Read what Sandip has to say about experiencing London in the winter months.
It’s not long now until the clocks go forward, and the warm autumn breeze is replaced by dark and chilly winter nights. But have no fear, for there’s no better place in England than London to spend your winter evenings. It might be warmer and cosier indoors, but trust me there’s plenty going on in the capital to keep you entertained. You could indulge yourself at the theatre, step aboard the Alternative London Tour, or be dazzled by the Lord Mayor’s fireworks display. Here’s my list of the best things to do this winter in London.
Popular theatre shows
You’ve not experienced London until you’ve been to the theatre, and this winter there are some jaw-dropping shows that will keep you thoroughly entertained. Firstly, Beverly Knight returns to the West End in new hit musical Memphis; whilst Cats returns at the London Palladium for a twelve week residency starring music superstar Nicole Scherzinger. Off-West End there’s the fierce and disturbing World War Two epic The Curring Room, and The Way Back Home at the Southbank Centre. You can find London’s theatre programme here.
Alternative London Tour
Scape East students, you’ve been living in East London for a while now, maybe you’ve already experienced some of the events I shortlisted for Scape. If not, this leftfield tour is a must, see your local area as you’ve never experienced it before. An original tour taking you on a non-stop journey into the heart of London’s vibrant and diverse East End.
Experience terror at the British library
Britain’s most comprehensive display of Gothic literature and artefacts goes on display at the British Library in their new exhibition, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. This is a more intellectual and informative day out, and ties in nicely with upcoming Halloween! If you want to explore the dark-side of British literature, delve into vampire slaying-kits, or even experience how gothic heritage has infused our daily lives, then you and this exhibition are an ideal fit.
The Lord Mayor’s firework display
This year on Saturday November 8th, London celebrates the new Lord Mayor. For over 799 years the new Lord Mayor (not Boris Johnson, but the newly elected Ambassador of the City of London) has walked, trotted and even fought his way through the congregated crowds to swear an oath of loyalty. This year the celebrations begin with a morning river pageant, followed by an afternoon procession through the centre of London, and finishing in the evening with an impressive fireworks display.
Halloween events in London
It’s almost that time of year again, when London is gripped by ghost stories, and spooky goings-on. There are plenty of events to keep you entertained for this year’s celebrations. There are plenty of parties taking place across the capital, all you need to do is get down to your local costume shop and pick out something that will scare. There are also a number of Halloween themed events across London ready to give you the scare of your life.
This was by no means an exhaustive list of things to do this winter in London, but it’s a good starting point. Remember to stay safe, and more importantly have fun.