By Vesi Maslenishka
This weekend was my first time ever at Winter Wonderland. We got to Green Park station for about 12 pm and by the time we walked over to to the park with the large crowds of people wearing Christmas jumpers and hats, it was about an hour later, just enough time to grab our tickets and hop on the Winter Wonder View Tower.
The View Tower is one of their newest attractions. It’s basically a rotating tower. Once the doors shut, the ascend begins all while rotating so you get a full 360 view of pretty much the whole of London. Of course, we saw the whole of Winter Wonderland too, all the people below us were small moving dots and while looking out into the distance, we saw The Shard and The London Eye. The experience is about 15 mins long, just enough time to enjoy the views but not too long to get bored.
After this, we thought it was time for food. It took us about an hour to decide what to have. There’s so much choice of German hotdogs, burgers, pork dishes, fish and chips and much, much more. We settled on a stall with a pulled pork-based menu and went for the pulled pork pot, which came with stuffing and crackling of course. We did not forget the applesauce as I smothered my pot with it. At this point, it started raining so we took shelter in one of the many tents with tables and chairs to finish off our lunch pots and warm up as we got a spot right next to a heater… bliss!
When the rain stopped we went back out to explore and came across the most divine Belgian hot chocolate stand so obviously we had to get some. The hot choc came with whipped cream, marshmallows and a flake, though I held off on the marshmallows and asked for extra cream instead. If hot chock isn’t your thing though, there are plenty of stools serving up mulled wine, cider or you can grab one of Stone’s mulled gingers, you can find them right next to the Wonder View Tower.
Now, I wish I could say we had room for a chocolate covered pretzel, a pancake or a waffle but we were stuffed, though we each took a pretzel home. We also had a look around all of the market stalls and found the most incredible handmade crockery and could not resist.
By this point in the day, the sun was down and it was getting chilly out so it was time to call it a day, though we’re very tempted to go back at some point before it closes on Jan 1st.
Plan your visit to Winter Wonderland here.