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7 unmissable ways to enjoy winter in London

Nomo Bank

28 Nov 2022

Winter is a magical time in London.

The city transforms itself into a cosy, festive place with lots of exciting activities to do with friends and family. If you’re travelling to London this winter, you’re almost guaranteed to have a fun-filled time!

Here are 7 unmissable things to do when you’re visiting London in winter:

Spend an afternoon shopping in London’s top stores

If you want to keep up with the latest trends, buy gifts for friends & family, and enjoy a luxury shopping experience, then London is the ideal location. Some of the world’s oldest and most famous department stores are in London, and they all come alive in the festive period, with top-to-bottom decorations and beautiful window displays. The top hotspots for a winter shopping trip in London are Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Liberty.

Explore London’s Christmas markets

London is home to many traditional Christmas markets where you can lose yourself in a wide selection of festive crafts, gifts and food. You’ll find markets all over the city throughout winter, with some of the most famous being the Leicester Square Christmas market, Selfridges Christmas market, and the hugely popular Borough Market next to London Bridge.

Enjoy a festive theatre trip

London’s West End is home to a wide variety of shows, and no trip to the UK’s capital is complete without a visit to the theatre! You could go to see the magnificent puppetry in The Lion King, or enter the wizarding world by getting tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Or for something different, you could go to the ballet – The Nutcracker is performed every winter at the Royal Opera House.

Cheer on your favourite team at a Premier League match

The Premier League is known as one of the best football leagues in the world, and London is home to six of its teams, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Your trip to London this winter is the perfect opportunity to go and enjoy a slice of the action and soak up the incredible atmosphere of a Premier League game. Around the festive period, there’s always lots of football to go and see, so grab your supporter’s scarf and head to a match!

Gaze at the Christmas lights around the city

If you’ve never seen the Christmas lights in London, then you’re missing out! Wandering the streets of London after the sun’s gone down in December is a beautiful experience – looking up, you will see festive lights twinkling above you like a sky full of stars!

Skate at Somerset House or the Natural History Museum

One of the most iconic winter activities to do in London is ice skating at Somerset House or the Natural History Museum. With rinkside DJs and dining, spending an afternoon at an icerink surrounded by London’s impressive architecture is a truly memorable experience. It’ll be cold, so make sure you bring a coat, woolly hat and gloves!

Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

If you’re looking for the ultimate winter’s day out in the heart of London, then Winter Wonderland is the best ticket in town. Recreating a festive village in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is filled with festive activities for all ages, with food, markets, music, rides, and even reindeer!

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