London's been pretty chilly this week thanks to a blast of Siberian air that's been dubbed the 'beast from the east'. The icy conditions mean it's slightly treacherous making your way around the city at the moment, so sack off all your other plans and go sledging instead. Here are London's most sledgendary spots. Weeeeeee!
Great views, steep inclines and you can warm up afterwards at two excellent pubs nearby – The Bull & Last and Southampton Arms.
Once you're done with Parliament Hill, head to the far corner of Hampstead Heath. On one side you've got Kenwood House, on the other you've got Highgate Village. It's basically the north London Cresta Run.
Not for the faint-hearted – this north London spot is pretty steep. As it's not too far out, you can basically hike up there on your lunch break and then sledge directly back into your office. Your boss will never know.
It's got a great view over the top of the Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark. Plus there's enough length at the bottom of the hill so you won't smash into a dog walker on your descent.
It's basically one big hill – go to the middle of it, point your sledge in pretty much any direction and you'll have a perfect run.
Crystal Palace Park
It has some formidably steep slopes at the top, and it's pretty, with crumbling stone statues and great views over London for good measure.
Blythe Hill Fields
One for the low-key sledgers – not too steep and not too busy.
Start from underneath King Henry's Mound and slide on down to the Petersham Gate area. It's steep enough to get a good speed but slows down at the end so there's no chance of you colliding with a tree.
Whizz down the slopes at Ally Pally and soak up ace panoramic views of the city as you go.
Prefer to stay on your feet? Check out London's best winter walks.