Winter wonderland in London

It’s the magical time of year again when temperatures drop and we swap jackets for coats, cord for sequins, pumpkin spice for mulled beverages and deck the halls. πŸŽ„

It may be chilly outside but with a good thermal and endless choice of activities to do in a city that never sleeps, there’s no excuse to hibernate. πŸ›‹οΈ

From fairy lights to festivities, here’s what Londoners love about wintertime. ❄️

Dazzling lights

Picture any European city from mid-November and you’ll get everything from quaint glittering villages to all-out light show bonanzas; you can guess where London sits on the spectrum. ✨

Dazzle your family and friends with impressive light installations at Regent Street stretching between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. 🀳

For something a little different, visit Christmas at Kew, Carnaby Street, Leadenhall Market and spectacular out shopfronts in Mayfair, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods. 🎁

Be sure to check your local council’s website to find out what’s happening in your area! πŸŽ„ 

Festive food

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I hope you saved some space after Halloween because the food fest doesn’t end when the jack-o’-lantern snuffs out. 🍬🍫🍭

Planning a Christmas feast or need to bring a plate? A traditional Christmas goose might be hard to come by, so you can opt for a stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce or roast ham with apple sauce. Pair this with delicious roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sprouts and a Yorkshire pudding with gravy. πŸ˜‹

For starters, pigs in blankets and mince pies are classic, and for dessert a Christmas pudding or layered trifle. πŸŽ…

Wash it all down with a mulled beverage like wine, cider or whiskey. The secret ingredients are citrus peel, cloves, cinnamon and a pinch of sugar!

Ice skating

Work off those calorific Christmas treats with a lap or two (hundred) around the ice rink. ⛸️

Skate by fairy light at iconic venues such as the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. ✨

Don’t forget, you can also enjoy ice skating year round at venues like Alexandra PalaceLee Valley Ice Centre and Streatham Ice Centre! ❄️

Magical markets

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Christmas markets are perfect for socialising and shopping outdoors. Here you’ll find all your trinket, bauble and bratwurst needs in one place. 🌭

In Central London, visit markets in Leicester Square, along the South Bank, by the river at London Bridge, Borough Market and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. 🎑

In North London, pick up gifts from Camden Market, at Stokey Winter Market or Alexandra Palace. 🎁

In South London, you can enjoy markets at Greenwich Market, Pexmas, Winterville in Clapham Common, and the Scandinavian Christmas Market for something a little different! πŸ›οΈ

Wet weather plans

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London isn’t exactly known for its amazing weather, so when the grey clouds roll in you’ll find plenty to see and do under cover. β˜”

Check out a new theatrical production at the iconic West End or Shakespeare’s Globe, shop at Oxford Street or dance the night away at one of London’s many music venues. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ€

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to museums and galleries, many of which are free to visit. Some favourites are the British Museum, Science Museum, Tate Modern, V&A and the London Transport Museum – all of which have fabulous gift shops. πŸ›οΈ

Wintry walks

Every now and then it snows in London and adds a mystical mood to London’s picturesque parks. πŸ„

If you’re looking to make the most of a dusting of snow, look no further than Regent’s Park, Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park and Kew Gardens. β›„

Breathe in that crisp fresh air with a stroll along South Bank or on the Thames Path – my favourite stretch starts at Hammersmith Bridge and finishes in Richmond. πŸ₯Ύ

What are you most looking forward to in wintertime in London? Share your tips and suggestions in the comments below! πŸ‘‡

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