Contradictory to what I had heard, winter in UK turned out to be quite enjoyable for me. As a first timer in UK and a snowfall virgin, you can imagine I have only good things to say.
Why you should travel to UK in Winters
Winters are not everyone’s cup of tea and people usually avoid traveling “to” a place for snow. I mean, those are the days you want to snuggle up in a blanket next to a fireplace with a warm cup of coffee, in your house. Not exactly the perfect time to go out, explore, sight-see or take pictures!
Having said that, for me, it was a totally different experience as usually, you will find me chilling on a beach with a bottle of beer, instead of shivering on the streets of London holding on to my Honey Bee brandy and taking small gulps to stay warm.
To Enjoy Snowfall
Undoubtedly it was bloody cold and windy throughout my 40 days stay, but coming from a city which sees no snow, I was awe-struck when I felt snow for the first time. That soft marshmallowy fluff..so light, soft and gentle.. ah I still remember that feeling of snow touching my skin for the first time. It was quite amazing.
Coffee coffee coffee.. and cafes
It was all about drinking coffee in different cafes. From Costa to Starbucks and yes even that local cafe round the corner, I had my patent mocha coffee everyday at a new place. Which means I probably checked out 40 different cafes around UK – Not bad at all.
Just entering a coffee shop would make me feel so warm, cozy and comfortable – well, ofcourse as it was chilly outside but isn’t that the best part? Like, I wouldn’t really enjoy the pipping hot coffee so much during summers.
Sheeshas and Art of Camden Town
Okay to be honest, I have never visited UK during summers so I really cannot compare how it fares but Camden town was my ultimate getaway. That lovely street art, sitting in small Moroccan cafes smoking Sheesha, funky clothing – the entire punk vibe. I simply loved Camden and went back every chance I got.
Buy and flaunt Winter wear
Buying all those ultra comfy and cheap winter wear from Primark, became a weekly retail therapy for me. I knew I would rarely ever use them back home so I didn’t want to spend a bomb on warm winter wear. Still, I got some awesome boots, sweaters, warm furry slippers, fleece jackets, leg warmers, leggings, stockings – the works!
Coupled up with my warm overcoat and I was good to go. Seeing that people usually dressed in basics was a big relief. I could wear blacks and blues pretty much everyday without feeling odd. Infact, if I would wear pinks and reds, I would totally stand out.
Good thing that I had a black overcoat which would go well with just about anything. I was happy with my cost effective (and high quality) shopping and attire through the trip. Before you men roll your eyes – yes, this is a crucial aspect for women!
Visiting Scotland was high on my list so I finally made it there to check out Edinburgh and Glasgow. It was a really short trip as I was visiting friends but Scotland is definitely a place you will adore in winters.
I simply loved walking up and down those long winding roads, gawking at the majestic castles and drinking in the lovely traditional taverns.
Pub Hopping in Leeds
Leeds is the fun-tastic student city in UK. Do I need to say more?
Pub hopping (or crawling as the night goes on) is the best thing you can do in Leeds. It’s easy to meet new people, get drunk and socialize like crazy in this hip town. Spending a few days in Leeds was simply delightful though I wish I had a more time to explore, instead of just walk around and pub-hop/crawl! Well, that’s a reason to go back.
Watching a live Soccer match
You are in UK and you don’t watch a soccer match, no way, that’s not gonna happen. This is a must-do and if you are lucky, it will snow. This was really quite an experience for me to watch a match as it snows and you sit on the sidelines cheering and eating your hot dog – Damn, how cool is that? Of course you get a chance to wear matching mittens and sweaters to support your team.
When its cold and windy outside, you want to get indoors. No matter how much you enjoy it, there’s a point your hands are numb and you want a heated room (or amphitheater) to relax for a while. Head to one of the ample theatre’s in London to enjoy a play. With so many options, I was spoilt for choice but finally went in for ‘The Woman in Black’ which was spectacular and two different pantomimes, which were extremely enjoyable as well.
There are so many indoor attractions in London which can be enjoyed on an especially cold day. Check out Natural History museum, Madame Tussauds or Ripley’s believe it or not for a fun escape.
Walking around town
Yes, it is freezing cold but its so much fun to walk around London, Edinburgh, Watford, Leeds – literally anywhere.
Enjoy the blurry views at the London Bridge or pose with a live statue (You will find many all over town). Enjoy some street food or just wave at a stranger – Just have fun walking and exploring the places you visit. Cold, or warm, the streets are always fun.
With so much to do and more, you can really have one heck of a time and truly have a magical winter in UK.
Now to be very honest, I did miss the beaches and amusements parks as I love been outdoors, but hey – time to go back and enjoy the summers a bit now, eh?