Things to do today in London: Thursday December 26 2019
The Boxing Day sales dash isn’t for everyone so if you’re opting out of rushing to the shops, you can take to the ice at Somerset House, go for a guided walk of the City or take your ugly jumper out for one more spin. Christmas Day may be over but that doesn’t mean the festive fun has to end.
1. Christmas by the River
Spend the day perusing annual riverside market at London Bridge City, made up of picturesque German-style chalets. Treat yourself to homemade gifts from 60 independent traders, festive workshops and, most importantly, mulled wine in the snug Riverside Lodge.
London Bridge City. Tube: London Bridge. Until Jan 5. Free.
2. The Ugly Christmas Jumper Party
Christmas Day may be done for another year but there’s no need to store your Chrimbo jumper away just yet. Wear your finest festive knitwear to this Boxing Day bash, where ugly jumpers take centre stage to the soundtrack of ‘90s and ‘00s hip hop and R&B.
Ace Hotel London. Shoreditch High St Overground. Thu Dec 26. From £7.
3. Skate at Somerset House
A staple in the London ice skating scene, the grand Somerset House courtyard transforms into a 900-square-metre outdoor rink every winter. Alongside hitting the ice, you can also fill yourself up with raclette, fondue and mince pies if you’ve got space after all that Christmas Day gorging.
Somerset House. Tube: Temple. Until Jan 12. From £7.50.
4. Boxing Day Guided Walk
Walk off the turkey (all three helpings) with this guided walk through London’s royal village: Kensington. Take in everything from London’s most stunning garden to the most critical spot outside of Germany for the Nazi war trials.
High Street Kensington. Tube: High St Kensington. Thu Dec 26. From £8.
5. Queer Tango on the Thames
Part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter programme, Tango on the Thames and Queer Tango London have teamed up for an inclusive tango winter special. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off your moves to live Argentinian music.
Royal Festival Hall. Tube: Waterloo. Thu Dec 26. Free.
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