London! The city of Queens, clock towers and bad weather. Not only one of the most visited destinations in Europe, but also the most culturally diverse, with residents collectively speaking over 300 languages, you’re sure to feel comfortable anywhere here.
With over 170 museums to visit here in London, multiple tours to do and super simple transport, the city is your oyster.
So here are some top things to do in London if visiting in Winter!
Start your day off right! London has some really lovely coffee shops and breakfast/brunch spots.
Although not strictly ‘British’, they do a banging full English at The Breakfast Club.
Have a look at this website for some more full English options.
Probably one of the most visited spots in London, the area surrounding Westminster Bridge is home to, the Clock tower, or as it is more commonly known, ‘Big Ben’, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the main point for this section, Southbank Centre Wintertime Festival.
If standing outside in a bit of cold doesn’t scare you off, I would defo recommend giving it a visit. With circus shows, DRAG acts and food stalls, you really get a fabulous dose of Christmas.
Trafalgar Square & Leicester Square
If Trafalgar Square isn’t epic enough any other time of year, then it definitely will be now.
Gifted from Norway every year since 1947, the over 20 metre tall tree stands centre stage, whilst carol singers and busy Christmas time shoppers fill the spaces at its feet.
Leicester Square is also one to visit around Christmas time. A cute little Christmas market is erected in the middle of the square, selling trinkets, hot chocolate and yummy hot dogs.
Walk around London’s parks
Despite being known for its city scapes, London is in possession of some of the prettiest parks, that a capital city has to offer.
Some of my favourites are, Richmond Park, St James’ Park, Regent’s Park and of course Hyde Park.
For a truly magical visit to London, Kew Gardens is a spectacular place to visit. Annually they host a magically festive display of lights.
Note: The tickets sell out like crazy, so be sure to book in advance if you know it is something you would like to attend.
Take a look at Time Out’s post for more info!
Covent Garden is one of those locations that is well embedded in my childhood memories. An amazing place to go at Christmas with the kids, your friends or loved-ones. Not only known for its beautiful food stalls, craft and gift markets, but also for its 22-foot silver reindeer, along with the live reindeer present every weekend.
Hamleys & Liberty
Hamleys is obviously a great place to take kids for some Christmas shopping, but honestly, it is an incredible experience for any adult too.
Liberty on the other had is probably not one for the kids, but definitely worth the visit. Sophisticated shopping is the description that comes to mind. Elegant brands to choose from and the epitome of British… Enjoy!!
No Christmas visit to London is complete without an evening spent exploring Oxford Street and Regents Street. The lights are truly enchanting, and almost transport you to a scene from a movie.
When the shopping and crowds get too much, be sure to cozy up in a classically British pub, located on the backstreets of London.
Without a doubt, one of the lesser known activities in London, but by no means any less exciting.
Hop on an epic canal cruise from Granary Square in Kings Cross. Begin to meander your way through London, experiencing locks and even the mile long Islington tunnel, dating back over 200 years.
No Christmas is complete without ice skating. London has multiple locations to do so. Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, and of course Winter Wonderland are some of our most epic and beautiful locations to do so.
Eating & Drinking
Who doesn’t love packing on the pounds and keeping ‘merry’ around Christmas time. London is a great place to do so.
One epic place to visit is Queen of Hoxton. I absolutely love how they transform the rooftop so often into an immersive new world, allowing for a completely new experience with every visit.