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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.

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