It’s been pretty cold and frosty lately, but its been positively balmy in comparison to the winters of 1550-1750A.D. This period was known as the Little Ice Age when Britain’s climate was more severe than it is now.
In London, the River Thames would freeze for months at a time and fairs were held on the ice. The last frost fair was held in 1814. It lasted four days during which an elephant was lead across the river below Black Friars Bridge.
and a fantastic image here:
The frost fair has recently been revived and although they can no longer be held on the river (as it’s not cold enough), they are held at Bankside and have been renamed the Bankside Winter Festival. Visit their offical site here: