Winter is upon us. As it gets colder we tend to find ourselves hibernating; the great outdoors may be too much to handle in these harsh temperatures. Having to dig out our winter jackets and layer endlessly in an effort to keep out the cold, is it really worth leaving the warmth of the indoors? If you’re brave enough here are some great things to do in the not–so–warm winter months:
Visit the Southbank Centre Book Market. You’ll find it neatly tucked under Waterloo Bridge, running everyday until 7pm. Displaying hundreds of second hand books covering all types of genres from contemporary to classic, comics and even maps there’s a little of something for everyone. It’s a must for finding good reading material you’ll spend nights tucked away with. It’s the perfect go-to source for all the great reading material you’ll need to last this winter season.
Why not stop by Chin Chin? With branches in Camden, Soho and Shoreditch it’s a definite must. You may be wondering why I’d suggest a trip to an ice cream parlour as we transition into winter. First of all, there’s never a wrong time for ice-cream. Secondly, during the cold season they serve a wonderful hot chocolate that’s warm and sprinkled with gooey marshmallows. To top it all off, most of what’s made in their Soho kitchen uses organic ingredients made in small batches just for you.
Christmas at Kew Gardens. Open from 22nd November 2018 to 5th January 2019, it’s a beautiful display of the lit-up gardens. This after dark festival includes walks along trails twinkling with colourful lights. New additions this year include the moonlit woods and Laser Garden with lights that skip and play across trees and branches. I can’t think of anything more serene than a lighted walk through nature itself. Tickets are £16.50 for adults and £10 for kids; if this is within your budget it’s something you definitely shouldn’t miss.
The Natural History Museum Ice Rink. This is a great way to spend time with friends and family. With adult tickets from only £12.65 and children £8.80, it’s a pretty affordable way to have a good time this winter. So much fun is to be had from skating around with the ones you hold dearest, capturing cute and awkward moments of falls that’ll most likely end up on social media. This is the type of place that memories are made – so wrap up and get your skates on!
And lastly, somewhere dear to all of us, The Pizza Room. A convenient 5 minutes from Queen Mary University, there’s no reason not to visit this dainty pizza restaurant if you haven’t already been. With a great atmosphere and delicious, authentic Italian fire-baked pizza, there’s no better way to fill your stomach. Starting at £7.50, this local joint serves good food that doesn’t cause much of a dent in your pocket and it only gets better. On the menu is an array of desserts, salads and beverages, including vegetarian options, that cater to everyone’s needs. There’s nothing left to do but stuff your face at this cozy restaurant.
That’s it, my little list of cozy things to do this winter. There’s something for everyone– so if you find yourself twiddling your thumbs this season with nothing to do, you know where to go. I hope you have a wonderful time and make memories this winter.