Things to do in London when you're Christmas



This Christmas Day, why not disentangle yourself from the hideous purple tassled sweater your mother got you, rouse yourself from your turkey coma, leave your grandmother to her sherry and stream of almost-racist invective and do something more interesting instead?

Southwark Cyclists' Christmas Bike Ride starts at the Cutty Sark Gardens, meanders through central London and finishes on the Edgware Road for lunch. Or you could follow the footsteps of Dickens and Pepys on a Christmas Day walk.

And if that's all a bit too energetic for you, The Roxy Bar and Screen off Borough High Street is open for business and showing Christmas movies all day, and City Cruises are running a Christmas Day Lunch Cruise - a ride on the Thames plus a three-course meal, and, most importantly, an open bar.

Finally, if schadenfreude is your thing, pop along to the Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race to watch hardy types observe the tradition of flinging themselves into the Serpentine.

And apologies to Dollymixers who don't live in London. If it's any consolation I shall be in north London (where nothing is happening), inflicting food poisoning on my household by roasting my first ever turkey.

Mind you, that's their fault for putting an erstwhile vegetarian on kitchen duty at the meatiest time of the year.

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