48 Hours in London: The Perfect Winter Itinerary


You might think London is best-suited to the spring and summer, but London is an incredible city for a winter visit –  with plenty of attractions and activities which are best suited to the colder months of the year. From activities to seasonal events, you’ll find something to satisfy every taste.

If you’re eager to experience the UK capital but you only have a short break planned, then don’t panic! We’ve compiled this quick guide to some of our favourite places in London, so here’re some of the best additions to add to your winter itinerary…

Day One:

The first day of your trip is all about settling into the city, and taking a look around some of the best Winter attractions. You still have tomorrow to explore further, so for day one, take a look at some of our top suggestions for an action-packed 24 hours of adventure:

1. Go ice skating

It might sound cliché, but during the winter, London has some of the best ice rinks around. Ice rinks form a major part of winter life here, so we recommend finding one you like and heading here as a fun activity on day one of your visit.

While the experience of ice skating at night is great, it’s also much busier at some of London’s major ice skating hotspots. Try a trip in the morning to catch spaces such as the Natural History Museum ice rink and the ice rink at Somerset House when they’re comparatively quiet.

To help ensure you don’t miss out, be sure to book in advance of your London weekend breaks.

2. Try some retail therapy

After trying your hand at ice skating, you’ll have plenty of time to experience London’s retail scene. There’s a huge selection of incredible stores all over the city, including department stores like Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Liberty London and Selfridges.

If you prefer to stay away from huge department stores, then there are also a lot of great venues which have a more low-key approach to shopping such as the city’s many boutiques and specialist shopping districts – think in terms of Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Regent and the King’s Road.

Whether you’re looking for high street shopping, luxury stores or something in-between – all of these options are open to you during your short trip to the M by Montcalm London.

Be aware that the lead up to Christmas makes for busy shopping, and January also provides plenty of sales for you to enjoy. You could easily end your trip away with much more to pack in your suitcase than you arrived with – so spare a little room!

3. Enjoy an afternoon tea

After a morning spent ice skating and exploring the city’s shopping opportunities, its time to take a break and watch the world go by. Afternoon tea remains one of the most popular ways of taking a break, and has an added luxury edge which helps it appeal to a huge audience.

If you’re staying with us in Shoreditch Tech City, then you’ll have the opportunity to try an afternoon tea at your hotel, leaving you refreshed and ready to carry on exploring London.

4. Find a London rooftop

Joining in with the fun at a London rooftop bar might not sound like the best winter activity, but many of the city’s best actually make allowances for the colder weather – providing visitors with blankets and heaters.

You’ll still be able to benefit from the great views below, all without freezing during the coldest days. The venues which make these seasonal changes differ from year to year, but if you’re looking for a winter rooftop experience be sure to research your chosen bar or restaurant before you make the trip.

Day Two:

The second day of your visit should be all about continuing to sightsee, whilst also providing a slightly slower pace. Focus on quality not quantity as you explore, and take advantage of special offers on Shoreditch hotels by choosing accommodation which provides the perfect home from home

1. Head to Winter Wonderland

For visitors in London from November to January, a trip to Winter Wonderland is an absolute must. Here you’ll find everything from fairground attractions to great shopping opportunities, alongside festive shows and Christmas-centric activities for you to enjoy.

Be aware that it can get very busy here, so if you prefer a slower pace you might want to check out some of the city’s other Christmas markets which attract fewer visitors but still allow you to get out and about on your final afternoon in the city. London weekend breaks are much more fun when you’ve picked up a few souvenirs, and these markets are a wonderful way to do just that.

2. Find a London pub

Pub culture isn’t just for winter, but there’s something very comforting about enjoying a Sunday roast or simply a few pints on the second day of your trip. There’s an almost limitless supply of different venues to choose from, ranging from modern bar chains to historically significant pubs which have stood for centuries.

Choose one which appeals, and grab a window seat with a view of the city to relax and unwind in comfort. Pub grub is a great way to help you warm up during your visit, and will also an important part of London culture.

3. See a show in the West End

London’s West End is world famous as a hive of activity and top international talent, with shows covering just about every genre you could imagine and providing a wonderful way to experience a cultural institution.

The winter months offer a wide variety of different shows, including drama, musicals and even quite a few festive pantomimes. Whatever you choose, its a wonderful way to end your weekend away in London – and sure to provide plenty of memories long after the trip is over.