If you’ve made the choice to pursue English courses in London, it’s time to start getting excited about heading to the best city in the world! If your English courses take place over the winter, you may be dreading the famous British winter. Yes, the weather will be gloomy, however, you are in one of the most exciting cities for the holiday period. That means there are a tremendous number of things to see and do. There’ll be no time to hibernate!
London is more glorious than ever at Christmas time. Whether you love the holiday season or not, there’s truly something for everyone to do during the winter period. Read on for our complete guide on how to keep yourself occupied in London this winter.
Enjoy the festive vibes at one of the many Christmas Markets
If you love Christmas, then you’re going to love London during the winter months. There are a ton of great Christmas markets for you to explore. You can get into the Christmas spirit at Hyde Park, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Greenwich, and Kingston, amongst others. There’ll be lots of opportunities to consume delicious seasonal food and drinks. The markets are perfect for shopping for gifts (or yourself) as they feature a wide range of items included handcrafted goods from around the world.
Visit Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland – November 17 – January 1
Hyde Park is home to London’s most popular Christmas event, Winter Wonderland. This funfair/carnival makes for a great experience during the day or the night when it’s illuminated by an amazing light display. There’s plenty to do for every age bracket, as well as lots of tasty food and drink options. If you really feel like getting involved, hop onto one of the many rides on offer.
Pick up some great bargains during the winter sales
If you love to shop, you’re in the right city! This is the right time of the year to get your hands on some heavily discounted item. There are lots of shopping districts for you to explore, including Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden, Westfield, and many others. The winter sales run from Boxing Day to mid-January.
Get your skate on at one of the many Christmas ice rinks
If you’re feeling a little more active this winter, you’re going to love the amount of ice skating rinks that pop up in London at this time of the year. There are both outdoor and indoor rink options. We’d recommend checking out the spectacular rink at Somerset House. Or glide with grace at Henry VIII’s old home at the Hampton Court Palace. You’ll also be able to check out ice skating rinks at Winter Wonderland, Tower of London, Natural History Museum and Canary Wharf, among others. Totally worth coming out of hibernation for. Even if you don’t like to skate, the rinks are a wonderful place to people watch. Most skating rinks also have food and drinks to enjoy while you watch the skaters go by or to warm up after you skate.