My son moved from Toronto to London recently. We decided on a family Christmas in London. He asked his London work colleagues for personal recommendations of the best places to take his mother and brother. The thorough suggestions were pages long. We were grateful. This blog post shows some of what these London insiders say are the best ways to enjoy London in winter time. Pictured below is my son in Convent Garden Market.
First we strolled through London’s Royal Parks to get the amazing health benefits of the trees. Below brothers walk and talk in St James Royal Park.
One Royal Park, Hyde Park, (South Kensington tube stop) has an outdoor WinterWonderland. Here we are toasting the Royal Parks of London with warm spiced mulled wine. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is open from November to January every year. Attractions include: the UK’s largest outdoor skating rink which circles Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand.
In Royal Albert Hall, Carols by Candlelight, we were part of a sold out crowd of 5000 Londoners. Together with this 5000 strong crowd, we joined in an uplifting Singalong with the Mozart Festival Chorus and Orchestra by candlelight in full 18th century costume.
Next, we “must have a Brunch reservation at the Balthazar“ in Covent Garden. We had a wonderful dining experience here. Covent Garden Tube stop is close to Trafalgar Square.
We were glad we followed the recommendation to take the boat cruise on The Thames.
We visited my son’s office in Mayfair area (Oxford Circus tube stop).
On to the Oxford Circus tube stop and Soho in the evening on our way to the recommended restaurant Dishoom.
St Paul’s Cathedral (St Paul tube stop) is an elegant London landmark. Here we are noticing and appreciating Londoners ability to enjoy queuing for Christmas Carol Service.
West London’s Piccadilly Theatre ( Piccadilly Circus Tube Stop) has a low key exterior. The interior is posh Art Deco. We were in the “stalls” (main floor).
Once Annie started, we could not look away. The huge cast were perfect professionals in acting, dance, and song. We were spellbound.
Our final day, we followed the recommendation to go to fish! in the Borough market.(Borough tube stop). This restaurant has been thriving since 1999. Fresh fish is delivered daily by the same fish monger. The fish melted in our mouths. The taste exceptional.
We loved London in the winter. The list of wonderful things to do is pages long. We can’t wait to work through the list on another vacation to London.