for ages 18+ this stunning performance is a wondrous mix of cabaret, circus side-show and new burlesque.
Doors open from 8pm and the performance starts at 9pm, ending at 1:30am. No re-admittance to the venue is allowed after 10pm.
Their shows have an ever-changing line up which include some of the best acts in the world, along with guest appearances (these include both acclaimed local and international artists).
The line up for their show can be featured online but is always subject to change.
If you want to see this stunning performance (winner of the Olivier Awards 2015) then book your tickets online now.