What to do in London on December 25 and 26?

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What to do in London on December 25 and 26?

Are you going to London for Christmas and you don't know what to do? Please note that public transport does not run in London on Christmas Day. Therefore, you will have to rely on your feet or else take a taxi. For December 26, transport is slowing down, you will have to anticipate your trips.




Finally, many shops and museums are closed during these two days. Here are some ideas for visits to do on December 25 and 26!

What to do in London on December 25?

Unusual activity

The Peter Pan Cup à Hyde Park

Every year on December 25, members of the Serpentine Swimming Club take to the icy waters of Serpentine Lake for a 91-meter race!


The race starts at 9:00 am on the south shore of the lake, near the Serpentine Café.


You can attend this race for free.

Metro bus Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Queensway2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 148, 274, 390, 414, 436

Exposition Body Worlds



Conceived by the German professor Gunther von Hagens, the Body Worlds exhibition aims to explain the mysteries and the transformations of the organism by relying on real human bodies.
This traveling exhibition presents a total of 200 bodies and organs kept intact thanks to plastination, a technique for preserving human bodies invented by Gunther von Hagens.

With over 45 million visitors, Body Worlds Vital is one of the most visited health exhibitions in the world. Often described as a "life changing experience", Body Worlds will give you a better understanding of the complexity of the human body.

Information and reservations at the British Tourist Office 

When? Until October 1, 2020
Or ?  London Pavilion at Piccadilly Circus
Price : 27 €


Metro bus Piccadilly Circus3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 453

 


What to do in London on December 26?

Cruise on the Thames

The cruise on the Thames is a nice trip to discover the most emblematic monuments of the capital, such as the Palace of Westminster, London Eye st paul's cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Good plan ! For the purchase of an adult ticket on the Great Britain Tourist Board website, the cruise is free for children up to the age of 15.

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 18h00

  Book on Visit Britain

 

Go to the Christmas markets

Winter Wonderland à Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland is not just a Christmas market traditional but a real amusement park with rides, shows, ice sculptures and many other surprises that will delight children and their parents!

Reservation on the Ticketmaster website

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 22h00

Metro bus Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Queensway2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 148, 274, 390, 414, 436

Outdoor skating

Ice skating in Winter Wonderland

Don't do things by halves ... skate on the bigger one and the most beautiful ice rink from the United Kingdom ! You will be in doubt under the spell of its Victorian kiosk !!

Reservation on the Ticketmaster website

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 22h00

 

Metro bus Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Queensway2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 148, 274, 390, 414, 436

Somerset House Ice Rink

This beautiful ice rink located at the foot of Somerset House will appeal to clubbers who can skate to music, families and beginners who can take skating lessons.

Information and reservations on the Ticketmaster website

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 22h00

Metro bus Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Embankment
6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91, 176

Family skating at the Natural History Museum

Located in the Chelsea district, the skating rink at the Museum of Natural History is a family rink. Skating lessons are reserved for children and people in wheelchairs.

Reservation on the Ticketmaster website
Opening hours for December 26: 11h00 - 21h00

Metro bus South Kensington14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430, C1

Go see a musical

Musicals in London are internationally renowned because they offer quality shows. Watching a musical on December 26 is a good plan to be sheltered from the cold and the rain with the assurance of having a good time!

The musicals playing for this date are: Phantom of Opera, Wicked, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Thriller Live !

To find out which musicals are to be seen now, see the article: the best musicals to see in London.

To go to the museum

Aquarium Sea Life

Le Sea Life is one of the largest aquariums in Europe with more than 400 marine species including 16 species of sharks!

The large aquarium with the statues of the island of Passover in which the sharks swim is not to be missed.

This visit is for the family; children will be able to stroke manta rays or starfish and educate older children about the protection of our oceans.

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 17h45

Metro bus River shuttles Waterloo12, 53, 59, 76, 77, 148, 159, 211, 341, 381London Eye Pier

Madame Tussauds wax museum


Madame Tussauds is a wax museum located on Marylebone Road, near Regent's Park.

This museum is for the family to visit where everyone can pose alongside the royal family, Hollywood stars and political figures!

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 18h00

Subway: bus: Baker street13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274, 453

Shakespeare's Globe

It is in this circular theater that many performances of the plays of William Shakespeare were given. It was ravaged by flames twice and then rebuilt identically.

Le Shakespeare's Globe is open to the public and during the theatrical season when plays are performed. Go ahead the acoustics are remarkable!

Opening hours for December 26: 9:30 pm - 17:00 pm

Metro bus River shuttles London Bridge, Southwark11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 45, 63, 76, 100, 344, 381, RV1Bankside Pier

The musée de Sherlock Holmes

The apartment of the famous detective furnished by his fans is a faithful copy of that imagined by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

All the attributes of the detective are there: hunter's hat, calabash pipe, magnifying glass… you can even take a picture of yourself in your chair, your hat on your head !!!

Opening hours for December 26: 9h30 - 18h00

Metro bus Baker street 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274, 453

Make an attraction

London Dungeon or relive the history of London


London Dungeon, is an unusual attraction, located at the foot of the London Eye. Make-up artists will tell you through a show the history of London.

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 17h00

Metro bus River shuttles Waterloo12, 53, 59, 76, 77, 148, 159, 211, 341, 381London Eye Pier

London Eye

Le London Eye offers a panoramic view of London sheltered from the cold and without the slightest effort! Embark on one of the capsules for a 30 min rotation and take great photos of the parliament, Big Ben, l'Westminster Abbey or st paul's cathedral.

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 20h30

Metro bus River shuttles Waterloo, Westminster211, 77, 381Waterloo Pier

Visiting London aboard The Original Tour buses

With the bus Hop-On-Hop-Off, we visit London effortlessly while learning more thanks to the commentaries in French.

The Shard: the tallest tower in Europe

This 310m high building is the tallest tower in Europe. It offers a 360 ° view for up to 65 kilometers around. The Thames, the Tower of London and the City will be at your feet.

Le shard is a great place to take great photos of London both day and night.

Deal ! Book your visit in advance to get the best rates

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 18h00

Metro bus River shuttles London Bridge43, 48, 141, 149, 521London Bridge City Pier

Shop for sales in London department stores

December 26, boxing day, marks the start of the winter sales where the discounts are very interesting! Please note, not all stores are open on December 26.

Harrods

Do the winter sales at Harrods can be a great shopping plan where discounts can go up to - 80%.

As soon as the store opens on December 26, thousands of English people and tourists flock to find good deals!

Opening hours for December 26: 10h00 - 20h00

Metro bus Knightsbridge 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 137, 414, 452, C1

Liberty

Liberty is a store known for its beautiful Tudor facade and Liberty fabric items such as blouses, retail fabrics, towels ...

There are also designer decorative items and beauty products. If you are looking for an original English brand item that cannot be found in France, then go shopping at Liberty!

Opening hours for December 26: 12h00 - 20h00

Metro bus Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 53, X53, 88, 94, 139, 159 and C2.

Selfridges

Like J - which is closed on December 26-, Selfriges is a department store located on the main shopping street of Oxford Street. Selfrigdes offers both luxury items and brands at more affordable prices.

Opening hours for December 26: 09h00 - 21h30

Metro bus Oxford Circus, Bond Street10, 73, 137, N73, N137
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