Things to Do on Boxing Day in London

– Written by Victoria Philpott

On 26 December 2015 what will you be doing? If you’re planning on staying in and playing with your new toys, you need to think again. While the rest of the UK sleeps, London is already back in business for Boxing Day with all manner of fun and frolics to be had…

Even so, London transport can be a bit risky on Boxing Day too, so if you need a hostel or cheap hotel in London, you know who to ask…

Hit up the January sales

Let’s not beat around the bush here. There is one thing that is synonymous with Boxing Day and we all know what that is. Slashed prices, big bargains and a whole lot of Christmas sales.

Oxford Street: shops are open from 9am-9pm, with the exception of John Lewis which is closed all day. You’ll find all the usual high street suspects here – on a huge scale. Make sure you get to the Debenhams and Topshop sales!

Westfield at White City and Westfield at Stratford: both open from 7am and close at 11pm. Cinemas, food, fashion and luxury all under one roof.

Covent Garden: shops are open 12pm – 6pm. If you’re looking for somewhere a little more unique to spend your Christmas money this is where you’ll find it.  You might as well head to Carnaby Street while you’re in the area too.

Notting Hill and Camden Town are sure to have a few sales in their boutique shops, and you can indulge in a little pre-shop coffee morning too…

Boxing Day in London

Carry on raving

Rinse Boxing Day Party
Bake, Chris Lorenzo, Evan Baggs, Newham Generals, Novelist, Paleman, Riko Dan, Sir Spyro and a ton more…
£14+
Fabric
10pm-7am

Circus 83 – Boxing Day Special
Old school funk, soul, hip-hop and dance all night long…
£10+ 
Cargo
4pm-3am

Box of Positives – Boxing Day Special 
Billy Young, Crease Up and Keith Mac spin old school house and disco classics for you to dance off your Christmas dinner…
£3-5 
Peckham Pool Club
10pm-4am

Move/LDN Boxing Night
DJ Michael Jay, RedmanDJ / DubzHill, DJ Dazzler and many more…
£15
Rhythm Factory
10pm-5am

Eat and drink through it

Winter Wonderland on Boxing Day

Winter Wonderland reopens its doors on 26 December, so you could eat your way around the stalls. Think German wursts, pik n mix, hog roasts, fish and chips, donuts, soup and crepes, topped off with a spin on one of the big dipper rollercoasters. Open 10am-10pm.

The Hope in Wandsworth is open from 12pm-12am on Boxing Day, and if you’re willing to brave the cold, you can check out the biggest beer garden in the UK. They also have some amazing food, perfect for continuing your seasonal eating marathon.

Walk it off

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and Seasonal Traditions
Enjoy a London Victorian Christmas with Charles Dickens’s famous story The Christmas Carol as your route map and inspiration. Walk in the steps of Dickens’ imagination accompanied by many a seasonal tale around London’s streets.
Meet Jane or Gillian just outside Tower Hill Underground, click here for times
£9/£7 concessions

Royal London and The Changing of the Guard
A walk around London’s biggest landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guard and Downing Street.
St. James’s Park Station, Thursdays at 10.30am.

Go sightseeing

26 December London

Many London attractions are open on Boxing Day, including:

I’ve checked lastminute.com and these are my top picks for London shows and pantomimes on 26 December.

  • The Book of Mormon, from £27.50
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, from £17
  • Urinetown, from £21.50
  • Ghost Stories, from £44
  • Edward Scissorhands, from £13.50
  • King Charles III, from 12.50

Accommodation

Book your London accommodation early if you want to secure yourself the best there is. If you need any more tips and advice check out Help! I Need Some Cheap London Accommodation or Olympics, Partying, Sightseeing or Long-Term? Our Guide to the Best London Hostels.

London transport on Boxing Day

London usually runs a good service on Boxing Day, but you can check for an disruptions on TFL London before setting off. If there are any problems, never fear, there’s always the famous red bus.

Boxing Day London Transport

Thanks to Shiny Things, Rev Stan, garryknightKyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It. World Tour for all the excellent images from Flickr. Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting. 

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