Must Visit Winter Festivals in London

While the rest of the world is looking for ways to stay out of the cold each winter, London warms up with people thronging to a wide variety of festivals held in the city during this time. Regardless of whether you are a music, art or literature enthusiast, you will find a festival that thrills you. There even are festivals that celebrate food and the performing arts. However, before you get all set to visit the city, make sure you book accommodation well in time because this is a time when people from all over the world come to London to participate in the various festivals.

One of the best options for stay is an acclaimed boutique hotel in Central London, near Victoria Coach Station, like Astors Hotel in London Victoria. These hotels offer you great service for a reasonable price and are well situated for you to visit all the popular tourist spots in the city.

London’s Top Three Must See Winter Festivals

  1. The Richmond Literature Festival: This is an annual event, usually held through the month of November, this is a festival that will appeal to bookworms. Held across several locations in Richmond, the festival brings together authors and other leading literary figures from the fiction, poetry, non-fiction and journalism domains. Poetry recitations, tips of how to get published, workshops and more is in store at this festival.
  1. The London Jazz Festival: This is one of the best known and most frequented music festivals in the city and one of the most prestigious and largest jazz festivals in the world. You can hear some of the best jazz musicians from across the world performing at this festival. The events are usually held at iconic venues. In 2013, the Royal Festival Hall in South Bank, Ronnie Scot’s in Soho and the Barbican played host to both new talent and established international stars. The performances are not limited to jazz either. All you need to do is book yourself into one of the reputed boutique hotels in Central London and you will be all set to listen to the likes of Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Wayne Shorter, Matthew Herbert, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, to name a few.
  1. The Fourth Plinth: This art festival, held in Trafalgar Square has gained huge popularity in recent years. It features the works of some of the best known artists from across the world. Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth had remained empty till 1999, when it was gien a new lease of life through the initiation of the Fourth Plinth Project. This project grew into the Fourth Plinth Commission, which makes sure that the works of acclaimed artists are showcased at this venue. Today, artists compete to have their works displayed here. For each year’s festival, two artists are chosen from the likes of Ugo Rondinone, David Shrigley, Mark Leckey and Marcus Coates, to name a few.

And while you’re in London for these festivals, don’t forget to visit Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and the various museums in London Victoria. The passport office is nearby, if you need help, while Belgravia, London, is home to some of the best cafes, restaurants and pubs in the city.

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