10 Tips for Enjoying Winter in London
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying everything London has to offer. If you’re wondering what to do during winter, and indeed Christmas, here’s a helpful guide to some of the best places to go. From parks, dining, art and history – you will never get bored in London. Grab your winter hat and try one of the activities below this winter.
Here is our top 10 things to do in London in the winter:
1. Go to a Museum (for Free!)
London’s museums are beautiful places full of history and interesting exhibits. Just merely walking through these buildings becomes a peaceful and fascinating experience. I personally love the ceiling at the British Museum and the architecture of the National History Museum, not to mention the treasures hidden within these places. And the absolute best part about visiting these museums is that entry to most of them is completely free!
2. Meet Santa on a Floating Grotto
Avoid the stress of queuing up for Father Christmas, and take the kids on the Christmas canals at Kings Cross. For an hour you can eat mince pies, sing carols and be dazzled by all the fairy lights on board. The presents are intentionally a bit rubbish; it’s all about the experience. Booking in advance is highly recommended: see website for details and dates.
3. New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Bookings are already being taken for the main fireworks display of the year in London. After the bombshell announcement that they would no longer be free, it’s now been revealed that the tickets will cost £10 per person and you can book up to four per person.
4. Go to an Ice-Skating Rink
You can head over to several popular attractions to go ice-skating this winter. Lace up your skates and twirl around! The skating rinks are open in the months of December and January. Many of these venues are beautifully decorated with lights to create a magical experience. Here are the best venues to go ice-skating in London: The National History Museum, Somerset House, Hyde Park, Tower of London.
5. Beat the Winter Blues at a Spa
Get a relaxing massage to take away the aches and pains, or prep for the Christmas party with a manicure and ensure you’re looking your best for the big night. The same applies for the inevitable January detox. Have a browse of the latest spa deals here.
6. Taste of Winter
This is another great event at the Tobacco Dock, where you can enjoy a wide range of fantastic festive foods and drinks. Loads of food stalls, plus chocolate, cheese and wine tasting, as well as live music and cooking classes… what’s not to love?
7. Regent Street’s Christmas Lights
This year’s lights in the iconic John Nash curve this Christmas are themed around the avant garde and glamour. Known as the “Mile of Style”, this is the place to go for those expensive lifestyle gifts.
8. Christmas in Covent Garden
Pride of place in Covent Garden is a giant 22-foot silver reindeer, but you can also pet a live one (every weekend until Christmas) in the square. The market is good for crafts and gifts, plus you’ve got all the top stores in the vicinity. To help you make the most of your time there, we’ve put together a digital guide to the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Covent Garden.
9. London’s Christmas Markets
It doesn’t matter what the weather’s like at the Barbican and Leadenhall Christmas Markets; they’re undercover, so you can browse for bargains without getting wet. Vintage and designer clothing and other quality gifts can be bought at the Barbican, and festive food at Leadenhall.
10. See Public Art Transformed
The Royal Parks have a host of public art in their grounds that make good backdrops for some arty shots (particularly good if you’ve got a new camera at Christmas). Capture some moody black and white shots of Henry Moore’s The Arch or get instagramming at The Joy of Life fountain in Hyde Park.