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A Local’s Guide to the Perfect Winter Visit to London

Halloween is over, Christmas is around the corner and London is one of the most magical places to be for the holidays. The Christmas lights of Oxford Street, the giant displays at Harrods along with the chance of snow and good pub food, I always feel a little bit homesick around this time of year. Aside from the classic tourist spots like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, there are so many cool spots in London that are worth the visit, especially during the festive season.

1. Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park

This is one of the largest Christmas events that London holds annually, and the name says it all – it is a wonderland! You can find countless food stalls, artisans selling their quirky little pieces, fairground rides, haunted houses, the world famous Ice Bar, an ice rink and so much more. It is perfect for all ages, but be prepared to wrap up because it can get really cold! 



2. Carnaby Street – Soho

Carnaby Street is notorious for shopping and good food places, and gets transformed into a Christmas carnival every year with lights, music and other festivities. Christmas sales are everywhere so be prepared to be out shopping for hours. The best time is in the evening as the lights look better in the dark, but Carnaby Street is just as beautiful all year round. 


3. Greenwich Christmas Market

If you’re a fan of quaint old markets, Greenwich Market puts on a spectacular display with their lights and stalls. Near the River Thames, it also makes for a cozy day out and about with all the cute little restaurants by the water.


4. Pubs

Nothing screams ‘British’ like a Sunday roast at a pub, especially during the festive season. Almost all pubs will have specials and drink deals around this time of year, and even if you don’t visit or live in London, there are Wetherspoon’s all over the country that deliver equally good roasts. You can go for a comforting dinner in front of a fire or for their pub quiz nights and karaoke. 


5. St. Katharine Docks Floating Film Festival

All your favorite Christmas movies on a deck decorated with fairy lights, comfy chairs and blankets, complete with mulled wine, hot chocolate and other delicious snacks. You’ve got a view of the river again and in my opinion, it is a perfect way to wind down at the end of the day. 




Ana Bhardwaj

Washington '21

Ana is a sophomore at the University of Washington from London, England. She is studying English Literature and in her free time, she enjoys photography, baking, watching movies and going to concerts and festivals.
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