London is a cosmopolitan, elegant city with a vibrant atmosphere that should be visited at every opportunity.
Usually, travellers find it a tempting destination from early spring till late autumn. Yet, those who wish to experience the authentic London atmosphere and take a glimpse at the locals’ daily routine and skip the tourist crowds should consider visiting London during winter.
There are many places to escape the drizzle and there are lovely streets to explore when the sky is clear. This marvellous city has plenty to offer even when it is cold. So, pack your boots and umbrella, take your warm clothes and explore London in winter.
Here are eight great reasons why a winter visit is a good idea.
1. Cheaper flights and accommodation
The weather in London can be dreary in January and February. Yet in general, the airfares and the accommodation are much more affordable at that time of the year.
2. Fewer queues at the main attractions
Visiting in winter means fewer queues at the main attractions, museums and galleries. You can get closer to the artifacts at the British Museum and the masterpieces at the National Gallery. You can also spend time at Tate Modern and Tate Britain without being jostled. Other good cultural sites to visit with fewer tourists around include Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Library, and the National Portrait Gallery.
3. Fun at the ice skating rinks
The ice skating rinks in London can be great fun, especially at dusk. So if the weather is not too cold, why not enjoy this fun outdoor activity? Some of the most popular skating rinks are those in front of the Tower of London and Somerset House.
4. London as Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park is beautiful as it is, but it gets really magical when the Winter Wonderland is organised there. You can expect a carousel, a Ferris wheel, many market stalls and a circus. In addition, there is a traditional German Christmas Market open in December near the London Eye. Another good stop in December is Trafalgar Square with the Christmas tree and the carol concerts organised beneath it.
5. Attend a theatrical performance
The theatre scene in London is always busy – even in the cold winter months. Visitors can choose from more than 200 musicals and theatrical performances including comedies, farces and thrillers. Those in love with the classic concerts can check the program of the fabulous Royal Albert Hall.
6. Welcome the New Year close to London Eye and Tower Bridge
The New Year’s Eve fireworks in London are something that should not be missed. The most spectacular ones are near the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Go early to get a good viewing spot and then enjoy the free public transport after the celebration. On the first day of the new year, you can enjoy the parade which starts at Big Ben and heads to Piccadilly Circus.
7. Winter sales in London
Those who love shopping will be pleasantly surprised by the discounts and fantastic deals in January, the light displays and the beautifully arranged store windows along Bond Street, Oxford Street, and Regent Street.
8. Winter season treats
A delicious lunch or a romantic dinner at one of London’s restaurants is a fantastic treat on a cold day. You can also try the markets with their seasonal treats like mince pie, pudding and mulled wine. The fast-food eateries and take-away places will offer you tasty bites at a good price.
London is an incredible city, which you can visit by yourself, with your partner, family or friends. It offers plenty of things to do even in the coldest days of winter and is sure to amaze you with something new and exciting each time you are lucky enough to visit.
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