Winter activities in London – what to do when the days get colder and shorter!
I did a post about Christmas Markets in London, but there are so many more events and activities in the British capital during the winter months, to brighten them up!
I’m sharing some of my favourite things to do during the Christmas period! Please share and leave a comment down below or on twitter/instagram, I’d love to know what your favourite things to do in London are!
London Christmas Markets
London has SO many Christmas markets, it’s hard to go to all of them! I’ve done a post just for Christmas Markets in London so check it out if you are interested! It will get you ready for the Christmas season! There’s a wide selection available for everyone, whatever your likes and dislikes. It’s a fantastic way to make the most of winter, and also go outdoors despite the cold.
The lighting in Carnaby street for Christmas changes year on year, and it never disappoints! Its so Christmassy to shop here with all the bright colourful lights, and there are so many make up stores here, not to mention Liberty department store!
Regents Street Christmas lights
Regent street is SO impressive with the Christmas lights every year, and I went to check it out this year too, and its so pretty! Just looking at it is pretty, and I love the buildings which line Regents street too. But its also great for Christmas shopping, with a lot of high end brands having their flagship stores here.
At a perpendicular to Regents street, Oxford street is full of every single shop you can imagine, mostly high street shops, as well as department stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser. You will definitely only need one street to do your Christmas shopping!
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Once you’ve had enough of the packed streets and lights, the parks in London are still lovely to visit in the winter. Hyde Park is famous for Winter Wonderland this time of year, but most of the park is still untouched and kept as usual. Green Park and Kensington Gardens are also gorgeous to walk through, with their water features. Kew Gardens needs a special mention too, because their Christmas lights are stunning!
Who wouldn’t want to do their Christmas shopping at Harrods?! Whether its for presents, food for the Christmas festivities, treats for yourself or just for a bite to eat, this world famous department store is a must-try at least once! Apparently, even the Queen of England does her Christmas shopping at Harrods!
Hamleys Toy Store
If adults want to go to Harrods, Hamley’s on Regents Street is definitely the kids version of this. The huge toy store is suitable for all ages and all genders, and all interests! If you’ve got kids or kids to buy gifts for, Hamley’s won’t let you down!
Covent Garden is so gorgeous during the Christmas months, with gorgeous lights and a huge Christmas tree! You can shop high end shops here, such as Chanel and Dior, and theres also an Apple store which is quite large. There are plenty of places to eat and rest as well, why not have a break with a macaroon at Ladurée, my favourite!
I really love strolling down the Regents canal, from Kings Cross to Angel, and down the other way to Little Venice. During the wintery months, it can be a relaxing and gorgeous walk by the water, ending with a coffee or dinner at the many restaurants in Angel, or the cafes or Little Venice.
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Hampton Court Palace Winter Ice Rink
This one is strictly speaking not in London, but its easy enough to get to from Waterloo station, using South Western Railway. I love this ice skating rink because its so calm compared to the ones in central London, and you get to skate with a Palace in the background!
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Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed and if you live in London, please let me know if you’ve been to any or what your favourites are! Please share and leave a comment down below or on twitter/instagram, I’d love to find out more about Christmas in other countries!
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