There's not a lot to do in London on Christmas Day. All the theatres, galleries and attractions are closed, so how about attending a church service at St. Paul's Cathedral instead? It will be a special experience even if you're not religious.
There are four different services to choose from:
8 AM to 8.30 AM -- Holy Communion
8.45 AM to 9.15 AM -- Morning Prayer
11 AM to 12.30 PM -- Eucharist with Christmas carols sung by the Cathedral Choir. This is the principal celebration on Christmas morning
3.15 PM to 4.15 PM -- Festal Evensong. A traditional service with Christmas carols sung by the Cathedral Choir
Note: Tickets are not required for any of these services, but you should be aware that space in the Cathedral is limited and you should try and arrive early to be sure of a place.
Craig’s review of St. Paul’s – “One of the things that I have always liked about St. Paul's Cathedral is the lousy piece of street planning outside the front door. As you walk up Ludgate Hill you'll expect to see the grand facade block off the top like a great barn door, but with the way the street curves over the brow all you get is three-quarters of the front. It's the worst piece of street planni… continued”
Handel’s Messiah at St Paul’s Cathedral – 6 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a performance of Handel's Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia at St Pauls Cathedral
Blessing the crib at St Paul’s Cathedral – 16 Dec 2018 – The annual blessing of the crib and lighting of the Christmas trees at St Paul's Cathedral is always an atmospheric service
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols at St. Paul’s – 21 Dec 2018 – Listen to Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" performed inside St Paul's Cathedral, alongside some readings for advent.
Family carol service at St. Paul’s Cathedral – 22 Dec 2018 – This short(-ish) Christmas carol concert at St Paul's Cathedral is aimed especially at families with little children.
Festive candlelit tour — Benjamin Franklin House – 6, 13 and 20 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a candlelit tour of the Benjamin Franklin House and experience it like they did in the 18th-century.
Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace – 7 to 9 Dec 2018 – Hampton Court's Festive Fayre will have food and drink stalls, cookery demonstrations, and carol singing by the bandstand
Carol Concert at the Old Royal Naval College – 7 Dec 2018 – Enjoy some seasonal readings and a traditional Christmas carol concert in the beautiful Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College
We’ve got plenty more Christmas events in London
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy St. Paul’s then you might like to visit Brompton Oratory (catch the train from St Pauls to South Kensington), Westminster Abbey (catch the train from St Pauls to Westminster) and Westminster Cathedral (catch the train from St Pauls to Victoria)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans