When does it snow in London? Here’s a complete guide to winters in London and how to have an amazing snow day in London — from a Londoner!
If you’re coming to London for the winter season, you may be wondering when does it snow in London?
Moving across the pond from the East coast, I thought London’s mild temperatures meant I had officially said goodbye to snowy seasons when I landed in Heathrow. But five years later — boy was I wrong!
Like a bad date, you never know when London snow will show up. But if you time your trip right, you may just catch a glimpse of London’s very own winter wonderland.
When Does it Snow in London?
Snow in London can fall anytime the temperature hits below 0° C (or 32°F). Because of London’s notoriously mild temperatures, winters in London don’t tend to go below 5°C (41°F), but of course, there are exceptions!
From December to February, there’s usually a couple days where the temperature hits below freezing. Because of this, snow in London is a fleeting affair, so here’s how to make the most of your snow day.
Best Things to do When it Snows in London
Go Sledding at Greenwich Park
With hills the size of mountains Londoners leap at the chance to sled down Greenwich Hill as soon as they see a snowflake (me included). Grab a sled and brace yourself for the steep slopes and epic winter views.
Read More: 12 Best Things to do in Greenwich here
Warm Up with a Cuppa…Hot Chocolate!
Nothing says snow like hot chocolate. Take a break from your snowy escapades and toast up with the best hot cocoa London has to offer. Don’t know where to go? Try my favorite chocolate spot — Dark Sugars.
Have a Sit-Down Meal at a Pub
British food is notoriously hearty, perfect for a cozy sit-down. Cure your winter blues with a hefty meal at a classic London pub. Here’s some recommendations for each borough:
- North London | The Griffin
1262 High Rd, Whetstone, London N20 9HH
- South London | The Black Dog
112 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall, London SE11 5ER
- East London | Cat and Mutton
76 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4QJ
- West London | Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN
And of course, a good ole Wetherspoon’s always does the trick.
Build a Snowman at St. James Park
If ever find yourself in a Central London snow day — make sure you go to St. James Park!
The iconic green space and Buckingham Palace neighbor has the perfect grounds for snowman making. Plus, you can take a wintery walk in Central before (and of course, snap a pic with a snow-covered Big Ben).
Have a Snowball Fight in Richmond Park
With over 2500 acres of land Richmond Park has all the room you need for a London snowball fight. Keep it friendly (or not) and remember to keep a distance from the deer!
Read More: 5 Magic Things to do in Richmond Park
What to Wear for a Snow Day in London
Between all the sledding, hot cocoas and winter walking you’ll do, here’s everything you need to keep warm for your snow day in London.
Any winter in London should be accompanied with a warm winter coat. From roaming icy weather to cozying up in a pub, you’ll want to make sure it fits every London snow day occasion.
The cold weather and constant walking will definitely call for some layers, i.e perfect the turtleneck occasion.
Outside of snow days (which are only a couple of days out of the year), you don’t really see Londoners wearing winter or snow boots. Leave the Uggs at home and opt for some versatile high boots instead.
They’re perfect for snowy weather and so you can use them for fall too!
Scarf & Gloves, Hats
Don’t forget your scarfs, gloves, and hat! I tend to air on the side of neutral colors for these to make sure I can pair them with as many winter outfits as possible.
Your hands will also be preoccupied with things like navigating the city or snapping a picture, so be sure to opt for touchscreen gloves for your snow day in London.
Read More: Ultimate London Packing List: What to Wear in Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Enjoy Your Snow Day in London!
Have you ever seen snow in London before? Let me know on Instagram where I’ll be taking you on a snow day tour myself!
Happy snow day!
If you liked this post be sure to read how to spend a rainy day in London.