5 Reasons why you should visit London during winter

  1. London is a metropolis that receives about 40 million visitors from all over the world yearly. The number of tourists usually peaks during summer and dwindles during winter. So why should you be different from the majority and visit London during winter?

Travel HANter

25 Nov 17

1. Less crowded in London during winter

London has a population of about 8.8 million and imagine the number of people in the 1572 km² city after factoring in the tourists during the peak season. Visiting London during winter would mean that there are lesser people in tourist attractions like the museums, Stonehenge and even the shopping malls. We visited the Stonehenge and took a day trip to Bath and there were only a comfortable number of other tourists at the attractions, allowing us to take photos without a crazy crowd behind us.

London during winter
stone henge

2. Accommodations become cheaper

Since there are lesser tourists visiting during winter, the lower demand would drive the prices of accommodations down, saving you money for your shopping spree! More options would be available for you to choose the best location to explore London. We stayed in an Airbnb apartment which was as luxurious as a hotel.

London during winter
our Airbnb apartment

3. Sales

When we visited London in January earlier this year, there were massive post new year sales everywhere. Things were heavily discounted as shops wanted to clear the older stocks to make way for the new stocks. We managed to get our Nespresso machine at a half the price of those sold in Singapore. YAYS! We also stocked up our winter wear at Primark to prepare for our next winter adventure.

London during winter
image via thedailymash.co.uk

4. Weather

Coming from Singapore, a summer-all-year-round country, the chilly weather is something we really enjoy. Besides, we get to dress up in coats and boots, a change from our usual T-shirt and flip-flop attire. The winter in London also doesn’t get unbearably cold since it rarely snows. When it does snow, it covers London in a blanket of white, a captivating sight to behold.

London during winter
image via visitlondon.com

5. Festive Season

Early November each year, the Christmas lights are switched on and they look incredibly pretty. Watch iconic London landmarks light up in the festive season.

London during winter
image via sarova-rembrandthotel.com
London during winter
Christmas lighting in Leicester Square

Immerse in the festive mood by visiting the Christmas markets all over London. They sell festive food, drinks and handmade gifts. There are also Christmas shows, music and events in some of the markets. After all, it’s the season to be jolly.

Start planning your winter getaway to London!

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18 Replies to “5 Reasons why you should visit London during winter”

  1. So much yes! London is my dream destination. I’ve been in the airport- that’s it haha! It looks like it’s beautiful in winter.

    1. The airport has a lot going on too! Find a chance to explore it! London has so much to offer even in winter! The people are really nice and friendly too!

  2. Brr! London sounds like fun but I do not think I have the courage to go there in Winter. Too cold for me! But, excellent points!

    1. Hmm. Winter in London is usually quite bearable (if you don’t get caught up in the snow storm like this year). When we were there this year, the rain was more of a hassle than the cold. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to visit in winter!

  3. I also love destinations during the “off season!” I imagine London is beautiful when decorated with lights, too!

    1. Me too! There are just too many tourists during peak season! London is beautiful! Very festive ^^

  4. Neil Alvin Nicerio says: Reply

    Great. I will add this to my bucketlist.
    I would love to see London in a different perspective.

    More power to your blog.

    1. Thank you! Hope you get to visit London soon! ^^

  5. I love the recommendations on this post. Especially the mention of christmas markets! The architecture alone screams holidays in my opinion. Excellent post.

    1. Thank you! The architecture is really a well balanced of modernized buildings and buildings with lots of heritage!

  6. This is such a helpful article, now I know when to visit London! From sales to weather and festivals wow everything seems to be in favour😊

    1. Yup! Low season = cheaper prices = more savings! ^^

  7. I was there this month skating and fell on my behind quite a few times. I am just heeling from a sore behind hahaha. London is beautiful during the Christmas season, so much to do so little hours in a day…. totally agree….

    1. Oh no! I hope you are okay. Skating is so much fun (minus the falls). Agree with the short daylight but thankfully their shops open slightly later than places like Norway. Was there previously and their Christmas market closed at 8:15 pm!

  8. London looks so beautiful in the winter! Does March count for winter time in London? Or do things usually pick up then? I really would love to go to London when it is not crowded! This is an amazing post, thank you for sharing.

    1. Yes, it does! March is considered early spring in London and is probably not as crowded as compared to late spring and summer. Sounds like a good month to visit London too! Thank you for reading!

  9. What a great place to visit. I would love to go to London one day. Glad to know that the best time to travel would be the winter. I would love to go one winter and take it all in.

    1. Winter is really a good time to visit London. I would love to go back one of these days too.

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