Fun ways to spend Christmas Day on your own in London

Christmas Day on your own in London doesn’t have to be boring or lonely, here are a few ideas for you to have a festive filled day…

Santander CyclesMake sure you have comfy shoes for walking as London transport is not running on Christmas day. Some taxis will be in service or make the most of the quieter roads and hire a Santander Cycle. Golden Tours offer a One Day Hop on Hop off Bus Tour on Christmas Day.

If you’re awake early, make your way to Hyde Park to watch the ‘brave’ swimmers cross the Serpentine in the Peter Pan Cup. The race starts at 9am.

 

St PaulsChurch services will take place across the city, including St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the Fields, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Most tourist attractions are closed on Christmas Day in London, but believe it or not, Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Piccadilly Circus is open Christmas Day!

 

 

Regent Street Christmas LightsEating out is likely to be expensive and many places that are open will require you to book ahead but Chinatown is a good place to head to as many restaurants will be open.

When it starts to get dark, check out the stunning Christmas lights around the city.

The Odeon is opening a select number of cinemas on Christmas day, these include Covent Garden, Greenwich, Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square and Wimbledon.

 

City Cruises River ThamesIf you don’t want to spend Christmas day on your own in London, why not go on a tour? Some walking tours still run on Christmas day or take a cruise along the river with City Cruises.

Golden Tours offer Christmas Day bus tours in London (some include a Christmas lunch) or you could go on a day tour out of the City to destinations such as Salisbury, Bath, Stonehenge or Oxford.

 

Christmas on your own in LondonCheck out meetup.com for any meet ups taking place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Or book your Christmas Day at the International Student House for a traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas movie marathon and a walk in Regent’s Park (deadline for bookings 2pm Friday 16 December).

 

Maybe you have thought about helping others at Christmas?
If you would like to volunteer on or around Christmas day, try these websites:

Whatever you do, we Wish You a Very Merry Christmas!!

Happy Christmas 2016

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