Things To Do In London On Boxing Day 2021

Laura Reynolds
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Things To Do In London On Boxing Day 2021
Get out on the ice today

Note: a combination of the ever-evolving Covid situation and the Christmas break means that things are likely to change or close at short notice, so do check before you travel. Venues tend to shorten or vary their opening hours over the Christmas period, and some may close altogether, so do check before making a special journey — and check public transport.

Looking for things to do once Christmas Day is out of the way? Ready to pry yourself away (temporarily, obvs) from the cheeseboard? Take a look at these things happening in London on Boxing Day.

TRANSPORT: First things first, check which buses, trains and tubes are running over the Christmas period before you make any plans.

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 courtyards to outer London palaces. Not all will be open today — check before you go.

THEATRE SHOWS: If the pre-Christmas frenzy left you with no time to head to the theatre, why not check out the festive shows which are still on? We've picked the best theatre shows in London this Christmas, the family-friendly performances to take the kids to, and London's best pantos.

Anyone for a festive carriage ride?

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Head into central London to see London's Christmas lights. You could even hop on a bus, and glide through Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Piccadilly with the lights overhead.

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.

WINTER WONDERLAND: The Hyde Park behemoth is open until the new year, and in the past we've found that's a bit less crowded after Christmas — though do note that you'll need to book a ticket for entry this year. 10am-10pm (until 3 January 2022)

Make sure you book ahead if you fancy a Boxing Day trip to Winter Wonderland

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES: Tickets for Operation Centaur's horse-drawn carriage rides in Richmond Park have sold out for today (though other dates are still available) but this year they're running at a second location, Bushy Park, with tickets still available at time of writing. Take a 20-minute ride through the Royal Park, with mulled wine and festive snacks included in the ticket price. Bushy Park, £15, book ahead, 10.40am-2.20pm (and other dates)

SAMBA DANCING: Brazilian duo Sonhos de Brazil perform a free, relaxed Boxing Day concert, using guitar, piano, vocals, sax, percussion and loops. Samba or bossa nova your way across the dance floor, or simply sit back and enjoy the music. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 1.30pm

CINEMA: Sure, you could head to the nearest multiplex and enjoy the latest releases. Or you could support one of London's favourite independent cinemas and enjoy Boxing Day screenings of classics such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Singin' In The Rain, and Amelie. If new releases really are your thing, Dune and The French Dispatch are also on today's schedule. Prince Charles Cinema (Leicester Square), various prices, book ahead, from 3pm

Last Updated 17 December 2021

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