What To Do In London, If You DON'T Want To Hit The Sales

The chocolates have been polished off, the festive tipples drunk, and the turkey sandwiches made. Now, it's finally time to kick back and unwind after all that festive stress. Or is it?
Boxing Day may spell S-A-L-E-S for some, but there are those of us who favor a quieter alternative. Do you prefer a crisp, early morning dip in a heated, outdoor pool? Or, maybe you'd like to take in some soothing classical music? If you're looking for some Boxing Day-fun that doesn't involve shopping, then this round up is tailor-made for you.
Ahead, check out the five things to do this December 26. We promise, there’s not a single fitting-room queue in sight. Thank goodness.
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Photo: Courtesy of Southbank Centre.
Burn some calories and work off that gluttonous Christmas feast with the Boxing Day Swing Out at the Southbank Centre. Enjoy taster lessons from the Swing Patrol team before practicing your finest Charleston dance moves to the tunes of the London’s most popular vintage DJs. It's sure to be a swingin' afternoon to remember.

When: Boxing day, 3 p.m.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX; +44 (0) 207 960 4200.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hampton Pool.
Why wait for the New Year to kick-start your fitness resolution, when you can begin today? With the heated outdoor pools open 365 days a year, Hampton Pool is South West London’s best kept secret. Now, get off the couch and go perfect that breast stroke.

When: Boxing Day, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Hampton Pool, High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2ST; +44 (0) 208 255 1116.
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Photo: Courtesy of St Martin-In-The-Fields.
Fans of classical Baroque music should head to St Martin-in-the-Fields to soothe your senses this Boxing Day. London’s finest chamber orchestra, the Belmont Ensemble, will be performing pieces from greats such as Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart.

When: Boxing Day, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ; +44 (0) 207 766 1100.
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Photo: Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery.
Exploring the themes of sexuality and transvestism in art, "Transformer: Aspects of Travesty" on display at the Richard Saltoun Gallery celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original show by Jean-Christophe Ammann. Featuring the work of artists from the original exhibition, including Luciano Castelli, Jürgen Klauke, The Cockettes, and Andy Warhol, among others, let this cultural event mark the beginning of your festive detox.

When: Boxing Day, by appointment only.
Where: 111 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 6RY; +44 (0) 207 637 1225.
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Photo: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film.
Add another film to your movie marathon and head to cinemas this Boxing Day for the release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — Ben Stiller’s latest adventure comedy. Let the popcorn munching commence!
When: Boxing Day release.
Where: Cinemas nationwide.
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