Wednesday, 29 January 2014

London in Winter

Living in London can be lots of fun.  There is always something to do, something to see, places to go and things to do, particularly in winter when the city transforms itself from being hot, muggy and smog ridden, to a much more relaxed, serene and beautiful place to be. Links of London asked some bloggers to write about their favourite things to do here in London and these are my thoughts.

As soon as winter arrives and Christmas is on the horizon, everywhere you look, there are bright twinkling lights, Christmas displays in shops and in streets and lots of shopping to be done amongst the hustle and bustle of tourists who are all hunting for that final bargain for the big day.

Some of the things I love to do during this time is to meet with friends and go ice-skating, this can be at Somerset House where the ice-rink is open from November to the end of January with the grand courtyard is transformed into a beautiful ice-rink and you find yourself surrounded by lots of squeals and laughter as being skate around merrily chatting away.

Then from Ice-skating a trip to Hyde Park to Winter Wonderland is a definite must.  It starts towards the end of November and it has something for all the family.  Whether you like to sample the delights of German Bratwurst Hotdogs, Donuts, Belgian Fries with Mayonnaise or simply enjoy a few drinks whilst sampling beers and mulled wines from around the world, you will find something you enjoy.  I have been going to Winter Wonderland for the last few years and always have lots of fun, there is the funfair element of trying to win teddies and bits of tat from stalls such as the rifle range or hook a duck, there are fairground rides for all the family from the big wheel, teacups and saucers to the rides for the more adventurous that chuck you around in the air and spin you upside down.  If that isn’t enough there are hundreds of stalls which sell all kinds of things from world cheeses, Zebra burgers, candles and beautiful lanterns and lights.
If you want something less busy but as equally beautiful, some of the more famous streets of London, such as Carnaby Street have beautiful Christmas displays which make wonderful photos and as well known as they are, I have never found them to be overcrowded, but naturally if the crowds don’t bother you too much, then Oxford Street and Regent Street is the place to be.
Covent Garden is also a great destination for a bit of shopping, followed by lunch and maybe a bit more shopping and it is here you will also find some of the big named store such as Links of London, MAC and Apple to name just a few.  What's more, if you are in need of a bit of entertainment, there is always one of the street entertainers on hand to put on a show and grab your attention for a few minutes.

What is your favourite thing to do in London?


  1. aww what a lovely post! I went to Hyde Park with my husband a couple of years ago and it was so pretty! I’m not a very good skater so was a bit of a mess as well hahaha but a lot of fun xxx

  2. I love Hyde Park, really want to visit Winter Wonderland too. My husband and I spent our first few months visiting London, in winter, have very fond memories. I love Covent Garden too. We like to go to Camden for the markets and vintage shops and another favorite is Spitalfields.

  3. I'm off to London this week, I need to get some sight-seeing going me thinks!! I love ice skating so I'm gutted to have missed the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park :(

  4. These pics are lovely! London is an amazing city!

    Viky --- MySecretFashionPoison

  5. such pretty pictures! I was in London many many years ago with my family and I have the best time there. Hoping to return one of these days.

  6. London in the winter for me is all about hunkering down in a cosy pub and spending the afternoon eating and getting a little wine jacket on (even better if they have mulled wine and board games!).

  7. I do think this year I will definitely be going to Winter Wonderland. My sister's been before and said it was amazing! :)

  8. aw this looks ana amzing day , looks soo pretty and great pics x

  9. I went ice skating last year by tower of london, was ace! I really want some snow though, feel like i've been deprived. - i'd love for you to come visit x

  10. When I came down to London a couple of weeks ago, Winter Wonderland had just closed, I was gutted :(
    I love Covent Garden, Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Oxford Street when I visit London!
    alicekatex ♥

  11. I love a visit to Borough Market....

    1. Ooh they do have some weird and wonderful things there too x

  12. Citys during the winter always look so nice. I love all of the sparkly lights :) x


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