Top 10: B-B-B-Baby It's Cold Outside!

Top 10 things to do in Camden

With winter continuing Love Camden has put together a special list of tips and tricks to stay warm this winter, both inside and outside!

STAY INSIDE AND…:

1.    Have a Hot Toddy. Or two. Or three. It is warming, it is sort of healthy (it has lemon in, after all!) and most importantly: you can make it yourself. Here’s our favorite recipe:

Hot Toddy (c) thebacklabel.com
Hot Toddy (c) thebacklabel.com

LOVECAMDEN’S HOT TODDY

-       Hot water

-       1 tbs. honey

-       2 tbs. lemon juice

-       1 slice of lemon

-       3 – 5 cloves

-       1 cinnamon stick

-       25 ml of dark rum

Mix it all together and let it set for a while so that the flavours can mix properly and the liquid cools down a little. Enjoy when you have a cough or simply because it is winter and you can!

2.    Take up knitting! It’s easy to learn the basics, and you can knit that life-saving-scarf you always wanted to make. Or make one for your partner if you want to score some points. Tea&Crafting in Camden offers knitting courses that you can apply at home – get involved! 

Knitting (c) teaandcrafting.co.uk
Knitting (c) teaandcrafting.co.uk

3.    Enrich your knowledge. This is the opportune moment to curl up on the couch with some thick socks and a blanket and explore the British Museum’s Catalogue. Here you can find anything, including visual collections and many detailed research projects and blogs. The British Library’s “Oral History” is also a great way to spend a dreary day: here you can listen to recordings covering a multitude of subjects in the arts, history and sports. 

The British Library Archives (c) bb.co.uk
The British Library Archives (c) bl.co.uk

4.    Order take-out. This is your chance to indulge in comfort food. Camden’s cultural diversity makes for some great food choices. Take your pick from YouMeSushi in Fitzrovia, Bombay Nights in Hampstead or have some Lebanese food from Mezza Express and Grill in Camden Town!

Sushi (c) youmesushi.com
Sushi (c) youmesushi.com

5.    Follow Camden born Michael Palin on his website where he published diary excerpts on his travels, a blog, and a selection of his films and projects. A great and interesting exploration into the life of one of Camden’s greatest figures. 

Michael Palin (c) ministryofbritishcomedy.com
Michael Palin (c) ministryofbritishcomedy.com

 

BUT IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE…:

6.    Explore the Museum Mile. 13 museums all within a short walk means minimal time battling the weather, click here for a handy map.   

Dickens museum
(c) Charles Dickens Museum, part of the Museum Mile

7.    Go for a walk on Hampstead Heath. Winter is the best season for walks, really. The beautiful colour schemes, the smell of the forest, the mushrooms peeking out occasionally: it all adds up to that outdoor-sy feeling. Going for a walk should leave a rosy shine on your cheeks and clarity in your head. Bring some hot tea with you and overlook the Heaths while pondering the year ahead.

Hampstead Heath in Winter (c) hampsteadheath.org.uk
Hampstead Heath in Winter (c) hampsteadheath.org.uk

8.    Attend a live performance at The Green Note in Camden. This small independent venture has the best jazz in town, and always makes for a great atmospheric night out with friends! 

The Green Note inside (c) greennote.co.uk
The Green Note (c) greennote.co.uk

9.    Pick out your winter reads at SKOOB, a used and second hand bookstore in the basement of Brunswick Centre. Or wander around Lamb’s Conduit Street for an authentic shopping experience. Staying far away from high-street superficiality, Lamb’s Conduit Street hosts mostly small independent shops full of treasures. Check out Persephone  Books – they specialise in literary works by female authors! 

SKOOB inside (c) skoob.com
SKOOB (c) skoob.com

10. Visit England's biggest Penguin Pool at ZSL London Zoo. Take some inspiration from some friendly animals who love the cold, and with this new exhibit you can see what they get up to underwater too! 

Penguin
(c) ZSL London Zoo

 

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