May 23, 2013

15 Things to Explore in London During Your Winter Trip

Many of you may believe that winter is not the ideal time to visit London since it gets too cold and dark early. However, there is a lot to do for those who are visiting London in winter months. Plan a trip to London this winter and explore the amazing sightseeing options suitable for colder days.

Book your stay at one of the family hotels in London and expect discounts on these accommodations due to lesser visitors’ ratio. Here are some recommended attractions for you to explore while staying in London:

Historic Pubs

Although the whole country is popular for wonderful range of pubs, London possesses some of the most historic and oldest pubs in London. Due to the location beside the river, the capital city used to be the trading centre. This is the reason many pubs came up. Are of Soho is ideal to initiate exploring of these historic pubs.

Sightseeing Bus

There may be times when you wish to explore the city but do not feel like venturing outdoors. You can simply hop on one of the tour buses in London and come across some of the most iconic landmarks of London while sitting inside the warmth and listening to the guide in desired language.

Madame Tussaud

Renowned for its wax statues with appearances better than the real life, Madame Tussaud usually replaces the existing statues with the latest celebrities. There is also a coffee shop to end your visit to this famous London attraction.

 Cinema Premieres
Very often the world premieres take place at Leicester Square lying in the heart of West End. The movie stars themselves appear to promote their latest movies. Fans queue up for hours to have a look at their favourite stars. Although, winter is not the nest time of the year to queue up but if you are around the area, why not take a chance and hop over for a look. You can also enjoy a 3D movie at IMAX.

Theatreland

As Paris is renowned for its cabarets and Hollywood for its Sunset Boulevard, London is famous for its theatres. Pick a theatre show or musical act you would like to watch. You could even start by choosing your theatre first from a selection of popular theatres in London like Shaftesbury Theatre, London Palladium, Theatre Royal, Apollo Theatre and Royal Opera House are a few to name.

                                        

Museums

A wide range of museums often makes you spoilt for choice and single day is not sufficient to watch them all since most of them are free to enter. Whether you are culture vulture or science nerd, you have a lot for choice to select your type of museum to visit. The British Museum if the largest of all and it surely takes a week you want to explore its entire collection of almost eight million works.

Greenwich

You are sure to be busy for half a day or more if you visit Greenwich, which is a sweet little nook in capital city. With its own hill, museum called National Maritime Museum, ship called Cutty Sark and observatory along with shops and market, the place often takes visitors’ heart away.

London Eye

The enclosed capsules of London Eye are comfortable to enjoy London skyline from a height of 135m during winters. Get in one of the capsules and view the city with leisure. You can even try out capsule of your own with champagne.

Fairs and Christmas Markets

If you are planning your travel during Yule Time, several fairs and Christmas Markets await you. Go out and indulge in shopping or enjoy thrilling rides. Hyde Park hosts Winter Wonderland every year.

                                              

The River Thames

How can you miss the visit the longest river the United Kingdom if you are in London? There is a lot to do on River Thames ranging from canoeing, eating out beside it, boozing at pubs near the river and much more.

Chelsea Stadium

Why not take a guided tour of the home stadium of Chelsea FC if you are one of those lovers of the club. If you have London Pass, this is free for you.

The DLR

If you want to experience a ride in a train without a driver, The Docklands Light Railway is something you should not miss. With just a ticket inspector responsible for opening and closing of the doors too, DLR gives a ride intro the Canary Wharf area. At the same time, the tracks running high above the ground give you wonderful views of the roads beneath.

Westminster Parliament

Westminster Parliament is the seat of the government of England where the laws are made. You can visit the parliament and watch the session live.

Shopping in Winters

London offers a range of markets and venues to shop. Harrods and Selfridges are the most popular department stores and other too welcome you with great warmth.

New Year Fireworks

If you are in London on the last day of the year, New Year’s Eve fireworks are sure to fascinate you. Millions of people gather at Waterloo Bridge, South Bank or Victoria Embankment to relish music and beautiful colours of amazing fireworks.

Explore all these 15 things to do in London for your winter trip and relish the trip for years to come.

Erica is a travel writer working with Londonhotels4u.com as an associate writer too. She writes about London sightseeing and attractions for the travellers who book a stay at London hotels and looking for assistance on their trip.

2 comments:

  1. london is still in my bucket list... thanks for the winter travel tips!

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  2. I'm not sure which of these sites my mom visited when she was in London for work but I'm sure she took a bus tour, and she was at Westminster Abbey. I'd love to visit this city, and other parts of England too. Someday.

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