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The best things to do when it snows in London

London covered in snow? Here are eight cool ways to spend a snowy day in London

London snow
John Curnow

Ready, steady, snow! One sighting of a snowflake and the whole of London knows about it. It’s rare our city is covered in a full blanket of the white stuff, but when it does get a dusting we know how to have fun. Here are some ideal ways to spend a snow day in the city.

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The best things to do when it snows in London

Kensington Gardens in the snow

Go for a bracing winter walk

You have to be quick to plod your way through untrodden snow drifts in the middle of London. But these big green spaces are your best bet. The minute you see a snowflake, drop everything and head to one of these spots for a wintery walk.  


Keep warm by an open fire

Not a fan of the cold white stuff? Make yourself at home next to one of London’s real roaring fires. Keep those toes nice and toasty, while nursing a warming winter drink. 

Chin Chin Dessert Club hot chocolate

Sip steaming hot chocolate

Soothe frosty fingers by giving them something warm to hold. London’s best hot chocolates will make a snow day feel as good as it did when you were in single digits. Even if you do have to go into work now. 

blazing negroni, little bird gin, london's best hot cocktails
Andy Parsons

Or mugs of hot booze

Okay, forget childhood snow days. Slush and sleet are an excuse for guzzling booze if ever there was one. Try one of these ace hot cocktails to survive seriously chilly times. 

Waterlow Park in the snow

Play in the snow

For silliness, snowmen and snowball fights, sprint to your nearest big London park. And don't forget your sledge/dustbin lid for flying down white hills. 

Hot Pod Yoga
Hot Pod Yoga

Warm up at a hot fitness class

If your central heating just isn’t cutting it, try swapping your chilly flat for one of London’s hot exercise classes. With studios heated up to a tropical 37C, you’ll be sweating in no time. 

Queen of Hoxton Moroccan Medina 2017

Head to one of these cosy pop-ups

London’s cosy winter pop-ups are designed to withstand the cold, with blankets, heaters, booze and food to warm you up. And what could be lovelier than pretending to apres-ski in the actual IRL snow? 

Tate Modern’s Switch House

Thaw out in London's top museums

Get the feeling back in your toes, strutting through one of London’s best museums. Once you’ve taken in some cracking art, watch the snow fall over the London skyline from Tate Modern’s Switch House. 

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