From the cobbled stone alleys to the rituals of afternoon tea, from the vintage buildings to the modern skyscrapers, from the double-decker bus to the red telephone booths, everything about London is magical.
And with the onset of winter, this magical city turns into a winter wonderland.
Winter is also the time when the laid back vibe kicks in, summer dresses are traded for winter coats, hats are replaced by beanies and the entire city dazzles with million shimmering lights.
And all you can think of is to settle down in a cozy pub sipping your favorite drink by the crackling warm fire accompanied by some great music. Oh wait, don’t get us wrong, we are not asking you to go to London to be wrapped in your favorite blanket and sip hot chocolate. There is much more that the city has to offer in Winter as well, so just unpack your winter gear, book your flights to enjoy an Instagramable London.
Here are our top 5 reasons to visit London in winter.
– Winter Wonderland –
London is as pretty during winter as it is in summer. As the fluffy snow descends from the sky and covers the entire city, it looks straight out of a fairytale. The snow-covered London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the Big Ben are quite Pinterest worthy and the afternoon tea is the perfect excuse to escape the London winter.
Ice Staking rinks pop up in different parts of the city where you can find kids and adults having fun alike. There are many impressive skating rinks in the city but the ones that you should definitely add to your itinerary are skating rink at Canary Wharf, Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Hyde Park and the Tower of London.
And if, you are planning a trip around New Year’s eve, make sure to be part of the amazing fireworks on the river Thames.
You can check: Events calendar and plan your itinerary accordingly.
– Lighter on the Wallet –
It is an expensive city and there is no second thought about it. But in winter there are many irresistible deals that you cannot shy away from. All the major attractions or say must visit places are free. Art galleries thrive in the colder months and most of the galleries are open to the public for free.
Everything from accommodation, trips, and food are considerably cheaper during the winter months.
– Less Crowd –
London is quieter in winter as compared to summer. With fewer tourists during winter, London makes for a perfect escapade. The many perks include less crowded museums, bars, restaurants or the entire street to yourself.
You don’t have to dodge with other locals or tourists in the Tube. There is enough space for everybody to soak in the winter charm.
– Shop till you drop –
Winter is the time to splurge on some of your best designer clothes. The year-end sale and clearance sale during winter are the best time to stock your wardrobe. The entire roads and streets scream festive during winter. The most popular Regent street and Oxford street sparkle with dazzling lights during winter and add to an exciting shopping experience.
( Read: London’s top shopping destinations )
Christmas markets are also set up at Southbank Centre and food market at Covent Garden as part of the festivities.
You can also check out some exclusive discounts for British Airways customers HERE
– Great Deals on Airfare –
Let us admit the fact that the airfare always plays a major role while deciding a trip to any destination and the good news is that in winter most of the flights are dirt cheap.
Non-stop airfare to the UK in the summer can cost upwards of $1200 for a flight out of any city in India. But come winter, the prices of flights to the UK from all major hubs are drastically cheap. Nothing better than saving tons of money on airfare and flying during winter. It is also one of the best times to fly with British Airways as the flights are way too cheaper than the summer months.
Entire London is well-connected by public transport ( Tube, Overground, DLR & Bus). It is quite easy to commute from one part of the city to the other without much hassle.
Things to Know
- It is cheaper to travel via public transport compared to hiring a taxi in London.
- Buy an Oyster Card to pay for Tube rides and other public transport (available in Tube Stations) and recharge as you go.
- Planning your accommodation near tube station could make your commute hassle free.
- Based on your preference, download the maps for Tube, Overground, DLR, Bus, River Services and Cycle maps.
- British Airways also provides free sim cards if you fly with them.
- There is no dearth of free things to do in London so make sure you do plan in advance.
- Most of the world-class museums are free so make the best use of it.
- Last but not the least, the best way to brave the London winters is by packing the right winter wear.
How To Get There
There are direct flights of British Airways from all the major cities of India like Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi to name a few.
This post is written in collaboration with British Airways.
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