Your Guide to a London Winter Getaway in January

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Winter is a beautiful time to visit London. The month of January is the best and the most peaceful time of the year to travel to London. So, explore at your own pace to soak in the rich history and culture of the city as the festive crowds take a backseat! Here’s our guide to help you plan your adventures in the capital city in the winter months.

The Weather

While the days can be cold and rainy in London in January, there’s a plethora of great experiences you can indulge in, be it exciting indoor adventures at iconic museums or shopping! Just remember to dress up in your warm attire and layering is key so you can always adjust depending on the temperature conditions. Reserve a luxurious, comfort-filled stay at one of the 5-star hotels in London and make the most of your ideal base in the city. Also, always remember to allow enough time during daylight to explore the city!

Here are some clothing options that you can consider:

  • A water-resistant, warm coat to protect you from the cold weather.
  • A scarf, hat and gloves are essential to keep you warm and beat the chilly air.
  • A pair of comfortable waterproof boots or shoes is important to keep your feet dry, and warm and maintain a good grip as the pavements are slippery and icy in January.

Best Experiences to Look Out For

New Year’s Day Parade

On 1st January, celebrate the world-renowned London New Year’s Day Parade and see the streets of London transformed with millions of onlookers, 10,000 entertainers, dancers, acrobats, musicians, and marching bands. It’s an unmissable opportunity to acquaint yourself with the city’s diverse and vibrant culture as you book grandstand tickets or follow the cheerful parade route for a great view!

Visit London’s Famous Museums and Galleries

With so many fabulous and free-to-enter museums in London, there’s nothing better than the experience of heading to one or more on a cold or rainy day!

British Museum

Venture on an experience of a lifetime as you discover millions of years of human history and culture at the British Museum. It is one of the best museums to visit in London if you have several hours to spare or you are simply looking to escape the cold and damp weather. Enjoy a classic British dining experience at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms and attend some of the museum’s upcoming special exhibitions including Life in the Roman Army, Silk Roads, and Michelangelo’s last decades.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Make sure to include this globally renowned destination for performance, art, and design to enter a world of creativity in the heart of London. From extraordinary exhibitions to out-of-the-ordinary collections, the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington is another must-visit.

Take a Hop-on-Hop-off London Bus Tour

Take the iconic hop-on-hop-off bus tour for the most memorable experience of seeing the city from a new perspective! Stop for a delicious meal at The Crescent Restaurant & Lounge as you see some of London’s most iconic attractions and landmarks and get oriented with the city’s vibe without being too tired on this tour.

Indulge in a Broadway Experience

Make your holiday exciting with the most innovative theatrical works, toe-tapping musicals, and inspiring plays in the West End. The perfect way to spend a wintery day, don’t miss watching Shen Yun playing at the Eventim Apollo, The Hills of California at Harold Printer Theatre and Bronco Billy playing at the Charing Cross Theatre, all opening in January 2024.

Some of London’s best experiences await you in January with the popular winter sales at peak and lesser waiting time at popular attractions. You’re sure to have a memorable experience, be it budget-friendly retail therapy or exploring historical landmarks on your bucket list. Pack right, plan your journey and make sure to relax and rejuvenate with a spa at Montcalm for a wholesome experience.