London is known for its great sights, parks and gardens during the summer. Here you can walk, play sports and often barbeque making it the prime city to celebrate the sun. There is evidently plenty to do in the warm weather to keep you outside for days on end, just ask our countless park attendant’s. However, with the bitter British winter upon us it’s sometimes difficult to keep ourselves occupied through the blustery months. The weather can be unpredictable on the best of British days but we have a wide range of activities to keep you entertained to the point where you won’t even notice the bad weather.
Magic Lantern Festival
The magical lantern festival is geared around the Chinese Lantern Festivals. This is an age old tradition in which during the Chinese empire, children would make and decorate paper lanterns and hang them around the city. A celebration of tradition and an embracing of Chinese culture, the Chinese Lantern Festival takes place in Chiswick Gardens and attracts thousands of people each year. This year the giant lanterns are themed around the Silk Road, the name given to the trail which was taken for trade between the East and the West. On top of the themed lanterns, visitors can find a wide array of different market stalls as well as an ice themed bar. The Magical Lantern Festival goes on till the 26th February.
Walking the city
London is famous for its vast array of parks. There are plenty of them, that’s for sure. Don’t let the British Winter put you off as parks such as Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Green Park gorgeous during the Winter Period. The crispness of the grass as well as the tinge of frost can embellish the spindly branches of the wide array of age old trees. If it snows, take a sledge to Muswell Hill and hit the slopes. The south bank can be great for this as well.
English Pubs – 50
What better place to warm yourself but by the hearth of Britain’s traditional pubs. After sledging, hiking and all round braving the weather, a hearty pub lunch and a good pint in a warm and welcoming atmosphere is always going to be the key to a relaxing winter’s afternoon. The Jugged Hare is a great example of what London’s gastropubs have to offer in these winter months.
Winter Markets in London
Again this is an outside endeavour but markets such as Portobello Market, Broadway market and SPitalfields Market are all great examples of places to find cheap gifts and hearty inexpensive food. The chestnuts roasting on an open fire will keep you warm whilst the amount of vintage coats on sale will be enough to make you hot under the collar. These markets bring with them years and decades of history, a really tradition of London life and one not to miss during the winter season.