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Police find body of man in his 20s in Serpentine

Police searching for man who went missing in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park have recovered a body.

Police tape around the boating lake today Credit: ITN

At 16:43, police were called to a person in the water in the Serpentine **in Hyde Park. At approximately 11:50 today, officers from the Met's Marine Policing Unit recovered the body from the lake.

A police officer at the scene Credit: ITN

Officers believe they know the identity of the man, who is in his 20s, but formal identification is yet to take place.


Activities for Christmas Day in London

Serpentine in Hyde Park, London. Credit: PA

Here is a rundown of activities you can do on Christmas Day in London, when the shops are closed and the main attractions have shut down.

Swim in a London pool

A Christmas day swim around the Serpentine that has been popular for decades. If you are less daring visit Hampstead Heath, where the pools are heated throughout the year.

Visit a London pub

Lots of pubs open on Christmas day. Many of the Young's pubs stay open throughout Christmas, including The Founders Arm in Southwark which is open on Christmas day between 12pm-5pm.

The Spread Eagle in Camden is also open (until 4pm on the 25th), as is The Flask in Hampstead (Christmas Day 12-4pm).

East London pub The Dove opens up on Christmas Day for the first time in years.

For a three course Christmas banquet try The Last Running Footman in Mayfair.

Guided city tours

The London Walks company's Dickens tour leaves from the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree at 2pm on the 25th and takes you on a historic festive journey around the capital.

The company are also has a Samuel Pepys tour on Christmas day morning.

A few of the boat tour companies will be running luxury boat trips on Christmas Day, which includes a festive meal.