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Five things to do in London this Boxing Day

Posted at 10:15 am, December 26, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Outdoor London, Shopping & Style
Mrs Santa © Lisa Harker

Boxing Day can always feel like a bit of an anti-climax. The excitement of Christmas Day is over and we have to wait a whole 364 days until it comes again. Don’t feel too sad though, there are leftovers in the fridge (cold stuffing is surprisingly delicious) and we have five things you can do in London to keep up the festive spirit this Boxing Day if you don’t feel like hitting the sales.

1. Take a stroll in Richmond Park

royalpark © Giles Barnard

There are loads of great places to go for a Boxing Day walk in London before you head back for another helping of turkey sandwiches. Richmond Park is always beautiful, so if you fancy a free, two-hour guided Boxing Day stroll (thanks to Friends of the Royal Parks) head to the Roehampton Gate car park for 10am.

2. Get your skates on

hampton court palace ice rink© Joanna Woodley

It’s not too late to take a spin on the ice and some of London’s best rinks are open for skating today. Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, and Somerset House are just a few of the ice rinks welcoming skaters (beginner or pro) on Boxing Day this year.

3. Bag a bargain at Spitalfields Antique and Vintage Market

Spitalfields George Enoch

If you fancy getting a head start on the post-Christmas bargains but can’t quite face the shops again yet (Christmas Eve shopping can be pretty traumatic) then give Spitalfields Antique and Vintage Market a go. Open from 8am, you might just find some good deals to splash your Christmas cash on.

4. Visit Christmas at Kew Gardens

christmas at kew 1 © Culture Creative

Christmas at Kew promises an enchanting festive excursion. This year Kew boasts The Illuminated Trail which sees the garden lit up by a series of light installations. The timed trails (approximately 75 minutes) are running between 4.30pm and 10pm on Boxing Day.

5. Swing out at the Royal Festival Hall

swing out

If you fancy shaking it like a polaroid picture this Boxing Day, head over to Royal Festival Hall where you can spend hours Lindyhopping with Swing Patrol. They’re offering taster sessions, performances, and a few fun competitions from 3pm to 7pm, and all for free!

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