How to spend winter in London.

Sadly it rarely snows in London, so the white winter you’re dreaming of is unlikely to happen in the capital. But London is still gorgeous in the winter, and here are a few of my favourite spots in London (including a few “secret” instagrammable locations).

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West London

Wander through West London, where  you’ll find the prettiest streets (I may be biased – I used to live in west!). Notting Hill of course is a favourite. Kensington is also an amazing area to wander through. If you’re looking for picture perfect destinations, here are a few pretty “secret” streets to visit: Ledbury Road; Saint Luke’s Mews; Saint Stephen’s Mews; Lennox Gardens; Bywater Street. Happy snapping!

Bright pink door in London

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Churchill Arms

This pub is an instagrammer’s dream during spring (it’s absolutely covered in flowers), but in winter I think it’s amazing! They cover the pub in Christmas trees, so at night it’s lit up like a… well, like a Christmas tree!

Churchill Arms at Christmas time

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is a must-see at any time of year, but in winter it takes on a new, mysterious life. On cold grey days you’ll see swans floating across the water of the Serpentine, and wander through the foggy forests.

Hyde Park in winter

a parakeet in Hyde Park

Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is especially beautiful in the spring, as it’s full to bursting with flowers. Primrose Hill at the top of Regent’s Park is the perfect place to watch the sunrise – which is always around 4pm in winter. And afterwards you can head straight into a warm pub for a pint.

Winter flowers in Regents Park

Sunset at Primrose Hill, London

Covent Garden

I used to work right near Covent Garden, so I’d often wander around the area during my lunch break. In winter you’ll find Christmas decorations everywhere, including a giant Christmas tree. My recommendation – head to the Punch & Judy pub (it’s tricky to find), and sit outside, drinking a mulled wine and watching the Christmas shoppers.

Christmas in Covent Garden, London

South Bank

Wandering along the Thames at South Bank was a Christmas tradition for me in London. The Christmas markets there are inspired by German Christmas markets – in fact, a lot of the stalls names are written in German. There are always pop ups open for Christmas in the South Bank area – usually with a warm fire and mulled wine.

Drinking mulled wine in front of a fire

Shakespeare's Globe during winter


Have you spent winter or Christmas in London? Let me know what your favourite things to do around the season are!

Christmas tree in front of St Pauls, London

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Winter blooms in Regent's Park, London

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6 thoughts on “How to spend winter in London.

    1. Fun fact! There’s a huge flock of parakeets living in Hyde Park! They’re wild, and they’re actually considered a pest even though they’re waaaay prettier than the regular old pigeons you see!

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