Things to do near Fenchurch Street this winter
As your train pulls into London Fenchurch Street station a charming combination of winter wonder and hidden gems surround you. From the magnificent decorative lights scattered on London to the tiny, picturesque gardens at St. Dunstan’s Church, we’ve compiled some of London’s best things to do near Fenchurch Street this winter. Buy your tickets now and save with advance weekday tickets, or save 1/3 when you book a GroupSave ticket.
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Tower Bridge is London’s best-loved landmark and most Instagram-able spot – especially lit up against the dark city sky. It was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) and this year marks its 125th anniversary. From Coppa Club winter pop up, to the Bridge Theatre, and tons of Christmas Markets all along the river, it’s the perfect start for your festive day out.
The Tower of London
A stone’s throw from Fenchurch Street station sits the Tower of London and over a thousand years of fascinating history. View the spectacular Crown Jewels (worthy of any Christmas present wish list!) You can also see the world-famous ‘Beefeaters’ at work and squirm at the grizzly ancient methods of torture used as you tour Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress.
How to get there: A 5 minute walk from Fenchurch Street Station.
St Dunstan’s in the East
A fabulous secret garden in the heart of The City, moments away from Fenchurch Street Station, what’s known affectionately as ‘The Gardeners’ Church’. This hidden oasis is a bustling metropolis in the summer, but becomes a quaint and fairy tale like garden that fills you with a calm and serenity amid the winter weather. As it’s located between Fenchurch Street and Tower Bridge, they’re lots of places to choose from to go heat up with a hot meal and drink afterwards.
How to get there: From Fenchurch Street Station, walk 3 mins to EC3R 5DD.
The Barbican Centre
Home to all things art, music, theatre, dance, and film. With art exhibitions, theatre, technology showcases and much more makes the Barbican – in all its brutalist glory – one of the most exciting locations in London to visit. If you’re looking for a new and exciting experience, and one that gets you out of the cold, check out the upcoming events page here. The Barbican also has a cinema and a delightful conservatory, featuring over 2,000 species of exotic plants, trees and fish, which you can visit on Sunday afternoons from 12pm.
What’s better than a Sunday roast? How about a Sunday roast with a view that overlooks the wintered capital. The Oblix restaurant sits high in the world famous Shard skyscraper and offers a truly signature take on the classic British roast. You’ll be able to see up to 40 miles out if you go on a clear winters day, and with being 310 metres high, you might even be lucky enough to see Santa riding the skies!
Museum of London Docklands
If you’re looking for a different winter day out activity, delve into the Thames’ murky maritime past at the Museum of London Docklands, there’s a wealth of displays on everything from pirates to slavery. Don’t forget to wander through Sailor Town’s warren of East End alleys, cobbles, candles and dodgy dealings. A thoroughly interesting and interactive look at London’s fascinating development that’s suitable for visitors of all ages.
How to get there: Our advice? Get off at Limehouse – it’s a 20 minute picturesque walk that takes you over Limehouse Basin. Or, get the DLR from Bank to Westferry, as that’s only a 5 minute stroll away.
Fenchurch Street food market
Open four days a week, Tuesday-Friday, from 10am to 3:30pm the food market takes place on the forecourt outside of Fenchurch Street Station.
Bustling with pop up food stalls serving up dishes from around the world you’ll find everything from falafels to katsu wraps, Greek treats to burgers. There’s something to satisfy every craving.
Here are some of the scrumptious stalls to get food from. This is just an idea of what’s available as traders can change throughout the year.
- Monday – Roma Coffee
- Tuesday – Harissa & Lemon, Hola Guacamole, The Athenian, BHK, Katsu Wraps, Falafel Queen, Guptas, Olivier’s Bakery, Roma Coffee
- Wednesday – Harissa & Lemon, Paella, The Athenian, BHK, Katsu Wraps, Falafel Queen, Guptas, Olivier’s Bakery, Roma Coffee, Breakfast By Bella
- Thursday – Harissa & Lemon, One Love Kitchen, The Athenian, BHK, Katsu Wraps, Falafel Queen, Olivier’s Bakery, Roma Coffee
- Friday – Harissa & Lemon, Hola Guacamole, One Love Kitchen, BHK, Falafel Queen, Olivier’s Bakery, Roma Coffee