As the dust settles on the christmas period, the slow slog of January will begin to creep in. Whilst the first month of the year is often dreaded by most, portrayed as a 31 day hangover from the month preceding it, there’s still plenty to look forward to come the new year. London is ripe with annual events which roll around the late winter and early spring months, and with a whole host of weekend getaway packages available through our accommodation in London City, it’s no surprise that people all over the world like to thaw out their christmas blues in the UK capital.
It’s one thing visiting the city on your own, but when visiting with family you’ll be faced with a whole host of needs besides your own. If you’re looking for the perfect family days out, then check out these selection events and offers taking place in 2019, suitable for all ages.
Whatever you’re educational interests, there’s nowhere better than museum row to get out of the cold of the first months of the year. With a wide range of permanent exhibits which are free to visit, the power trio of museums which is made up of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. If you and your family are in the mood for a deep dive into the history of the geological and biological history of the planet, then the huge halls of taxidermy and dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum will definitely float your boat. If it’s easy to digest science, then the hands on science museum makes learning accessible and fun for all ages, whilst the historic art and design orientated Victoria and Albert Museum plays host to beautiful sculptures, jewellery and art from throughout the ages, alongside exhibitions as varied as the life of Frida Kahlo and the political and narrative potential of video games.
Chinese New Year
On the 10th of February, you can expect Soho’s Chinatown to light up in a flurry of colour for Chinese New Year. This annual event marks the new Chinese Calendar and the incoming 2019 Year of the Pig. If you are looking for great food, vibrant parades and a whole host of paper dragons, then Chinatown is the place to be.
Harry Potter tour
Take a train to Leavesden and you’ll find warner Brother Studios Harry Potter tour. This magical experience is suitable for any aged Potter fanatic, and whisks you away into the world and making of the Harry Potter films. WIth replica sets, in depth information about the filming techniques as well as the chance to ride your very own broomstick on a green screen, the Harry Potter tour is short train journey, but a magical experience.
Based in Regents Park near the centre of the city, the exotic and awe inspiring tigers, elephants and snakes of London Zoo are a must see for any animal lover. Preserved in hospitable environments, the animals of London Zoo find their home in one of the oldest in the world.
Cancer Research UK London Winter Run
Whether you take part or not, the gruelling winter run is well worth the chill. These annual sponsored 10 km runs take runners through many prolific sites in the centre of the city, including Nelson’s Column and St Paul’s Cathedral.