Our capital city is the perfect place to be for a plethora of reasons this winter. Nothing beats a bird’s eye view of London submerged in snow from the top of the London Eye, and if you’re visiting London as a family then Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland makes one of the most enchanting attractions in the whole country.
Another reason to leave your cosy lodgings at the Shaftesbury London is to visit Little Venice. This tranquil pocket of the city can be found within reasonable walking distance of your snug room at the Oxford street hotel, and is home to a magical collection of restaurants, bars and theatres. Chances are you won’t fancy a canal ride in the chilly winter period, which is why the following venues make for some perfect places to visit during your stay.
The Warwick Castle
6 Warwick Pl, London W9 2PX
This wonderful pub merges classic antique design with the very best of modern contemporary touches. The whole pub is oak panelled, and what could be better than sipping a drink by The Warwick Castle’s roaring fire whilst checking your social media in the pub’s super-fast WiFi? As well as offering a fantastic drinks menu, The Warwick Castle is a great place to grab a bite to eat, with a brilliant gourmet burger menu to accompany tried-and-tested pub grub favourites such as pies, fish and chips and curried goat.
Puppet Theatre Barge
35 Blomfield Rd, London W9 2PF
A fantastic choice for families, a visit to The Puppet Theatre Barge alone is worth a visit to Little Venice. This magical maritime theatre has been entertaining children for over 30 years, and it’s easy to see why. As soon as you enter the barge you’ll be greeted by multiple puppets from years gone which line the walls before taking a seat and waiting for the show to start. The ship’s bell will ring, signifying that the puppets are about to appear, and what follows is an hour of classic entertainment from one of Britain’s oldest attractions.
The Puppet Theatre Barge’s shows are split by a ten-minute break, during which you’ll have ample time to tuck into refreshments including tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit. The theatre also has piping hot central heating, so there’s no danger of the winter chills creeping in.
Canal Café Theatre
2 Delamere Terrace, London W2 6ND
Are you an avid-theatre goer? If so, you won’t be able to visit Little Venice without a visit to the renowned Canal Café Theatre. This fantastic venue has been entertaining tourists and Londoners alike since it was first established in 1979, and has been home to performances from a plethora of famous faces including Miranda Hart and John Oliver. Aside from being home to great performances inside its 60-seat theatre, this venue is also built on top of Bridge House pub, making it the perfect place to enjoy some stand-up after a few drinks with friends.