Things to Do in London in Winter- Part 1

Visiting London in winter may not seem an obvious choice but there’s a special charm about London winters that prompts tourists to keep coming for more. Don’t let your London trip be spoiled, come rain or snow. There’s one thing that you can never be sure of in London and that’s weather. So, be prepared for the cold snap as you don’t want the weather to put paid to your best laid plans. And to make sure that doesn’t happen, here are a few things to do in London during the frosty months.

If it’s Raining

Let’s face it! Rain is a part of “London experience”. A light drizzle on a fairly warm day feels like skies are falling in love. But rain in winter is like salt to injury. But don’t worry, even in the drizzles, London is ready to rain fun on you. Not to mention, you can’t enjoy alfresco lunch or a walk in the park, but there are a lot of fun things to do in London on a rainy day.

London Museums

This may sound a bit obvious yet is worth-mentioning. One museum that you just can’t afford to miss is British Museum. From Egyptian antiquities to Roman collections, the museum houses a huge assortment of artefacts telling human history from the very beginning. Take our word for it; you’ll need a whole day to admire every little detail in the museum. If history is not your thing, why not enjoy some modern art pieces in the Tate Modern art gallery. Housed in a former power station, the gallery exterior itself is breath-taking. Another house of creativity you should consider exploring is National Gallery, housing paintings from 13th century to 1900. Yes, this is the place where Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Da Vinci’s The Virgin on the Rocks reside.

Settle in a Pub

What better way to avoid the showers than settling down in a cosy London pub. No matter where you are in London, you’re never far from a pub to dash in out of the rain. To name a few favourites, The Hat & Tun in Farrington is a draper lil pub serving traditional British pub grub and exquisite ales on the tap. Cosy up in the pub with a few friends and grab a pint beside an old fashioned fireplace adding to the charm. Antelope in Tooting is another much loved pub, of course for its gastro pub food but for 3 open-fires options too, 2 coal burning fireplaces in the bar and dining room and one wood fire in the games room. Here are a few more worth-visiting pubs

Clapton Hart – 231 Lower Clapton Road, E5 8EG

Earl Spencer – 260-262 Merton Road, SW18 5JL

Holly Bush – 22 Holly Mount, NW3 6SG

Jerusalem Tavern – 55 Britton Street, EC1M 5UQ

Palmerston – 91 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EP

Prince George – 40 Parkholme Road, E8 3AG

London Attractions

You can’t stand in the queue for London Eye because of showers, no point taking the hop on hop off tour unless you like sitting in downpour. If you want to take in views of the city, don’t worry. London Eye is not the only option.  How about the brand new glass structure, Shard that offers even more impressive views of the city? If heights aren’t really your thing, there’re actually places that run beneath the city where you can literally avoid the rain. Enjoy a walk under the river with visiting Greenwich Tunnel that runs beneath Thames or visit the Chislehurst Caves, 800 years old man-made grottoes that were used as shelter during the First World War. If you want to scream rather than thrill, London Dungeon is the place to be. It’s the scariest attraction in London – the resentment of the Great Fire, a boat ride to hell, and a torture chamber.

Theatre or Cinema

Forget about the rain outside and head into a London theatre to enjoy your favourite musical, concert, play, or comedy gig. Enjoy a superb ballet performance at Royal Opera House or Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. If you don’t like theatre (chances are rare though), who doesn’t like watching a movie when it’s raining outside. Visit London’s Leicester Square which is a hub of cinemas in the heart of the city.  There you can enjoy Prince Charles Cinema where you can buy tickets at lower rates. There is also a cinema at Science Museum which makes a perfect combination of movie and the museum on a wet day.

Shopping Undercover

London is never short of markets even if it’s raining outside. Consider visiting a large store where you can find everything. Head to Harrods which is a large department store, housing every brand you can imagine. Selfridge’s in Oxford Street or Westfield London are a few shopping malls every shopper falls in love with. Oxford Street is a covered market lined with high street fashion brands. If you have kids with you, pop inside Hamleys, seven floors dedicated to toys. But visit only if you have a deep pocket. Spitalfields Market is another covered market where shoppers can buy vintage clothing, accessories, jewels, and a lot more.

London winter can get quite breezy or even snowy at times. In part 2, we’ll share things to do when London is snowy.

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