I took these photos this past February, on a 4 night mid-winter trip to London. Airfares were cheap, the pound was down, who could resist? I will be doing something similar next week - airfares are not down but I will earn double miles on United, pound is going back up again - oh well - and this upcoming trip will be only 3 nights. I do expect marginally better weather though.
I spent a large part of this trip just walking. Jetlag be damned (the first day for me is always a killer but I walked no less than 6 miles and likely closer to 8 the first day) and rain and chill be damned - I spent most of the days outdoors, taking chill-breaks in museums and sit-down meals (and nice hot shower before dinner). I rarely took the tube or bus, instead, when I got sick of walking I raised my hand and the magic cab would arrive to whisk me to the next stop.
It was surprising to see the number of people sitting at cafe tables outside despite the chill. Throughout Covent Garden and Soho I saw a lot of people bundled up and sipping their coffees or beers at outdoor tables. Look out Paris!
These photos show some of my trail over the days. The Strand, Fleet Street, St. Paul's, Millennium Bridge, South Bank up to Westminster Bridge, Borough Market, Royal Horseguards, Cabinet War Rooms, Trafalgar Square including a few by night (I took my tripod) and finally the Changing of the Guard. I haven't watched that since my first visit to London in 1993. My last half-day in town was sunny and 60 (it figures) so I wandered over to the British Museum around the corner from my hotel until my cab arrived a little after noon. This time I'm going to stretch my cab-time to 1 PM so I can fit in a London Walks at Westminster Abbey that Monday morning.
I hope you like the photos. Enjoy.