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*This blog was initially written before London was placed under Tier 4 lockdown. Please follow all rules and guidelines that were put in place to ensure your safety.*

London has long been known as the United Kingdom’s premier destination for fun and entertainment. During the winter, the city comes to life with seasonal activities perfect for the whole family. Here are some of the best ways to spend time in London during the winter.

Walk Along Regent Street to See the Christmas Lights

London’s famous Regent Street sparkles during the holiday season when the beautiful Christmas lights are displayed. Colourful bulbs that are formed into exquisite arrangements provide a feast for the eyes. Spectators can tour the street at their own pace to see all the beautiful lights while getting more into the holiday spirit.

Get a Panoramic City View from The Shard

The Shard is one of Europe’s tallest structures and offers some of London’s best views from the observation areas. Viewing the city from inside The Shard can also provide a great way to escape the winter cold. The 72nd floor is a particularly ideal location for getting spectacular city views.

Experience Winter at Kew Gardens

Even though there are no new plants or flowers that grow here during the winter, the gorgeous holiday light displays should still not be missed. Tunnels that are lined with twinkling lights are created to give visitors a memorable walkthrough experience. Additional lights can be seen strewn over the greenhouses and waterways.

Visit Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge serves as a symbol of progress and history. It’s been converted into a beautiful walkthrough museum and adds terrific views of the city. Built in the late 1800s, the bridge allows pedestrians to walk freely across while cars pass below. 

Explore the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park, which has long been one of London’s most iconic gathering spots, transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. A Christmas market where people can buy decorations, crafts, and jewellery is a significant part of the event. The UK’s largest outdoor ice rink also opens for the season during the celebration so that first-time and experienced skaters can glide across the pristine ice. Ice sculptures are also on display in Hyde Park to ignite even more of the season’s magic.

Visiting London during the winter can be a more worthwhile experience when people partake in these fun activities. Winter in London can give people opportunities to try new things and see different sides of the city.