In the summer, London is one of the most remarkable capital cities in the world. The parks (and there are many) fill with people – tourists, students, office workers on lunch break picnics, and in the evening restaurant and pub goers fill the streets of Soho and Shoreditch enjoying the long, hot summer nights.
In the winter though, London is a different city. The rain, cold, and short days keep the parks empty, and while the pubs remain busy and homes remain warm, the streets are less relaxed thoroughfares that continue the party and more urgent corridors to your next indoor space. The city feels less available, less friendly.
But there are still plenty of opportunities to be had. Today we’re taking a look at some of the things you can do during the London winter!
Stay Warm Indoors
As the winter chill settles over London, staying warm indoors becomes a top priority. Cozying up by the fireplace is a cherished way to combat the cold, and for this, investing in quality kiln dried logs for fuel can make all the difference. These logs burn efficiently, producing a consistent and cozy warmth that infuses your home with a welcoming ambiance. Additionally, ensuring that windows and doors are properly sealed, using draught excluders, and layering up with blankets can help maintain a comfortable temperature inside. Winter in London may be brisk, but with the right preparations, your indoor haven can become a warm and inviting refuge from the cold.
Solve Some Puzzles
If you’re looking for a way to explore the city and stretch your brain without venturing too far from shelter or a comfortable watering hole, then you need to explore the busy scene of scavenger hunts, treasure trails and puzzle tours springing up in the city. From the perspective of a scavenger hunt London looks different: museum exhibits become puzzles, the skyline itself could be a clue and side streets you’ve never taken become avenues of discovery.
It’s a great motivation to get exploring and see some more of the city – and you’ll never be far from a bar or cafe if you need to take shelter from the winter weather!
Enjoy the Parks
London is one of the greenest cities in the world, and the onset of winter shouldn’t be cause to abandon them. From Richmond Park in the south to Hampstead Heath in the north, and all of the many parks, commons and green spaces between, London makes a great site for winter walking, not least because all these sites are well connected and you’re rarely far from shelter.
Stay true to the old walker’s adage (there’s no bad weather, only the wrong clothes) and as long as you’re dressed the part, winter won’t keep you from enjoying the green space of London – and getting valuable doses of fresh air and vitamin D!
If you’re feeling stuck indoors by the bad winter weather, rejoice, because London has plenty of cosy hideaways and nooks you can make your own. From accessible memberships (like the private bar of the Picture House Central in Piccadilly or the London Library), to cosy pubs and cafes where you can hide away from the cold and the dark with a hot chocolate and a good book! London has plenty of options to help you establish a little refuge away from home and see out the winter in style.