5 ways to warm up this winter

It’s a British tradition at this time of year to talk about how cold it is outside while shivering and nuzzling our faces into our jackets. But why brave the chill when you can check out our 5 brrrilliant ways to keep warm this winter?

Hot chocolate: Paul A Young1. Sip some soothing hot chocolate

Seen as a winter staple in most households and indeed the high street at this time of year, the humble hot chocolate is sure to warm you up. But not all hot chocolates are created equal. Instead of settling for the powdered instant stuff, head to Paul A Young’s chocolate shop in London to see (and taste) how this irresistible treat is done properly. And with 3 locations around the city, you’re never too far from hot chocolate heaven. 

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland2. Explore a Christmas market

When December arrives, Christmas markets pop up all over the country, offering many tempting festive gifts and lots of indulgent treats. Along with the fabulous food and drink, many markets have stalls selling handmade scarves, gloves and hats so you can grab something cosy to keep out the winter weather. Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market has plenty of cosy coffee shops for warmth, while London’s Winter Wonderland has lots of rides and indoor activities for you to take shelter.

Book your stay: Birmingham Central Bullring  Covent Garden

3. Grab some comforting grub

As the brisk, dark nights draw in, so does our appetite or something wholesome and delicious to eat. From hearty pies and mash, to satisfying stews and homemade soups, there’s something heartwarming about tucking into some tasty grub when the weather outside is frightful. If you’re in Central London, the Battersea Pie Station is the perfect pitstop for some mouth-watering fare right in the heart of the city.

Book your stay: Covent Garden

Bear Grylls Adventure4. Get energetic at an adventure park

Who said fun was just for the kids? There’s nothing that will warm you up more than the adrenaline rush and excitement of an adventure park or indoor playground. Go wild, let loose and stretch those numb limbs at the Bear Grylls Adventure Park in Birmingham. With plenty of challenging activities to get stuck into, you definitely won’t be cold for long! Start at Base Camp before you go onto flying, climbing, running and even diving through the rest of the park.

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The Vault at Milroys5. Have a warming whisky

After a long winter’s day there’s little better than taking a warming sip of whisky. Whether it’s a malt from the far reaches of the world, or a local bourbon, there’s a whisky for every palate and Milroy’s of London has hundreds of varieties to please the taste buds. To add a little intrigue, as well as their shop and bar on the ground floor, there is a welcoming cellar bar, The Vault where you can enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple in comfort.

Book your stay: Covent Garden

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