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There’s a lot going on in London on Christmas Day, contrary to common assumption – and the images shown in these photographs and these ones. We’ve previously prepared a list of things to do on Christmas Day in London, from guided walks to boat tours, as well as where to have your Christmas dinner. Here are some of the places in the capital that will be open on December 25th — but make sure to double-check the hours since they may change from typical. Just keep in mind that there will be no public transportation available to bring you there.
On Christmas Day, museums and tourist sites in London open their doors.
It’s few pickings here, as most of the major museums and galleries close on December 25th (understandably) — for many, it’s the only day of the year they shutter.
Body Worlds, a new anatomy exhibition featuring meticulously preserved actual human corpses, is the only attraction we know of that will be open on Christmas Day. It has filled the void left by Ripley’s in more ways than one, taking over the property on Piccadilly Circus and providing tourists with something to do on Christmas Day. The average visit to Body Worlds lasts 1.5-2 hours, and we recommend purchasing tickets in advance to ensure entrance. The hours of operation on Christmas Day are 11 a.m. to 5.15 p.m.
On Christmas Day, the JW3 Jewish Centre in North Finchley is open as usual, and it is the only ice rink (that we know of) that welcomes skaters on December 25.
Hampton Pool is a swimming pool located in Hampton, Virginia.
Restaurants open on Christmas Day in London include:
You’ll have to make a reservation if you want a full-fledged Christmas supper in London, as walk-ins will be difficult to come by on Christmas Day. Here are a few places that serve Christmas supper on Christmas Day, however, there are numerous more options.
If you’re looking for anything other than turkey on Christmas Day, several Chinese eateries in Chinatown are open. It’s mostly a question of showing up and seeing what’s available, though if you have a favorite, it’s worth calling ahead to confirm Christmas hours. Similarly, many Kosher eateries in north London are open, although it’s advisable to call ahead to confirm.
If you haven’t made a reservation and are hungry, your best chance is to go to one of London’s major hotels, where the kitchens should be open to serve visitors.