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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

By Ellie Walker-Arnott

It’s not often that we get a snow day in London, so when snowflakes do start to fall Londoners really make the most of it. But what’s the best way to spend a frosty day in the capital? Whether you’re rejoicing with a toboggan looking for the nearest park, or you’re cursing the cold snap and need somewhere to thaw out, don’t flake out - take a look over our list of the best things you can do during the snow in London.

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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. 

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Photograph: Andy Parsons

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. 

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. 

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Photograph: Savage Schloss

Glide down to a ski lodge bar

Bars and pubs

Make-believe you're fresh off the pistes in one of London's chalet-style bars and enjoy a bit of après ski. Luckily, you won't need to wrestle with any chair lifts to get fondue at one of these joints. 

Electric Cinema Notting Hill (Wide crop)

Snuggle up in a cosy cinema


After a day playing in the snow (or slush), watch a film in one of London's cosiest cinemas. This bunch might not have the loudest speakers or biggest screens, but they have got interiors so pretty you might forget the blizzards raging outside.

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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. 

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Photograph: Coppa Club

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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