Things to do on Christmas Day & Boxing Day in London

Getting around London during Christmas and Boxing Day can be challenging due to the limited public transport services. The Royal Garden Hotel has chosen some of the most iconic and accessible events for you to enjoy during the festive season with your family while staying at the hotel.
Public Transport Information: 
On Christmas Day there will be no public transport in London.
On Boxing Day a limited service will run across all lines, starting at 08.30.


  • Mary Abbots Church: Located 3 minutes walking from the Royal Garden Hotel and built in 1872; Mary Abbots Church will be celebrating the festive season with Carols, readings and Candlelights. Join them on the 24th at 23:30 or on the 25th at 16:00. 
  • Classic Open Bus Tour: See the highlights of London (Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London...). Enjoy a live professional guide and free hotel collection.
  • Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race: Since 1864, the members of the Serpentine Swimming Club have been plunging themselves into the Serpentine lake icy water. Only 15 minutes walking from the hotel, you can either be a mere spectator or a brave swimmer!


  • National History Museum Ice Rink: Only 13 minutes walking from the Royal Garden Hotel, enjoy a wonderful and unique skating experience with the whole family against the spectacular backdrop of the National History Museum's world famous building.
  • Winter Wonderland: Take bus 52 from outside the hotel and get yourself in only 15 minutes to the most authentic Christmas market: Festive food & drinks, live music, shops, amusement rides etc. There is something for everyone at Winter Wonderland!
  • Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas: Only 18 minutes by bus from outside the hotel, don't miss the last year sell-out success Raymond Briggs' famous Christmas Story (recommended age of 6 years old).- Tickets £10 each (not available on 25/26 Decemeber)

2- 24 Kensington High Street London W8 4PT: +44 (0)20 7937 8000 F: +44 (0)20 7361 1991 The Royal Garden Hotel is part of the Goodwood Group of hotels

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