If you’re visiting London in January and February, you’re definitely not expecting good weather! But just because it may be cold and wet, or even snowy outside, you can still enjoy the sights and stay dry and warm. Here are a few suggestions:
If you want to be impressed by one of the world’s most famous historical buildings, book a guided or audio tour of the Palace of Westminster (nearest pier: Westminster), the seat of the UK Parliament.
Or perhaps go back even further in time (to 960AD to be precise) to Westminster Abbey, venue for many royal weddings and funerals, the last resting place of many of England’s great poets and authors, as well as home to one of the UK’s most famous pieces of furniture, the Coronation Chair.
Just a short walk away from the Houses of Parliament, in the other direction, are Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms, where Britain’s most famous PM and his Cabinet spent time during the Second World War.
If you’re more interested in medical heritage, visit the Florence Nightingale Museum (nearest pier: Westminster) which celebrates the Lady with the Lamp and her legacy. Alternatively, further downriver is the Old Operating Theatre Museum (nearest pier: St Katherine), where you can find out the gruesome history of the operating theatre (not for the faint-hearted!).
London is stuffed full of museums and art galleries, so there are plenty of ways of enjoying the Capital’s indoor treasures – and many of them are free! The nearest gallery to the Circular Cruises’ route is the Tate Modern (nearest pier: Bankside) – a huge building that houses works and exhibitions by many of the world’s greatest modern artists.
You can also see great Art at the Hayward Gallery which is tucked away behind the National Theatre (nearest pier: Festival). If classical painting is more your thing, just a ten-minute walk from Embankment Pier is the National Gallery, which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of Western European art from the 13th to the 20th centuries.
Sadly, if you were hoping to visit the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, you’ll have to wait until 2020 when the building has been refurbished. However, some of its Impressionist paintings are on display at the National Gallery until 20 January 2019.
Well we would say that wouldn’t we! But you don’t have to be on deck to see London from the river. All our boats have heated lounges where you can sit in the warm and dry and watch the world go by in comfort. They also provide a welcome break from all that rushing around – when you’re cruising along the river, you can’t help but take things easier. So go on, give yourself a treat next time you’re in London. Click here for more information and to book.