Things To Do In London On Boxing Day 2018

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Things To Do In London On Boxing Day 2018

Looking for things to do once Christmas Day is out of the way? Just want to get out of the house and away from the Monopoly/cheese board? Take a look at these things happening in London on Boxing Day.

If you're looking for other things to do in London over the festive period, take a look at our guide to Christmas in London.

Somerset House is one of the ice rinks open on Boxing Day

WEEKEND WALKS: This week is practically one long weekend anyway, so grab your walking boots and head out on one of our weekend walk routes. See a part of London you haven't visited before, and best of all, it's free — unless you stop in a pub for a pint or two...

ICE SKATING: Get out and about on one of London's many ice skating rinks, twirling and pirouetting to your heart's content at venues ranging from central London rooftops to outer London palaces. Not all will be open today — check before you go.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Head into central London and hop on a bus to see London's Christmas lights without having to walk too far. Peer down on the sale shopping crowds as you glide through Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly with the lights overhead.

CHRISTMAS AT LONDON ZOO: This is the first year of London Zoo's winter lights festival, winding through the zoo after the animals have gone to bed and featuring light sculptures depicting some of the creatures. £19.50 adult/£13.50 child, book ahead, 4.45pm-8pm (until 1 January 2019)

CHRISTMAS AT KEW: At time of writing, there are only tickets left for the later evening sessions, so get in quick before those sell out, and take a wander through the light trail at Kew Gardens A laser garden and festive flotilla on the lake are new additions this year, along with the usual light tunnel, fire garden and Victorian funfair. One of our favourite annual events in London. £19.50 adult/£12 child, book ahead, until 5 January 2019

CHRISTMAS FESTIVALS: Several of London's Christmas festivals — and yes, there are many — continue into the new year, with fairgrounds, ice rinks, food markets and other entertainment to banish the post-Christmas blues.

FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Christmas is an expensive time of year in London, so indulge in these festive things to do that won't cost a penny — though of course there are plenty of ways to part with your money if you're so inclined.

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES: Experience Richmond Park from the luxury of a horse-drawn carriage. Take a 60 minute ride through the park and then get a behind the scenes tour of the working stables. £125 for two, book ahead, 11.30am/12.30pm/2.30pm

Go ballroom dancing at Southbank Centre

SEVEN NOSES TOUR: Discovering London tour guide Peter Berthoud offers a special, extended version of his excellent Seven Noses of Soho tour — with added pub stops. He guides you through the streets of Soho in search of the seven noses rumoured to bring infinite wealth to anyone who finds them all, plus he shows some other hidden gems of the area, including a bonus ear. Starts at Covent Garden station. £29.50, book ahead, 12pm-3.30pm

RUMPELSTILTSKIN: Aimed at ages 8+, Southbank Centre's retelling of Rumpelstiltskin uses rock music, magical mayhem and Aussie cabaret legend Paul Capsis to bring the story to life on stage. £20-£40, book ahead, 2pm

LEARN TO BALLROOM: Put your dancing shoes on and take part in a free ballroom dancing session, where you'll learn the basic steps. Free, just turn up, 3pm. The lesson is followed by a social dancing session, which dancers of all levels are welcome to attend. Free, just turn up, 4pm

Take a look at our guide to everything that's happening in London between Christmas and New Year.

Last Updated 22 November 2018