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Christmas Day in London

Christmas Day can be a magical time to explore the capital. No tubes, buses or trams will be running, but if you can get into town by cycle hire, taxi or your own transport, here are some of the things going on.

The Peter Pan Cup is an annual Christmas Day swimming race in the Serpentine whose roots go back 150 years. The race starts at 9am, just turn up to spectate.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not? is open, although it may be busy as very few other attractions are! Here’s what we thought of it.

Enjoy a festive feast and sightsee on the River Thames at the same time aboard a City Cruises Christmas Day Traditional Lunch Cruise. Booking essential.

Westminster Guide, Pete Berthoud, hosts a special, epic Christmas Day Walk — a Grand Tour of London — starting just before 6am and taking in 10 miles of (mostly) deserted London over the course of the day. Booking essential.

London Walks traditionally put on a ‘Christmas Morning 1660′ walk about Samuel Pepys London at 11am and an afternoon Dickens walk at 2pm. Just turn up, meet in Trafalgar Square.

If walking’s not your thing you can take a coach tour of London with Golden Tours, with or without a Christmas lunch cruising the Thames added on.

An increasing number of central London pubs and restaurants open on Christmas Day but the decision to do so can be last minute. Here’s our list of what’s open on Christmas Dayand we’ll keep updating it. NB Pubs have to shut by 4pm. Hotels are a good bet for bars open later.