Even as Brits we love nothing more than a weekend in London. We live up in rural East Yorkshire and yes we have cities close by, but nothing compares to the hustle and bustle of The Big Smoke. London is super accessible with numerous airports, the Eurostar terminal and direct train routes from all over the country, making it a great destination for a day trip, weekend, or even longer, budget dependant of course. We make the journey at least twice a year and love being tourists in our own capital. Here are a few suggestions, based on what we love to see and do, for making the most of a weekend in London.
Visit Some Museums
There are so many museums in London and we’re sure there is at least one that would appeal to you based on your hobbies and interests, especially as they are all free to visit. Yes, entrance to all museums in the UK, even London, will cost you nothing, which is always welcome when travelling. Our personal favourites are the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and The Natural History Museum, all different, yet all a brilliant way to spend a few hours in the city.
Shop Till You Drop
With the world-famous Oxford Street and upmarket Mayfair just waiting to be traversed, London is a shopping lovers Mecca. Whether you are looking for high street bargains or high end treats, you will find more shops and stores than you can shake a stick at here. Don’t forget to don your comfortable shoes and pick up your credit card, trust us, you’ll need them!
Pick A Central Hotel
Regardless of what you choose to do, a central hotel in London is a must, especially if your time in the city is short. Yes, the underground system is great, however, if you are not used to it, it can be quite confusing, particularly if you have a long journey to make with a number of changes. London can be walkable if you base yourself in the right place to start with. We suggest looking at your itinerary and basing yourself close to the majority of things that you have planned.
Indulge in afternoon tea
How very British! Most hotels and major attractions offer afternoon tea in London. Finger sandwiches, scones served with jam and cream and delicious petit fours all washed down with lashing of hot tea and a glass of fizz if you are feeling fancy. With afternoon teas offered across the city suitable for all budgets, we are sure you will find one that fits the bill, no problem. The best value for money one we have found so far is definitely at Harrods.
Take in a show
The West End is somewhere you must visit if musical theatre is your thing, having seen a number of shows and musicals in London, we highly recommend booking tickets for one, if possible, during your trip. If there is a specific show that you want to see, then booking tickets in advance is imperative. Why not combine a visit to the theatre with a pre or post dinner too, making it a fantastic evening and one you will remember for a very long time.
Yes, another foodie thing to do in London and one that is very popular, especially during weekends and something we always have before we catch our Sunday afternoon train home. Again, you are able to find different brunches across the city dependant on your budget and lifestyle. In fact, you will find one to suit everyone’s tastes from healthy to bottomless (our favourite, of course).
We cannot wait to plan our next trip to London and even though we have visited countless times before, I’m sure that our format will be similar to all the previous times.
Have you visited London before? Maybe you live there? What are your favourite things to see and do? Also, if you could recommend anywhere for future afternoon teas and brunches please let us know by leaving us a comment below.
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