8 Attractions to Visit in London This Winter

London is a magnificent city and is home to some of the finest art galleries, museums, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, as well as a myriad of modern and historical attractions. Though it’s great to visit the UK capital at any time of the year—summer being the peak tourist season—winter is also terrific occasion to experience all the wonderful sites and sounds it has to offer.

The biggest benefit of holidaying in London during winter: affordable flights and accommodation. You can stay at any of the luxury hotels near Hyde Park, or anywhere in London for a much lower price.

In terms of location, facilities, and rates, the Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel is a great choice. It’s well connected to the tourist areas as well as shopping and entertainment venues, which makes it a popular choice.

While visiting London this winter, don’t miss out on these eight attractions:

1. Stroll through famous parks

If you feel like a stroll (and the weather permits), the best places to enjoy the sheer beauty and serenity of nature are the city’s famous parks. London is home to eight Royal Parks and plenty of open green spaces that are wonderful to explore. Though it’s not picnic season, you could stay warm on your amble with a cup of hot chocolate.

2. Shop at Harrods

Harrods always has something great going on, including a new season of clothes and accessories being introduced in the New Year. Whether you have the money or not, you can easily spend hours in Harrods enjoying its fantastic displays and clothing departments. Why not head to the chocolate bar, and try one of their signature hot chocolates, milkshakes, or cookies? You’ll find the Pet Shop on the top floor a particular hit with the kids. You can even do some celebrity spotting!

3. Visit the Geffrye Museum

London has some the best museums in the world, and the Geffrye Museum is another such place to visit. There’s no admission charge, and it’s a lovely place to explore and learn as to how the festive season was celebrated in England in its past. The rooms are authentically decorated and reflect life in English homes the 1600s to the present. Don’t miss out on The V&A, The Tate, and the Natural History Museum, either—they’re all free too!

4. Tour haunted pubs

London dates back to more than 2,000 years. With such a long history, there are bound to be places that have had unsavory events. The city is well known for its haunted spots that include palaces, taverns, and pubs to name just a few. So why not join a walking tour that takes you to the city’s famous haunted pubs? Just be sure to bundle up and prepare yourself to meet some of the spookiest residents of the city!

5. Enjoy the Southbank Centre Winter Festival

Irrespective of the weather, one of the most popular spots in London, among locals and visitors alike, is the magical Southbank Centre. With a café that’s in the unique shape of a Christmas tree with a maze, it’s one cool place to enjoy up until 25 January 2017. There are Swiss-styled chalets that sell a wide variety of winter goodies and crafts, and there’s plenty of live entertainment, which includes school and local choirs. It’s a great place to be entertained for free!

6. Feel the vibe of Trafalgar Square

The famous square sets the scene for popular events that attract revelers every festive season. Welcoming crowds since 1947, it’s a favorite among Londoners and visitors. Don’t forget to have your picture taken next to the famous lion statues, visit the renowned National Gallery, or check out the latest film premieres so that you can be among the fans along the red carpet.

7. Check out the sales at Westfield

Westfield is one of the biggest shopping centers in London, with great accessibility and plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés to choose from. For those who wish to indulge in the finer things in life, you’ll find exclusive designer shops at The Village, as well as a champagne bar if you’re still feeling celebratory of the New Year. Shoppers will also find plenty of winter sales on clothing, accessories, and household items in shops all across the center.

8. Go ice skating at Somerset House

The winter season marks the opening of many ice-skating rinks across the city, and one of the most iconic and popular is at Somerset House, which is open until 15 January 2017. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, it offers the perfect atmosphere on afternoon out with friends.

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