12 winter things to do in London


Boasting some of the world’s best attractions, events, restaurants and nightlife in the world, you will be spoilt for choice if you are planning a winter visit to London.

12 of the best winter attractions in London include:

1. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The biggest winter festival of its kind, Winter Wonderland offers ice skating, a circus, festive stalls, mulled wine, fairground rides and much more – great for all the family.

2. The Geffrye Museum

This Shoreditch museum is free to enter and is a great place to visit if you want to be transported back to the 1930’s. Peak inside the authentically decorated living rooms which go back as far as 400 years to get a real feel of how we used to live.

3. Christmas Markets

Go to the Barbican and Leadenhall Christmas markets which are both undercover so you can browse for bargains without getting cold or wet. Choose from vintage and designer clothing and other quality gifts.

4. London Parks

Wrap up warm and visit one of London’s stunning parks in winter. Pick up a hot chocolate on the way and make the most of London’s beautiful green areas.

5. Haunted Pubs

Discover London’s most haunted pubs, which seem even more spooky if you visit on a frosty, cold night. Some of these pubs date back to the time of Jack the Ripper so beware!

6. Southbank Centre

The Winter Festival at the Southbank attracts visitors from all over the UK. Beautiful Christmas decorations and vibrant riverside bars serve up mulled wine and other warming winter drinks. The festival is free to enter and includes stalls selling crafts and gifts plus live entertainment.

7. Ice Skating at Somerset House

London’s festive season really gets under way when the ice rink at Somerset House opens. The rink offers skating in stunning surroundings and weekend club nights.

8. Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square

This incredible tree has been attracting crowds for decades since the first fir came over from Oslo as a gift from Norway in 1947. The trees is around 20 metres high and a crane is used to decorate it.

9. Winterville

Winterville is a free pop up park town that has moved south of the river to Clapham Common. Festive attractions include an ice rink, roller disco, cinema and fairground.

10. Greenwich Market

Royal Greenwich has beautiful buildings, lively riverside pubs and a busy market selling unique arts and crafts. Visit the market in December and you may find Father Christmas putting in a shift!

11. Hot toddies in rooftop bars

Order a hot toddy or 3 in one of London’s rooftop bars. Get under the blankets and heaters and enjoy some delicious hot winter alcohol-fuelled drinks.

12. Visit Dennis Severs’ House

Christmas is all about dreams and stories, and nothing showcases the spirit of imagination better than a trip to this part home / part time capsule. Book online in advance.

If you are looking for a wide choice of winter events, attractions and accommodation in London, check out Eventful Stays.