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What To Do In London In Winter: 5 Fun Activities

Ice skating in London

Ice Skating at the Queen’s House

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Whether you plan to skate or not, the Queen’s House Ice Rink is where all the fun will be at! Queen’s House is a former royal residence built between 1616 and 1635. Located in Greenwich, this spectacular property is one of London’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy unbeatable views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park as you weave (or wobble) your way around the rink. 

This winter, the ice rink will be open from November 20th 2020 to Sunday January 10th 2021. Booking in advance is required to ensure that there is enough room for social distancing. Sessions last up to 45 minutes on the ice. It won’t be necessary to bring your own ice skates! After you have finished skating, warm up with an indulgent hot chocolate at the National Maritime Museum’s Parkside Café next to the ice rink.

Go to a Cosy Pub

What’s better than spending the cold winter nights at a pub, especially one with an open fire? If you are looking to meet locals and interact with them, a London pub is one of the best places to do so. By visiting an English pub you will be able to soak up the local atmosphere, watch a football game, and maybe even try popular British cuisine. How does bangers and mash sound? These are some of the cosiest London pubs within the city centre –

The Pineapple, Kentish Town

The Pineapple was built in 1886, and is nestled in the quiet back streets North of Kentish Town. The pub has dark Wooden interiors, sprawling rooms with open fires and a decent collection of board games! Some nights are themed at The Pineapple. For example, on Mondays there is a pub quiz on an evening, whilst Thursdays are known as ‘Cheese Thursdays’. The Pineapple also has an excellent thai kitchen.

Holly Bush, Hampstead

The Holly Bush pub in Hampstead Village makes almost every blogger’s list of cosy London pubs. This Grade II listed public house was originally built as a house in the 1790s. Today, Holly Bush has become famous for its open fire, warm atmosphere and delicious roast dinners. It’s the perfect place to enjoy fabulous food, ales and wine on a cold winter’s day.

The Grapes, Limehouse

The Grapes is a Grade II listed public house in London’s Limehouse area. The Grapes is a traditional Victorian long bar with a veranda overlooking The Thames. It’s small, cute, and cosy. It attracts a mixture of locals, and Tolkien fans as this London pub is part owned by actor Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf).

However, the pub is not everyone’s idea of a fun, so stick around; the next activity might be something you like.

Christmas shopping

Regent street

Nothing beats Christmas shopping – this Christmas won’t be any different. Many stores will be selling items at a reduced price from November onwards in the run up to the big day! Whilst there are countless shops to choose from in London, we believe that no shopping trip in London is complete without a visit to Harrods. 

Harrods launched in 1824, when it was opened as a general merchant’s shop for drapes, linens, wickers, and various goods. Today, Harrods is London’s most famous luxury department store. Ever since Harrods opened, its motto has been Omnia Omnibus Ubique (Latin). When translated it means “All things, for all people, everywhere.” The motto rings true, as Harrods has 7 floors and stocks over 5000 brands!

Explore the Streets of Shoreditch

Shoreditch is known as the playground of creatives, young people, and trend-setters in London. You will find everything from one of a kind deli’s, street art, restaurants, and galleries. 

One of the most popular places to go in Shoreditch is Boxpark. Boxpark is an innovative street food and live events venue made from disused shipping containers. Inside the containers, you’ll find a mixture of cute boutiques and street food vendors. But if you love antiques or vintage items, you should check out Old Spitalfields Market – which is just a few minutes away from Shoreditch. Old Spitalfields Market is the original East London market place and it’s open 7 days a week. 

If you have time, you may also want to check out Brick Lane – which is home to London’s best curry houses.

Crazy Golfing

If you are looking for the best fun activity to do in London, then you should try Plonk Crazy Golf. There are four venues around London including Horniman Museum, Camden Market, London Fields, and the newest addition, Peckham Fields. You will never get bored at Plonk as the challenges and obstacles will both frustrate and excite you!   

Before, and after your game of golf why not visit the other attractions within the venue? At Plonk Crazy Golf you will also find arcade games, board games and ping pong. Each venue also has a bar and a kitchen for drinks and food should you work up an appetite. If you need more information about Plonk Golf venues visit plonkgolf.co.uk.

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