Looking for the best place to enjoy a crisp day in London this winter? The city known for its seasonal pop-up activities does not disappoint this year, with the festive winter spirit in London providing us with a plethora of exciting ways to spend a chilly evening. Here is our round up of the best things to experience in London this winter.
Christmas at Kew
The world-famous botanical gardens at Kew has undergone another magical transformation this winter. This year, the mile-long, twinkling trail is back, but holds new surprises, such as immersive vines, branches of fairy-fire and a dazzling archway leading to a treetop walkway.
Once you have finished soaking up all the sparkling trail has to offer, pop into the Coach & Horses, Kew to keep the festive spirit alive. Have mulled wine next to a crackling fire and warm up those bones!Coach and Horses, Kew
Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle
Get ready to catch some real wintery feels as The Winter Forest returns to Broadgate Circle, bigger and better than ever before. This East London/City of London hotspot will have wood cabins for you to chill out in, twinkling lights and a thicket of over 200 snow-capped trees for you to wander through. The only pub in Broadgate Circle, The White Horse, will have its heated terrace fully kitted out with blankets, rugs and it’s famous sharer-boards, perfect for group after work drinks or get-togethers with friends.The White Horse
Outdoor Secret Cinema, Wandsworth
For all the movie fans out there, you’ll be pleased to hear the popular Backyard Cinema has opened its newest venue in Wandsworth. Their biggest venue comes equipped with a Winter Night Garden, where visitors must first pass through a magical wardrobe and begin their adventure into the enchanted forest. With films ranging from family favourites to Christmas feel-goods and cult classics, you’ll be sure to find a screening that tickles your fancy. For those wanting to find a nearby watering hole, head next door to The Kings Arms for a post-film pick-me-up. Their extensive drinks menu should have you and your pals more than satisfied for an evening.The King's Arms
The Chronicles of The County Arms
In keeping with the book fever that seems to be spreading through London this winter, we have one in particular suited to all the C.S. Lewis fans out there. The County Arms, overlooking Wandsworth Common has transformed its garden into what could be described as a different realm. With covered decking themed as a Royal Great Hall banqueting arena, and their brunch, lunch and dinner menu, this is the perfect coffee pit-stop, dinner spot or even winter party venue.
Wave at Eccleston Yard
For those wanting something a bit more central, the cool Eccleston Yard is set to shine this winter, with the Belgravia spot opening a stunning, multi-sensory light installation. With 500 individually suspended orbs, visitors can immerse themselves in a calming aura as each project different vibrations depending on their colour. Yellow orbs will stimulate happiness, whilst orange orbs have been designed to energise the body, and the blue orbs are said to calm the heart rate. With buzzy Victoria close by, why not reflect on this wellness ethos at The Phoenix, Victoria with a vegan meal or their famous Skipper’s Catch, where they are able to tell you exactly where their fresh fish was caught and the name of the boat it was landed on!The Phoenix, Victoria
The Peter Pan Cup
If a brisk walk on Christmas Day to work up an appetite for lunch is usually on your family’s agenda, then why not make watching this unusual Christmas morning race the focus of it. Every year since 1864, the members of the Serpentine Swimming Cup race for the Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park and since it has been dubbed ‘Britain’s Coldest Race’. For those who are looking for more Christmas Day inspiration, explore how you can hang up the apron and let someone else do the hard work.Christmas Inspiration