February might have already brought you to the edge of winter, a little bit over the season already and in desperate need of some fun. Not to worry. London is a city with so much going on, the weather doesn’t even matter. As it’s the low season for travel, there are plenty of travel companies promoting cheap flights to London. Here are eight perfect places to visit to warm your cockles in the big smoke this February, because winters are spent best in London.
The Best Things to Do in London When It’s Cold
1. Tate Lates
Tate Modern Bankside
The last Friday of every month sees the Tate host an after-hours mix of art, music, film and workshops as part of its Tate Lates series. Discover pop-up talks, world-class exhibitions, music, food, and drink while soaking in unbeatable views of the city.
18.00 – 22:00
2. The Design Museum
224 – 238 Kensington High Street London
Visit the world’s leading contemporary design museum in almost every form, including architecture, graphics, digital, product and fashion. The museum recently relocated to a new location on High Street Kensington just before the New Year. The striking new venue is well worth the visit; set in the restored shell of a 1960s Grade II listed building in west London.
10:00 – 18:00 daily
3. The Aqua Shard
The Shard, 31 St Thomas St
Although The Shard might seem like the obvious tourist destination, The Aqua Shard is actually somewhat of a hidden gem, perched at the top of the shard the bar is free to get in and open late on Fridays and Saturdays. Cocktails are surprisingly cheap; you can pick yourself up a whisky on the rocks for just five pounds and schmooze around the stunning bar with panoramic views of the city, feeling like an absolute king pin. If you’re feeling lavish you can book yourself a meal in its restaurant on the 31st floor of The Shard.
07:00 – 01:00 daily (02:00 closing Friday/Saturday)
4. Barbican Conservatory
Whisk yourself away to a hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the city. The second biggest conservatory in London is home to over 2000 species of tropical plants and trees, and exotic fish. The greenhouse is open Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only, from 12 noon-5pm. You can even book an afternoon tea.
5. Somerset House
Just across Waterloo Bridge, overlooking the Thames, and under a Waterloo sunset is London’s 18th century, neoclassical arts centre. Its magnificent piazza has seen ice rinks, open air cinema screenings and festivals. Stunning year round, the venue hosts art galleries and exhibitions in its decadent rooms.
6. Borough Market
8 Southwark St
One of the largest and oldest food markets in London, find figs, cheese and wine and other fresh produce in this history-soaked market with a warren of passageways, keeping it cosy. Serving the people of Southwark for 1,000 years, this is the place to bring a foodie, where many of the market stallholders’ themselves are producers, farmers, fishermen, and bakers just as passionate about good food as you are.
7. Peter Harrison Planetarium
Royal Observatory, Blackheath Ave
This is one of the top things to do in London when it’s cold, where you can lie back and experience the wonders of the universe! Recline your chair in a dome planetarium while you’re transported to a distant galaxy with expert commentary from real astronomers.
8. The Southampton Arms
139 Highgate Rd
This pub, based in Gospel Oak, North London, promises ale, cider and meat. The interior will take you back to 1936 along with its cash-only policy. Why not pop in and pick up a hearty roast on a wet Sunday? There’s even a friendly pub dog and… a rescue three-legged cat!
London is one of the best cities to spend your winter in, travel in style with what might be the cosiest underground in Europe, while avoiding peak tourist travel and embracing all the fabulous indoor activity, snug pubs and warming tea that London has to offer. With so much to choose from, London is beckoning your visit.