ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Before You Plan a Winter Trip to London City

Updated on July 3, 2013
London in Winter
London in Winter

A Winter Trip to London

No matter what’s the season, there is always something to do in London. The city shines year round, but for a true experience, you should consider visiting in winters. Worried about the weather? Don’t be. Though the climate remains mild but even if the weather turns bad, there is plethora of options to have fun.

Olympics and Paralympics games have resulted in improved facilities and smartened-up hotels in London. After so many events, there is an after party vibe in the city which makes it so captivating. So, just read on and find answers to all your questions regarding planning a winter visit to London this year.

Christmas Fun at Winter Wonderland
Christmas Fun at Winter Wonderland


  • Get Into the Christmas Spirit

Plan your trip from November to January and explore the beautiful city swathed in Christmas lights. There is so much in store for travellers visiting during this time. Head out for festive shopping at Christmas markets at Southbank. Visit Oxford Circus to witness the famous Christmas lights. To experience the best of holiday season, visit Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park that features a Christmas market, ice skating rink, rides, circus, food stalls, and a lot more.

  • It’s Show Time

From cutting-edge drama to comedy nights, London theatres cater to every taste. Visit the Theatre land in West End to enjoy a variety of plays, comedy gigs, stand-ups, dance shows, musicals, and concerts.

Ice Skating
Ice Skating
  • Go Ice Skating

Other than Winter Wonderland, the city offers many places to get the skates and hit the ice. Tower of London and Natural History Museum ice rink are great places where along with skating; you can also explore the landmarks.

  • Football and Beer

British football is iconic and enjoying football with beer is truly an ecstatic experience. The excitement of the game is enough to beat the winter blues. London is brimming with cosy sports bars that are perfect to enjoy a drink in the cold season. To catch the live sporting actions on large screens, pop in Sports Bar and Grill or Bar Kick in London.

Fabulous Rooftop Bar
Fabulous Rooftop Bar
  • Rooftop Drinking

Drinking on a terrace may sound crazy in winters but there are a number of covered and heated rooftop bars where you can sip your favourite cocktail by the fire-pit overlooking the breath-taking views of the city. Pop in at Vista Bar in Trafalgar Hilton or Netil 360 for a memorable alfresco drinking and dining experience.

  • Shop Till You Drop

London is a shoppers’ paradise. Shopaholics can find great deals during the January sales. If the weather is bad, you can explore the covered markets of London such as Leaden hall Market and Oxford Market.

Packing for a Winter Trip
Packing for a Winter Trip


Colder months mean heavier shoes and bulkier clothes. But who wants to carry so much on a trip. It’s important to pack light.

  • Garments

Avoid the heavy sweaters, go for thermal undergarments. Don’t carry all of your coats; pick only one or two favourites. Don’t forget to make use of the hotel laundry service.

  • Shoes

You cannot carry flip flops though, but keep comfort in mind. Pack shoes that you can easily carry for the whole day.

Easy on the Budget
Easy on the Budget


  • Easy on the Budget

London sees fewer travellers in off-season and most of the times, flights and room rates are cheaper than summers. A winter trip to London always turns out to be easy on the pocket.

  • Culturally Vibrant London

Since the festive season is here, London remains buzzing and culturally blooming. Christmas, New Year, and Valentine’s Day, all fill the atmosphere with excitement, fun, and festivity.

Winter is a great time to visit the capital city of Europe. But before planning a winter visit to London, do not forget to consider these winter tips and ideas.

New Year 2013 Celebrations in London


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)