The Ultimate Winter Guide to London

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Just because the London weather plunges as winter takes hold doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to fill your winter break with. In fact, London thrives in the festive period, with more than a few exciting activities for the holidays and plenty of cosy spots to head to when you need to warm up.

When you’re staying at one of our 4-star hotels in Kensington London, you’re in the ideal place to take advantage of all the wintery fun. You’ll be situated close to several Tube stations, allowing you to get from place to place speedily.

Experience Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Wonderland in Hyde Park

The highlight of the activities in the festive calendar is the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for tourists and locals alike. The Winter Wonderland programme promises to delight, whether you want an adrenaline rush as you try out the fairground rides or a German-style bar to grab a drink. The Winter Wonderland is a magical experience for all groups, from families with young children to couples on a romantic break.

See a pantomime in the theatres


Pantomime is a British tradition (oh no, it isn’t!) that is a festive period must. The musical comedies are designed for all ages and retell a well-known fairy tale, it’s just the authentic experience that could make your trip. As London is filled with theatres, you have plenty of pantomime options to choose from, including Dick Whittington at the London Palladium, Peter Pan at Wembley Arena, and Aladdin at Richmond Theatre.

Head to Wintertime at Southbank Centre

south bank

All year round the Southbank Centre, on the District line from your hotel in Kensington, is a hive of activity. During the winter months, Wintertime is a seasonal celebration alongside the Thames. There’s fun to be found as you walk between the traditional stalls, sample the treats, and take in wintery shows. Among this year’s highlights is the famed Slava’s Snowshow, a vintage New Year’s Eve party, and musical performances.

Strap on your skates

rinks at Somerset House

Want to get active during your winter London break? Ice skating is the perfect activity to try. Once the temperatures drop, fantastic ice rinks spring up all around the city – you might even want to try skating your way around more than one. Some of the most popular rinks this year can be found at iconic London sports like the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Hyde Park, and the Tower of London.

Find a cosy bar

Cocktail Bars London

When the weather turns chilly, finding a cosy bar is a perfect way to end a day sightseeing and exploring all that London has to offer. Of course, there’s a huge range of bars to choose from in the capital but for something an extra bit special you should head to one of the winter terraces or pop-up bars a short journey from your hotel in Kensington away.

Take in the bright lights

Put on your coat and wrap up against the cold to take in the magic of London during the winter – there are bright lights to gaze at around every corner. From small boutique stores that offer unique window decorations to the well-known spectaculars put on by the likes of Harrods, Hamleys, and Liberty of London, the streets are entertainment in their own right.