is both weird and great as everyone is either out of town or in a food coma and half of London has shuttered up. However if you’re not one for crowds, it’s a great time to explore the city and what is open. Here’s our pick on what to do in London this week, December 26- January 1, 2023, but we’ve got other ideas here too.   

1 Go For A Walk 

Work off that Turkey while you enjoy some of London’s green spaces. Try one of the Royal Parks, because they are always great for a stroll (you can even go on a horse and carriages ride through Hyde Park, if you’re allergic to walks), amble along the Thames at Southbank or down Chiswick way, or take this self-guided walks that will take you past some of the city’s great sights when there’s less of a crowd about.  

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2 The Lost Rhino Exhibtion At NHM, South Kensington

Come face-to-face with a life-sized northern white rhino at the Natural History Museum’s new exhibition that looks at extinction, conservation and technology. The free video installation by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, uses the nearly extinct subspecies to explore the conflict in society’s focus on creating new life forms, while neglecting existing ones. When you’re done, take a stroll in through the museum.  

Price: Free with museum entry 

Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 5BD


3 See A West End Show 

Bankable in so many ways, a West End show is always on, and always a good night out. The Long-running Wicked will run through Twixmas, as well as the brilliantly true-to-the-original Back to the Future: The Musical, TINA and & Juliet, which is a high energy assault of Max Martin’s pop classics. Also on, with its final performance on January 7, is the Olivier-award winning musical Come From Away which is based on a true 9/11 story.  


4 Treat yourself to a Hammam 

Warm yourself to the core at a luxurious hammam or bath house – London has several really good ones which will get you a good steam and scrub. Try Mayfair's Beaumont Spa, the women’s only Casa Spa over on Edgware Road or the Old Hammam & Spa in Edmonton for an indulgent hammam experience. Alternatively, try The Bath House in Belgravia or Banya No. 1 in Hoxton or Chiswick for more of a Russian sauna that comes with birch branch massages. Also, AIRE in Covent Garden is vault of sumptuous baths to soak and steep in.  

5 Celebrate New year Eve 

There’s plenty of fab bashes in London to see the old year out and the new year in, it’s just deciding which one to go to is the hard part. As always, you’ve got the fireworks over the Thames, and there’s plenty of spots along South Bank and nearby to catch them and a party at. Try City Social or Oxo Tower. Or head into Covent Garden for a dinner at Sushi Samba for full festive vibes. We’ve got more ideas on how to ring in the new year here.

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