As one of the world’s busiest cities, London is used to providing plenty to see and do, no matter the weather. The fun doesn’t stop just because the weather’s turned colder. Here’s our guide to the best events and attractions sure to keep you out of the winter chill…
Explore the Royal Opera House Backstage Tour
Feel like getting a backstage peek at one of the world’s most famous theatrical venues? Then the Royal Opera House Backstage Tour is the ideal place to be. In addition to touring some of the lesser-seen great spaces which have played host to talented acts and creators over the years, the tour also includes a closer look at how some of the venue’s current productions are created. It is a vivid history lesson which helps to bring the tour to life. Each tour is unique, as the theatre is fully operational – and you’ll be safely away from the weather outside.
Have a hot drink at Choccywoccydoodah
This remarkable chocolate shop doubles as one of London’s most colourful cafes. Downstairs, the shop offers everything from beautifully designed cakes to stunningly crafted chocolate treats. Upstairs, there’s the café; serving up rich hot chocolate perfect for staving off the cold during the colder months. If you’re visiting the city in winter, this should be on your must-see list during your stay at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch.
Browse in style at Leadenhall Market
The magnificent Leadenhall Market will provide plenty of shelter for a spot of city exploring, as well as a truly unique shopping and dining experience in all weathers. First established in 1321, the market is conveniently situated in the heart of London. Once a market dedicated to meat, poultry and game, Leadenhall is now host to a wide range of restaurants, bars, cafes and the finest boutique retailers and wine bars. It is also home to the Lamb Tavern, an award-winning pub great for enjoying some fine refreshments along the way. It’s incredibly popular with both locals and visitors to London alike, known for the high vaulted ceiling which helps keep guests out of the rain and cold. Definitely one to add to your ‘rainy day itinerary’ while staying at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch.
Have a meal at Fifteen
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen provides a real treat for anyone seeking great restaurants in Shoreditch. With branches everywhere from Cornwall to Amsterdam, Shoreditch’s is the flagship, and has risen to fame due to Oliver’s commitment not only to fine dining but to supporting charity through all profits of the restaurant. A great meal and a great cause make this a dining experience not to be missed this winter.
Stroll the Barbican Conservatory
The second-largest conservatory in London provides a retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle, as well as thousands of species of tropical plants, trees and exotic fish. Whether you’re simply seeking to escape the weather or want to find a relaxed space for exploration, this provides plenty to keep you entertained – and you could even treat yourself to a Conservatory Afternoon Tea at the same time!