14 amazing photos show London transformed into a winter wonderland by the 'Beast from the East' snowstorm

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesMembers of the Household Cavalry make their way across Horseguards Parade on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Britain has been brought to a standstill.

An icy Siberian weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East” has collided with Storm Emma – plunging the nation into some of its worst winter weather in years.

At least ten people have died, thousands of schools have been closed, and the country is beginning to run low on gas.

But it’s not all bad: The country has turned into a stunning winter wonderland, and even London (where it rarely snows) is no exception. The iconic capital’s landmarks and monuments have been carpeted in thick snow.

London has been momentarily transformed – and it’s beautiful. Here are 14 of the best photos of the city right now.


London’s most iconic landmarks have been covered in a thick blanket of snow.

Alex Burstow/Getty ImagesSnow falls in Trafalgar Square on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The pond in Regents Park has frozen solid.

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesElena Rya feeds the birds next to a frozen lake in Regents Park on March 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

And the iconic fountains in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the capital are turning to ice.

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe fountains freeze over in Trafalgar Square on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Even so, traditions must be respected. The Household Cavalry still marched across the Horseguards Parade grounds on Thursday, despite the snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesMembers of the Household Cavalry make their way across Horseguards Parade on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

And some soccer games have still gone ahead — but in less-than-ideal conditions.

Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesDanny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur battles with Andy Cannon and Ian Henderson of Rochdale in the snow during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Rochdale on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Britain’s National Air Service captured this dramatic photo of the weather front engulfing the city before the snows began.

National Air Service

Londoners have been forced to dress warmly to ward off the cold — ┬álike this stylish racoon coat.

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesA man in a Racoon coat walks through St James’s Park in the snow on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Brits are being advised against road travel, and hundreds of people have been trapped in their vehicles on motorways overnight. In London, some buses aren’t faring much better.

Alex Burstow/Getty ImagesLondon buses drive through a snow flurry in Westminster as snow falls on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Britain’s parks have been turned into winter wonderlands, full of sledging children …

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesA child is pulled along in a sledge on top of a snow-covered hill in Greenwich Park on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

… and the occasional snowboarder.

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesA man snowboards down a hill in Greenwich Park after snow fell last night on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Working in the snow is a thankless task.

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesA horse and cart is taken through Westminster during a snow flurry on February 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The icy weather has coincided with the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia.

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesA Jewish man walks along a snow covered green during the annual Jewish holiday of Purim on March 1, 2018 in London, England.

The London Underground is swelteringly hot in summer, but that doesn’t mean it has avoided the storm’s chill. Multiple tube lines have had severe delays as a result of the bad weather.

Eleanor Riley/Getty ImagesA pedestrian walks out of the Charing Cross underground station in Trafalgar Square during a snow flurry on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

And it’s not over yet: More snow is forecast for Friday, and continuing icy temperatures means London may not be free of the grip of the ‘Beast’ for some time yet.

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesCommuters walk through the snow-covered streets of Westminster on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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