words Al Woods
Travelling abroad is not a realistic option while the pandemic continues, so people have been using the opportunity to explore all that England has to offer.
While the capital is not its usual busy self right now, there is something special about London when it is quieter than normal, and it can actually be a fantastic time to explore and discover some hidden gems.
Here are 4 of the best things that you can do in and around London right now.
1. Christmas Shopping in Shepherd’s Bush
One of the best things about Christmas is going shopping for gifts, but obviously it will be a little different this year. You can still go shopping at Westfield in Shepherds’s Bush, which will give you a festive experience and should allow you to find whatever you are looking for. It is also easy to reach when you catch the train from Clapham Junction to Shepards Bush too.
2. Find the Best Vintage Stores
Now is also a good time to discover London’s best vintage stores and there are many throughout the capital. In addition to allowing you to find some unique gift ideas and/or to treat yourself to something special, this will also allow you to support small businesses which is hugely important in this difficult time. Check out this article to discover a few of the best vintage shops to be found in London.
3. Visit the Museums
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to museums in London which have reopened at the start of December (although you should always check ahead and learn about what restrictions they have in place). A few of the best museums in London include:
- The Natural History Museum
- The Science Museum
- Victoria & Albert Museum
- The National Gallery
- National Portrait Gallery
4. Stroll Through the Romantic Parks
London is also home to dozens of spectacular parks which can really come to life during the holiday season (just be sure to wrap up warm!). There are many parks to explore whether you are looking for a long stroll or to sit down and enjoy a hot beverage and snacks, such as:
- Hyde Park
- St. James’ Park
- The Regent’s Park
- Kensington Gardens
- Richmond Park
- Finsbury Park
Now can actually be a great time to visit London because it is much quieter and there are lots of hidden gems to discover. You could even explore the idea of brighton coach trips for an easy hop outside the capital. The above are just a few ideas for a fun day out to London which will allow you to enjoy yourself while staying safe and protecting public health.