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While London is renowned as a tourist-friendly location all year round, the capital is transformed into a winter wonderland during the colder months. From festive Christmas markets and ice-skating rinks to free museums and West End shows, there’s something for everyone in London. If you’re planning a city break or getaway in the capital this year, consider checking out these iconic, must-visit wintertime attractions.
Exploring London in Winter
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a huge Christmas market that’s the biggest of its kind in the UK. Located in the heart of beautiful Hyde Park (the nearest tube stations are Hype Park Corner and Marble Arch), Winter Wonderland is a festive treat for the whole family. On-site attractions include fairground rides, street food stalls and the famous ice kingdom. The market runs until January 2nd 2023, so there’s still time to book tickets!
See a show at the West end
If you’re looking to get cosy and out of the cold, consider booking yourself a seat at one of London’s world-famous West End shows. While going to see a show is great all year round, there’s something about settling down in the wintertime that adds to the luxury. This is a popular choice for those travelling to London for the day by train – we’d recommend booking in advance to snag cheaper tickets.
If there’s one winter activity that’s become synonymous with the festive season, it’s ice skating. The palatial London venue Somerset House has been hosting its own ice skating event for more than 20 years, Skate at Somerset House.
Here, you’ll be able to enjoy skating on one of the most beautiful rinks in the country underneath the glow of a giant Christmas tree. Further into town, you’ll find another picturesque rink set against the iconic backdrop of the Natural History Museum – this has been running since 2013 and continues to attract plenty of visitors each year.
See the Christmas lights on Regent Street
It wouldn’t be wintertime in London without the iconic Christmas lights which illuminate Regent Street and Oxford Street in the heart of town. Check out the spectacular festive market stall and light display and enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping in one of the UK’s best retail districts while you’re there.
Visit London’s museums
London is packed with free museums, many of which are rated amongst the best in the world. If you feel like soaking up some culture on your winter trip to the capital, consider stopping off at top free museums and galleries like the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, the British Museum and the Science Museum.