Last year we just shivered through the coldest March in more than 50 years and this year, after a relatively mild December, it looks like January might be a littler chillier. So whether you have just arrived in the cold capital for a last minute London break or planning a trip in the next few months; here are five ways of keeping warm while the mercury drops:
A real sweet treat
When it comes to the ultimate winter warmer, nothing envelopes you like a virtual hug from a hot chocolate. While ice-cream vendors must be cursing the cold, the purveyors of the finest chocolately capital treats must be rubbing their hands together in glee as the thermometer falls. Carnaby Street’s Choccywoccydoodah is a great place to visit and indulge in some marshmallow-topped therapy in their gothic café. Chocolate chain, Konditor & Cook, also do a mean hot-chocolate, which might just make you feel guilt-free and glad the weather has taken a turn for the worse.
Magic away the afternoon in a matinee
With the cold snap keeping London in its vice-like grip, escaping to the theatre for the afternoon might just be the ticket. You could keep the sweet-theme going with a trip to see the incredible world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And what about A Chorus Line? You can always expect a warm welcome at one of the best-shows in town. With their high-energy performances and dancing, a musical trip is sure to take your mind off any snow gently falling outside the stage door.
Send a real shiver down your spine
If you are feeling chilled to the bone anyway, stop torturing yourself outdoors and head inside to London’s latest revamped attraction, the London Dungeon. Meander through London’s murky past at this must-see attraction, now transported to its new location alongside the London Eye. The adrenaline pumping through your system as you try out the new ride, Extremis is bound to warm up the coldest of cockles on a day out. But beware; if you feel a cold draught behind you, it might not just be the winter-like weather to blame…
Get out of “hail” – with the Monopoly pub crawl
Please pardon the above pun, but there is nothing like a spot of bad weather for finding an excuse to go to the pub. And while it is nice to settle yourself into one boozer for the duration, you are here to see a little of London too. So for a bit of sight-seeing, through the benefit of beer goggles, why not check out the 26 suggested pubs on the monopoly route, or for the more discerning drinker, one of the many authentic ale crawls offered by The London Pub Crawl Company. If you are feeling a little more energetic, then you can always work up a sweat on one of the London Beer Bike pub crawls.
Stop shivering and start shopping
Fashionista’s shouldn’t fear! If you find yourself having arrived on your city break wearing the latest spring fashion, which sadly doesn’t quite cut the mustard in these arctic temperatures; no need to panic. London has some of the best shopping around – and you needn’t even traipse around in the cold to do it. Visit the indoor delights of Westfield if you need to stock up on scarves, gloves and hats – all you need to do is jump on the tube.