London is one of the world’s great, cosmopolitan cities and a trip during the quieter months of winter is the perfect opportunity to rediscover the thrills of the capital without the hustle and bustle the summer months bring.
Five Fun Things to do in London
Climb the 02
Get high above Greenwich and see the city landscape beyond by climbing up one of the best-known venues in London. Look over historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf as you marvel at the 360-degree views on offer and on a clear day, you can see up to 15 miles into the distance.
Climbs can be booked for any time of day so whether you want to climb up as the sun goes down for a romantic sunset scene, or you’re a night owl wanting to see the city at twilight, you’re sure to be amazed.
Visit London Zoo, Regent’s Park
Unleash your wild side at ZSL London Zoo, nestled in the middle of Regent’s Park. There are dozens of animals from all over the world to see and lots to explore. For those travelling to the zoo from Notting Hill, there’s lots of street art and statues you can admire on your route from Banky’s mural on Portobello Road, to the rainbow crossing in Camden.
Wander Through Famous Museums, Kensington
There are so many museums around London which open their doors to visitors. Head over to the Natural History Museum wander around the extraordinary exhibits from all over the world.
After that, head down the road to the Science Museum and their Wonderlab, a new immersive exhibit that is sure to reawaken your curiosity as you discover the incredible ways science and maths shape our world. If you’re more into art and design, then the Victorian and Albert Museum is just the place for you. It’s the world’s largest museum of its kind with its origins based on The Great Exhibition of 1851.
Take in the Landscape, Southend
One of the many great things about London is that whether you’re on the ground or high above there’s always a great view to greet you. Both the Shard and the London Eye give you an effortlessly great panoramic view of the city. However, for the highest view in London, the Shard is your best bet.
Standing 306 metres tall amongst the cityscape, this iconic building is well worth a visit. As well as a great view on offer, there are six bars and restaurants for you to treat yourself to some amazing food and drink.
Explore London’s Heritage, Tower Hill
It’s a great time to get back out and be immersed in London’s rich history too. Head South West to Richmond to see the impressive Hampton Court Palace, the 16th Century former home of King Henry VIII. See the intricate clock Henry designed himself, and peek into the huge original Tudor kitchens and marvel at the stunning Great Hall.
In central London, the 1,000-year-old fortress, Tower of London sits proudly beside the river and offers a fascinating insight into London’s history and tradition. Take a tour with a Yeoman Warder, keep an eye out for the resident ravens and even have a peek at the Crown Jewels themselves.