It may be chilly outside but there are plenty of things to keep you entertained this winter in London.
Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, on Sunday 29 January. Watch the parade pass through the streets of the West End and performances on the stage in Trafalgar Square.
Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one in London – watch the sunset from the Sky Garden 155 metres above the city, catch a theatre show in the West End or enjoy a romantic meal at any one of London’s international restaurants.
Visit the vast array of museums across the capital. There is pretty much a museum for anything, ranging from dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum to toys at the V&A Museum of Childhood and buses at the London Transport Museum to the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
Exhibitions this winter include – the Fourth Plinth shortlist at the National Gallery, Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London at the V&A, Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum and Robots at the Science Museum.
Brighten up the dark winter evenings by visiting one of the light festivals taking place this winter in London. These include a free light festival in Canary Wharf, with 30 light installations and interactive art throughout the wharf, and the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House.
You’re never far away from places to eat and drink. Sit back and relax somewhere with a great view, for example, the restaurant on level 6 at the Tate Modern or one of the many pubs and eateries along the River Thames.
If you are looking to take yourself off to a warmer climate, a new adventure, or just to dream, there are many travel shows taking place during January and February, including the Destinations Show. Meet tour operators, listen to talks from famous travellers, get inspired.