6 Gorgeous Boxing Day Walks Around London To Keep The Magic Alive

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Kew Gardens Christmas light trail

You’ve probably eaten way too much these past few days, so it’s time to venture outdoors.

Let me guess: You’re probably right now slumped upon the sofa slowly caressing your ever expanding Christmas stomach and wondering if you’ll ever break the wonderful cycle of being drunk then hungover and then quickly drunk again… Am I right? Of course I am. Well, here are 6 boxing day walks gorgeous enough to keep the Christmas magic alive!

1. Kew Gardens Winter Light Trail

Kew Gardens Christmas light trail

Perhaps the most magical of all magical boxing day walks is the Winter Light Trail at Kew Gardens. Reopening after Christmas on the 26th, you have no excuse to wander through this breathtaking display of lights, music and decorations.

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2. Victoria Park

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If you really fancy going on a hike then feel free to trek the entire 86.18 hectares of Victoria Park, just make sure you wrap up warm! If you don’t feel like going on quite so long an adventure then just stroll around the park grounds taking in the crisp, city air and think about your hopes, dreams, boxes, favourite Christmas presents or whatever it is that people think about on Boxing Day!

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3. Little Venice

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Perhaps the dreamiest location in the whole of London, Little Venice offers winding canals, gorgeous houseboats and a handful of fantastic cafes. We wouldn’t blame you if you mistook this area of London for Amsterdam… well maybe we would… but it’s more logical than Venice FFS!! Anywaaaay, Little Venice and the area around Regents Canal provides the most idyllic backdrop to your Boxing Day adventures.

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4. Hammersmith Bridge

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For a lovely riverside walk in West London, start your journey at Barnes Bridge and follow your way around the bend in the Thames until you reach Hammersmith Bridge.

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5. The London LOOP

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Known as the M25 for pedestrians (but a lot prettier), the London Outer Orbital Path is 152 miles long, so you’ll certainly burn off all that Christmas dinner, chocolate and wine if you walk the whole thing! It will take you across the parks, woods and fields of Outer London. If you manage to complete the whole LOOP, you can even download a nifty little printable certificate from TfL’s website.

6. Primrose Hill

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Just a 10 minute walk from Camden Town this lovely London green space boasts a simply remarkable view of the cities’ skyline and is a fab place to walk off your Christmas dinner (and we know you had seconds!)

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Annabel Usher

Annabel Usher

After recently graduating from a degree in History (something she wishes her student loan would become), Annabel resents people who complain about their commutes between zone 1 & 2, as hers goes beyond the Oyster zone. It's worth it, however, to be able to write in a city where bars stay open past 8pm.