There’s something about visiting northern European cities in wintertime that is always slightly magical. The fact that it gets dark really early means that the nights are full of wonder and romance, and the there’s always so much to see and do whether you’re into sports or more cultural affairs.
London is one of the most visited cities in the world for good reason as it’s the home of many iconic museums and theatres, as well as some of the world’s best-loved sporting institutions. So if you’re looking to head to London this winter, here are some attractions that you shouldn’t miss out on.
London really knows how to do Christmas, and although the Christmas lights on Oxford Street have already been turned on, there are many other attractions to look forward to.
Those with kids should definitely take a trip to the iconic toy shop Hamleys to meet Santa Claus, whereas anyone can enjoy the pleasures of the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland that features an ice kingdom, a Christmas circus and a giant wheel.
And if you’re looking to enter 2016 with a bang, then a visit to the River Thames to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks display is truly a one-in-a-lifetime event. But for those seeking to stay warm whilst embracing the New Year, then most traditional London pubs will be staying open late with plenty of cheer.
London is the home of many iconic sporting events such as Wimbledon and test cricket at Lords, but in winter the nation’s attention invariably shifts towards other sports. Key amongst these is football, with the matches held on Boxing Day holding special significance for this year’s home sides of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
Those who’ve enjoyed the traditional delights of the London pub will probably be acquainted with the popular pub game of darts. But if you’re looking to see the best of darts, then consider a trip to the iconic Alexandra Palace that’s hosting the Professional Darts Championship in December, and Betway’s site will feature the latest PDC world championship betting and news from this highly-anticipated event.
History and culture
London is famous for being the home of Ebenezer Scrooge, and those wishing to familiarise themselves with a Victorian Christmas should definitely visit the Geffreye Museum of the Home that exhibits over 400 years of festive traditions in London.
And for other ideas, then be sure to be near a television on Christmas Day afternoon to see the Queen’s Christmas speech, have a bet on the horses on one of the popular Boxing Day races, and be sure to talk a romantic walk down the beautiful River Thames.