London in the winter may not seem an obvious choice, but there’s a special charm to walking through the streets with a crisp wind at your back. Some of us in the London office were sharing our favourite things about London in the colder months, and we all agreed that cosy roast lunches in pubs were top of the list.
But it’s not all great hunks of meat and lashings of gravy, we also liked the various open air ice rinks scattered around town. Somerset House is always popular, although the rink at Canary Wharf is generally less crowded and a bit cheaper. The Natural History Museum and Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland also have popular rinks, and this year there will be a new rink near the London Eye.
The English love a good walk, and most of us in the London office relished the idea of a long walk with a warming hot chocolate. Preferred routes include Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park, Highgate Cemetery and Richmond Park (where you’ll see the famous deer). We’ve also heard that the Jack the Ripper tours are best in the darker winter months.
Speaking of parks, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is one of several popular Christmas markets around town this year. Vying for the top spot is the Southbank Christmas market. Both make the most of the festive time of year, with lights, mulled wine, small specialty shops, various foods and drink, and a convivial atmosphere.
It’s a great time to bag a bargain on entertainment, too. Many shows and restaurants discount heavily in January and February especially to entice otherwise homebound spectators and diners.
And the way to end any of these activities is surely a lovely roast dinner, lashings of gravy and a seasonal tipple of mulled wine.
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