Winter is often considered to be the most magical time to visit London. The city is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland full of festive activities, twinkling lights and seasonal food and drink.
Helping visitors to make the most of the capital, Caledonian Sleeper has listed its top winter experiences which can be enjoyed in conjunction with the overnight rail service’s current ‘festive returns’ journey.
The offer provides guests with half price tickets on the second leg of their journey across all routes throughout November and the first half of December, allowing them to get home for 50 per cent of the original price.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Open from 17 November until 1 January, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is returning for its 11th year to get visitors into the Christmas spirit.
Free to enter and perfect for families, the event offers a host of festive fun and activities including ice skating, a Christmas market, decorated carousel, traditional fairground and giant observation wheel.
Children can also meet Father Christmas in Santa Land where elves welcome visitors every day until 6pm.
Take a Stroll in London’s Parks
Wrap up warm and enjoy a leisurely stroll in one of London’s many parks. The city is home to plenty of green space including Hyde Park, Richmond Park and St James’s Park where ice-covered trees and frosted lakes provide the perfect backdrop.
Pick up a hot chocolate from one of the many nearby cafes and watch the world go by from a park bench.
Enjoy a Hot Toddy
London’s many rooftop bars are the ideal place to take in the city’s dramatic skyline.
Curl up under blankets and heaters and enjoy a winter warmer at locations including South Pole Saloon in Brixton, The Windmill in Mayfair and Pergola on the Roof at Paddington Central.
For those who are not a fan of heights, look out for the various pop-up winter-themed bars across the city.
Wintertime at Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre is transformed into a Nordic-inspired wonderland from 10 November to 4 January.
The art centre’s annual winter festival sees the area alongside the River Thames turned into a hub of festive activities offering an array of Christmas markets, shows and plenty of family entertainment.
Admire the surrounding glittering lights whilst enjoying seasonal food and drink from market stalls including mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. Jimmy Garcia’s pop-up alpine lodge is the ideal spot for a warm meal.
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