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Three Nerdy Things to do During Winter in London

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by Melissa Townsend (subscribe)
I'm a journalist turned full-time nomad currently living in East London.
Published January 18th 2013
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1) Infuse yourself

We could all do with some warming up at the moment, and the best way to do that is with a cup of tea. The Twinings tea store offers the perfect backdrop for a delicious warm brew, and best of all, the tea is free. Make your way towards the back of the shop and you will find a couple of helpful young women eager to pour you a cuppa. If their teas don't warm you up, their smiles certainly will, and they can answer any tea-related question you fire at them, from the origins of the Twinings store in 1706 to contemporary tea-growing conditions. I particularly fancied the blackcurrant and lavender infusion. Mmm, yum! The store is at 216 Strand, Westminster. See here for more info.

2) Discover yourself

The city's museums provide a great escape from the gloomy weather, and one of my favourites is the Science Museum at South Kensington. Inside, there is a section called 'Who Am I?', which offers fantastic interactive exhibits. Find out what your voice would sound like as the opposite sex, get up-close and personal with a snapshot of your iris, and test out how your subconscious works. There are countless hours of fun to be had here, as well as some fascinating inventions to discover.

3) Challenge yourself

Being a book worm, I have always enjoyed a trip to the library, and when it comes to the British Library, I am in heaven. See original manuscripts by the musical greats, read about the Magna Carta, or simply take in the amazing energy in the building. The London Library, at 14 St Jame's Square is also worth a look and offers free guided walks on Mondays. Tours last 45 minutes and begin at 6.30pm. Numbers are limited so email visits@londonlibrary.co.uk with your full name, contact number and the date you wish to tour.
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