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 evenings 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 more empty, and while the pubs remain busy, 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.

Today we’re taking a look at some of the views you can do to open London for winter exploration and fun!

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!

Finding Refuge

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.

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Written by Kitty

There's nothing better than a weekend spent at a spa and total relaxation and happy thoughts is a way of life to me. It's lucky I love cats really with a name like mine! Happily married with my three fur babies to keep us company.