Winter really seemed to set in this weekend, with snow across the United States, from Florida to New England. There was snow in London, too, and Instagram really stepped up to the challenge with some fantastic pics of the white stuff falling all over town.
From Kensington Palace to Hampstead Heath, here are some gorgeous scenes of snow in London. Have any of your own? Tag us on Instagram with #VirginVacations to share!
First we have gorgeous, Neoclassical Somerset House putting on the holiday spirit and looking even more lovely than ever with snowflakes falling!
The skating rink at this historic building and art museum/exhibition space along the Thames is open until January 14, 2018. Don’t miss the Courtald Gallery when your toes are too cold for ice-skating — it’s home to masterpieces by van Gogh, Degas and others.
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A walk along the Thames is always bound to offer a charming view, but it’s especially magical with a snowfall to mute the hard stone edges of these buildings that were built to last an age or three.
One always feels they’ve gone back in time while visiting the extraordinary cluster of historic buildings at the Tower of London.
But add a low-hanging fog bank which begins to hide the pyramid of The Shard in the background, and your view of the timbered buildings along the Thames really give you the impression you’re just a few steps away from Tudor England.
Snow in London… it’s a way-back machine of sorts.
Even queens get snow on them.
Over at Kensington Palace, visitors excited over the forthcoming royal wedding got a chilly view of the castle’s grand main entrance with a soft dusting of snow.
Queen Victoria, who sits in front of the palace in her coronation robes, seems unconcerned, as ever.
Kensington Palace is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and its state apartments and some other areas are open to visit.
When the Underground goes overground, you get a pretty pleasing splash of color!
Speaking of splashes of color, some of the brightly colored houses in Notting Hill really show off in the snowfall…
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London’s central neighborhoods have a really useful series of maps and directional signs, making it easy to get around without needing a guidebook, or even using up your phone battery to much with an app to find your next landmark.
Plus, they look great with snow flurries falling, like this one in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The canal boats of Little Venice look especially cozy in a snowfall.
London’s parks turned into winter wonderlands… like Hampstead Heath, north of central London.
Snow in London… it’s a rare delight! If you’re lucky enough to spot it, just be sure you’re properly dressed for the part.