It’s a pleasant time of year for a wander along the banks of Hyde Park’s S-shaped lake. On a drizzle-free morning, there are few better spots to drink a coffee and read the paper.

The best place to start is across the road from Lancaster Gate Tube – that entrance brings you straight into the Italian Gardens, a picturesque quadrangle filled with babbling fountains and chalky, moss-covered statues.

You might assume it’s too chilly to take a dip this time of year, but the Serpentine Swimming Club is gearing up for its annual Peter Pan Cup on Christmas Day (only members can participate, though).

At the south-east end of the lake, there are plenty of chances to pick up a mulled wine – check out the Winter Wonderland fair or Serpentine Bar and Kitchen – before you pop out in Knightsbridge.

Where is it? Hyde Park, W2 3RX Lancaster Gate

Verdict: great for a stroll