Ann Davis is an avid HubSpot-certified Content Marketer in the Technology, Health and Wellness, and Home and Lifestyle niches.
The days get shorter, the weather colder, and the night darker in December, but it’s also the time that London comes most alive. In other words, winter is the most magical season to visit London. There are lots of festive activities as Londoners spread the Christmas cheer and celebrate New Year. If you’re into twinkling lights and delicious Christmas market cookies, there’s no better time to visit London than in December.
You’re here because you’re looking for the most memorable holiday attractions in London this winter. Let’s introduce you to the best ten.
1. Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Take yourself back in time and experience the magic of Circus 1903 from December 16, 2021 to January 2, 2022. The golden age of circus with a vibrant adoption of classic acts is here to keep you entertained. You’ll marvel at the breath-taking acrobatics and death-defying stunts that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
The circus isn’t complete without the thrill of the magnificent life-size elephant puppets that look so real. The minds behind them are the puppeteers behind the war horse.
Tickets are available online, going for £27.75.
2. The Tower Bridge at London Boroughs
This iconic landmark must be in your priority list of top attractions to visit in London. For a long time, it has been the symbol of progress and history, later converted into a beautiful walk-through museum for all to enjoy. Overall, it’s a combination of indoor activity and outdoor beauty that makes it one of the best places to be at in London in Winter.
3. Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace
Another fascination you mustn’t miss is the Changing of Guard at Buckingham Palace. It takes place outside the Palace and last about 45 minutes stating from 10.45 AM. The best part is that you can join the Change of Guard walking tour. Here, you’ll get to learn so much about the ceremony and experience it first-hand.
4. Southbank Centre Wintertime Festival
Only a few places in London are as magical as the Southbank. Despite the cold, grey days, it looks fabulous and inviting with the beautiful Christmas decorations. The riverside bars serving warming winter drinks have a great ambiance that makes it the place to be. The live entertainment and chalets selling crafts and winter goodies will all get you wrapped up in the season’s cheer.
5. Open-Top London Bus Tour with Live Guide
During winter, all bus-tour operators offer a free day’s promotion starting from late October to late March. The exact dates vary each year. However, they offer you an opportunity to see some of London’s most iconic attractions like Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London from the bus. It’s also tie to catch up with fascinating facts and stories from your guide.
Adult tickets sell for £26.50, family tickets (two children, two adults) for £67, and child tickets for £12.
6. Beautiful View from The Shard
One of the tallest buildings in Europe is the Shard, and one of the best things to do in winter. Up from the top of the tower, you’ll get a 360-degree view of the city, up from the 72nd floor! It’s a great place to defrost and have a new perspective of the city., but be prepared to spend on the side attractions.
7. New Pop-Up Theatre, St.Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Iris Theatre is a long-running company that stages quality outdoor shows in vast grounds like the Covent Garden. Iris has risen to the occasion with outdoor theatre during winter, maintaining a lively presence with a busy programme. It comprises four Christmas-themed week-long performances from various theatre companies, with a mix of music and comedy on the edges.
Tickets go for £15 at the 70-seater theatre.
8. Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle worldwide, which has been standing for over 900 years. It’s a royal residence of The Queen, and you’ll be thrilled if you visit during the Changing the Guard ceremony. You can book your tickets in advance for:
- £23.50 adult ticket
- £21.20 concession ticket
- £60.50 family ticket (two adults and a maximum of three children)
- £13.50 child ticket.
9. KidZania London, Westfield London
If you’re looking for attractions specifically for kids, let them immerse themselves in thrilling real-life activities at the KidZania city. Here, they can explore various careers and life skills, including independence and teamwork. Once inside, they have the freedom to take up any career they want, ranging from pilots to actors and DJs. Let them discover their talents, passions, and skills, all for £24 for children between four and 14 years of age and £16 for 15 and over.
10. NYE at Brixton Academy
Your visit to London in winter won’t be complete with an experience at the Brixton Academy for New Year Eve’s celebrations. This season, the line-up is something you wouldn’t like to miss, with all sorts of house, disco, and loving.
The promoters of the event are LWE, who have a name for bringing out the big guns for production. They always make the most of the colossal art venue to keep your body moving until the wee hours of 2022. Get your tickets for £35.
Take note that the ticket prices are as at the time of writing this article and are subject to change depending on various factors. Ensure to check the relevant online resources when booking your tickets for the prevailing costs.
© 2021 Ann