Very long question on things to see/do in the British winter
September 17, 2012 1:01 AM Subscribe
Spending a month in the UK during winter, our first time there. Need your ideas and recommendations on interesting things to see/do!
Walking - we'd love to do a couple of day-walks in the Lake/Peak districts. Is it crazy to think about doing this in winter? Any recommendations of specific walks/routes?
My significant other and I are going to be spending nearly a month in the UK, come December. I know its not the best time to visit but we wanted to see the country during a time when it would mostly be just locals. We are very advanced planners (as you can guess from the timing of this question) and want to start building up a store of ideas and itineraries for the trip. We would like to avoid tourist traps as far as possible. Our interests are:
Tourist walks - we'd love to a do a couple of off-beat ones in London. I've heard about a Jack the Ripper walk. Any other interesting ones that people can recommend? Again, will it be crazy to do this in winter?
Cycling - we'd love to do a couple of easygoing day-long cycle tours in the Lake/Peak districts. Any recommendations on specific routes/trips?
Cycling in London - will it be crazy to use the Bike Share system to commute during sightseeing in London? Is it going to be a wet experience throughout?
Museums - V&A is definitely on the must-do list as is the National Museum and the Natural History Museum. Any other recommendations that you think will be good
Theatre - we're planning to catch a show or two on the Westend. Any recommendations for must-watch musicals/plays while we are there? Any one source where we can get all the show listings/dates/times?
Music - we love British bands such as Muse, Bloc Party etc. Is the gig scene active in winter? Any one source where we can get all the gig listings/dates/times?
Crafts - we'd love to visit and sample some authentic British craftsmen. We're getting some ideas from the BBC show Mastercrafts. Are there some quintessential traditional crafts and craft centers that we should look at visiting
Food - we're both ardent foodies and would love to sample some of the Michelin-starred restaurants in London as well as sample New British Cooking. Any recommendations based on personal experience here would be great! No Indian/Asian please
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