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Winter Holiday in London – How to Survive the Cold

Winter in London can get really dreary. The combination of dark, cold and wet can easily destroy an enthusiastic spirit. Roads, trees, buildings and houses are covered in ice, people on the streets are few, clouds are cast in grey and the air you breathe is chilly. But hey! Not all days are that bad.

London’s winter offers a feast of cultural activities. Shops are on sale too. Shoppers actually pour in from across the world, not minding the chilly weather. So, if you want to survive London’s winter, get out of your hotel room and find fun in these places.

Local Pubs

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Local drinking holes are perfect places to get warm by the open fireplace, gulp down ale, meet the locals, and swap some stories. The Dove, The Leather Bottle, Davy’s Wine Vaults, and The Plough, and The Gun are just some of the best places to while away the chilly afternoon. The crackling of fires and the comfy seats will surely induce you into the best kind of drowsiness.

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Christmas Markets

London turns into a shoppers’ mecca every winter season. Shops and boutiques are offering everything at a discounted price. For high-end clothes and jewelry, stroll through the posh Mayfair. For wide selection of beautiful Christmas decor, take the Tube to Harrods. For a wonderful shopping walk, stroll through Oxford Street at sundown and enjoy the wonderful Christmas lights decorating the department stores and boutiques. And for some last -minute shopping, rush to Westfield. The place is open until 10 pm from Monday to Saturday, and 9 pm in Sundays. It is the go-to place for some late-night scrambling for forgotten gifts and souvenirs.

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Art Museums and Galleries

Some of the best art exhibits in London are showcased in winter. So, make sure to drop by the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the National Gallery, the British Museum, Science Museum, and/or Natural History Museum.

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Photos by: Jon CurnowFranklin HeijnenOlivier BruchezBenoit Dupont

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