There are plenty of individuals who enjoy sitting at home during these cold months. However, if you’re more of the adventurous type you’ll probably want to be out and enjoying yourself. Especially if you’re in London this winter. Let winter and Christmas be of excitement, and plenty of mulled wine.
If drinking was a sport, Brits would probably hold the world title. Drinking has woven its way into society, and become part of our culture. As of today there are over 5.6 million hashtags of ‘alcohol’ on Instagram. A global phenomenon of booze related pictures dominate Instagram, whether its pictures of booze accompanying food or a bunch of lads getting pissed. Needless to say we all love a drink, or two.
Having lived in London for over 18 years I’ve never struggled to find things do in Winter. If you’re bored and need to rendezvous somewhere, usually a pub or trendy bar is the best option. But, what of the casual tourist? Surely they can turn to Google, but even so a simple search yields over 68 million results for ‘pubs and bars’. As such hopefully this article, can be of use and a guide to our fellow drinkers.
A Few Things to do in Winter in London
My girlfriend and I decided to spend one Thursday doing the less so obvious touristy things. Basing this article on the demographics of my blog – 82% of all readers are 34 or below, with roughly 49% between the ages of 18 – 24. Here are a few suggestions of things to do in London in Winter:
Visit the Ice Bar
The majority of people visit this place at least once, essentially you’re paying £15pp to take a decent selfie, and spend 45 minutes in a walk-in fridge. But hey; as long as the pic gets a few likes then you’re set. I wouldn’t visit the ice bar again, but as a first time experience its alright. The entry price includes a 100ml cocktail of your choice which is served in a glass made of ice. Pretty cool, but all refills will set you back £6.
After having spent 30 minutes inside the walk-in fridge freezer we decided to sit outside and enjoy a few beverages. Its worth £15, but I wouldn’t go there again especially considering the shot sized glasses.
Visit a cool and quirky bar
There are plenty of bars in London, however some are yet to be discovered (unlike the ice bar). A trip to central London will reveal loads of cool undiscovered bars. Otherwise there are tons of online guides detailing the locations of weird, and wonderful bars you’ve probably never heard about. Pro-tip: If you’re around Shoreditch make sure you visit the Magic Roundabout.
We ended up visiting a few bars around Leicester square, however a trip down a few side streets revealed a few awesome boozers. One of these was a retro looking pub where the bar staff were dressed like barbers, and beer was served from steel tankards.
Find an eccentric and exclusive restaurant
Like drinking, if you’re visiting London or live there and you’re looking to eat out you’re spoiled for choice. However, if you’re in London during winter you’ll probably want to have plans instead of prowling the streets looking for a fine dinner. During our day out drinking in London we decided to stop off to and visit Vapiano – a laid back and super cheap Italian restaurant. One hundred percent worth visiting if you’re in central London.
Visit a Christmas Fair
There are many Christmas fairs in London. Recently Yelp hosted one in Convent Gardens, where a number of independent mulled wine specialists (if thats a thing) graced the fair with their presence. One notably brand which stood out was LIC. Unlike the other vendors they made a statement with their frozen mulled wine cocktails. As well as having a pretty awesome mulled wine cocktail they provide a number of flavours such as mojito and pina colada.
Like all Christmas fairs expect to experience live music, après DJs and a whole load of mulled wine. The Yelp Christmas fair was our last stop before calling it a night.
Thanks for reading!