London is a city packed with things to see and do all year long. It’s one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, offering something for every kind of traveler. Wintertime can be a great time to visit London because there are fewer tourists here than in the summer, so you’ll be able to enjoy the sights with less crowds. You can even begin your holiday in London, then get a cheap flight to another destination in Europe. It’s so easy to catch the train from London to Heathrow and catch a plane to the next stop on your trip. So get over to London and use our guide for things to do during the winter there:
1. Buckingham Palace
You’ll want to visit the iconic Buckingham Palace any time of year that you visit London, but wintertime provides a special opportunity to tour the state rooms while the queen is away. During these months, a guide will show you all around the state rooms the queen normally occupies. And to top it off, you’ll finish your tour with a glass of champagne in the Grand Entrance.
2. Hyde Park
London’s largest park comes to life with winter magic during the frosty months. The Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a definite must-see in the winter and is particularly magical if you’re traveling with children. There’s an ice skating rink, several roller coasters, a magical ice kingdom and lots of cozy winter foods and drinks.
3. Canary Wharf
To get in the holiday spirit, head to Canary Wharf to check out the annual majestic light display. The wharf is illuminated with a wind-powered light installation that’s meant to visualize the wind. A fleet of ships bearing hundreds of lights floats across the Middle Dock, a truly spectacular winter sight.
4. Wilton’s Music Hall
For a unique experience during the winter months, check out Wilton’s Music Hall where you can swing into the holidays with the jitterbug, lindy hop and other great dances at this gorgeous grand music hall. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a great dancer to enjoy the live music and dancing on Monday nights in December!