Cast your mind back one month and you’ll remember the whole country ground to a halt in a snowy standstill. The snow may be nowhere to be seen for now but with the UK’s ever unpredictable weather that doesn’t mean it’s not right around the corner. This time however with a little forward planning you don’t have to be caught out. If you can’t or won’t make it to work, here a few fun ways to enjoy the fluffy white stuff in London.
1 Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Canary Wharf has been twinkling through the winter again thanks to its sixth annual winter wonderland. Surrounded by the iconic towers, the park is decked in festive lighting transforming the area into a winter wonderland. The skating season runs from 13 November to 21 February where families, office parties, romancing couples, and those annoyingly good skaters have been trying their best figure eight while enjoying the festive music and drinks.
2 Burns Night
Not ones to be put off by a little snow, the Scottish celebrate Burns Night on January 25 come sleet or gale force blizzards. A celebration of the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, Burns Night suppers may be either formal or informal but will almost definitely include a haggis, Scotch whiskey, and the recitation of Burns' poetry. Either hold your own party or look out for the lively Scottish get-togethers at all Scottish related bars and pubs. Find out more info on Burns Night in London here.
3 London Theatre
For those who can’t bear to be outside when it’s cold and wet, a trip to the theatre is the perfect way to while away the afternoon. Everyone has a musical, play, comedy, or starring celebrity that they want to see and yet living in London they often gets left for the tourists. London’s iconic theatres are warm, and once the curtains go up you’ll have forgotten all about the snow outside.
It doesn’t take long once the snow has settled before the first person appears on the nearest hill with his sledge. Before long you can guarantee the area to be packed with kids and adults alike dragging upside-down tables, cardboard boxes, stolen street signs, recycling box lids, breakfast trays, or plastic bags wrapped around bums to the top before sliding their way down to the bottom. Popular spots include Hype Park, Greenwich, and Notting Hill. Fun and goodhearted—enjoying the snow in London doesn’t get better than this.
5 Winter Wonderland
This year's Winter Wonderland may have already finished but the attraction is such an amazing set up and celebration of all things wintry no list would be complete without it. Held in Hyde Park the fair features London's largest outdoor ice rink, a toboggan slide, traditional German Christmas market, cafés, a 50-meter high observation wheel, carol concerts, a carousel, helter skelter, and hundreds of stalls selling the finest mulled wine, minced pies, and festive treats. Make sure it’s on your winter must do list when it returns in December.