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How to make the most of London this autumn/winter.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

With the winter on its way, the chances are that you’re spending your evenings snuggled on the sofa with a hot cocoa and a blanket - but there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. 

One of the very best cities to check out during the Christmas season is London – so below, we’ve rounded up ways to make the most out of a trip to our capital city.

Book accommodation in advance

There’s no denying that accommodation in London can be expensive – if you want to stay in The Lanesborough’s luxurious suite, for example, you’ll need to cough up £26,000 a nightTo get the best deal on your visit, you should make sure you book your hotel in advance. 

You can do so by checking out the bed and breakfast London section of the Toprooms website. There, you’ll find quality bed and breakfast rooms that don’t cost the earth and allow you to explore the sights and sounds of London on a budget.

Explore the Christmas markets

If you want to get into the festive spirit, then consider the Winter Wonderland, which is one of London’s biggest Christmas markets. With an open-air ice rink, more than 200 wooden cabins offering gifts and food and the Giant Observation Wheel, which rivals the London Eye, there's something for the whole family to do. 

Taking place throughout November and December, this free-entry market is a must-do on your next visit to the capital. Elsewhere in London, you'll find markets in Leicester Square, Southbank Centre and Clapham Common.

Take in a musical

It doesn’t make sense to visit London without taking in a musical, and with November and December being particularly busy times of the year for the West End, you should consider buying your theatre tickets now to avoid disappointment. 

The good news is that there is a whole host of musicals to consider, whether it's The Lion King, Aladdin, Les Misérables, Thriller or Matilda. Musicals are fun for the whole family and can be a great afternoon out.

Go shopping

Markets are great for finding trinkets and gifts for friends and family, but if you want to get prepared for Christmas, then London is the place to be. Not only can you find a whole host of stores on the capital's famous Oxford Street, but you'll find unique shops, such as Alice Through the Looking Glass at Charing Cross station, which offers Alice in Wonderland-inspired items. 

On Baker Street, you’ll find The Beatles Store which, you guessed it, stocks t-shirts and 1960s memorabilia, while Cyberdog on Camden’s Stables Market stocks fluorescent and futuristic clothes and accessories to get you ready for a night of raving.

There you have it – some of the best ways to make the most out of your next visit to London. 

There’s so much we didn’t mention, like creating a map of your activities and booking bus and tube fares in advance, so the best thing to do is explore the city on your own terms. 

Whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran, have fun!