It’s official! Summer’s over, we’re speeding through autumn and, pretty soon, winter will be upon us once again. But don’t despair! You don’t have to kiss goodbye to your social life just yet as here in the capital there’s a wealth of exciting and entertaining things to do.
Whether your thing is trying out the latest and weirdest dining experience, having a browse in one of London’s many winter markets, or taking in an award-winning show on the West End, here’s our rundown of the very best things to do in London this winter.
The Best Dining Experiences
Let’s face it, there’s not exactly a shortage of unique dining experiences here in the Big Smoke, but London’s finest have really pushed the boat out for winter 2021. Say goodbye to your average Michelin-starred restaurant and chow down in any of the following instead.
The Candlelight Club is back and better than ever. Transporting you back in time to the roaring twenties, this central London event combines delicious dining with live jazz, all set in the most glamourous speakeasy setting – www.thecandlelightclub.com
If you’d rather combine entertainment with a proper sit-down meal, Secret London’s West End Musical Brunch will be right up your street. Not only will you be presented with a two-course meal, but you’ll also be treated to an exclusive performance by some of the leading musical performers in the country. Oh, and did we mention that bottomless bubbles are on offer too? – www.westendmusicalbrunch.co.uk
If you’re tired of everything going smoothly when you visit a restaurant, we’ve got the perfect dining experience for you. Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience is in residence at Bloomsbury’s Radisson Blu from October and it promises to be just as chaotic and hilarious as you can imagine.
The Best Winter Markets
Whether it’s on a lowkey weeknight or a chilled weekend afternoon, sometimes there’s nothing better than visiting a winter market. With their colourful lights, glittering decorations and, of course, all those tempting stalls and food shacks, nothing gets you in the festive spirit more quickly.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland never disappoints and it’s probably the most iconic market in the city. Alongside the classic ice skating rink, theme park rides like the Munich Looping and plenty of market stalls and shops, 2021 sees the return of the Bavarian Village, complete with bratwurst and steins! – hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
On the other side of the River Thames, you can discover the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market. A top winter haunt with the hip crowd, this market is comprised of chic wooden chalets offering up plenty of artisan delights.
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense winter market, head to Greenwich Market. This notable market hall will be transformed into a traditional Christmas grotto, complete with festive lights – www.greenwichmarket.london
The Best Theater and Dance
London’s West End is the home of top-notch theatre and dance and 2021 is no exception. As well as the return of old favourites like The Phantom of The Opera, The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker and Les Mis, there are some exciting new productions in town this winter.
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story has its world premiere at the Lyric Theatre this winter. Based on the legendary musician’s life story and featuring all his most memorable songs, it’s bound to be a sell-out so book your tickets now! – www. getupstandupthemusical.com
From the magical mind of Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane finally transfers to the West End in October. This hauntingly beautiful story has kept readers mesmerised since 2013, so we have high hopes for the stage production!
Everyone’s favourite fairy tale, The Little Prince, will be brought to life this autumn by Luca Silvestrini’s contemporary dance company, Protein. A captivating tale for young and old alike, this is one to warm your heart on an icy day – www.proteindance.co.uk/production/the-little-prince/
The Best Winter Nights In
There are times when, no matter what’s on outside, it’s just too cold and rainy to head out into the gloom. Not to worry, there are still all sorts of ways to have an unforgettable night at home.
You don’t need to brave the wet weather to experience the thrill of a night at the casino, for example. The wonders of modern technology mean you can access a wide variety of exciting variants like online slots and live roulette right from the comfort of your living room. Throw in your best friends, some tasty snacks and beverages, and your best James Bond and Ginger McKenna outfits and you’ll have a night to remember!
If you prefer your entertainment a little less participatory, how about a movie night? Thanks to innovations like Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max, you don’t need to leave the house to watch the latest blockbusters. You could even make your movie night in a triple-feature, just make sure you stock up on plenty of popcorn in advance!