See the best of London on a city break
From cultural sights to historic attractions, the city of London blends the traditional and modern with style and flare.
From a luxury long weekend to short budget holiday, a city break is an excellent way to explore a new place and get a feel for what a city is all about and even in just a few short days you can explore some of London’s best sights.
Whether its an action-packed adventure or a cultural getaway you seek, the British capital is bursting at the seams with award-winning restaurants, designer shopping, world-class museums, stunning architecture and unique points of interest. With so much to discover, the only thing you’ll have to worry about on a city break to London is what to do next.
Things to see and do
Home to some of the best museums and galleries and theatres on the globe, and host to events like the 2010 Summer Olympics, London Film Festival and Wimbledon tennis tournament, London has no shortage of excitement throughout the year. Friendly locals, an excellent transport system and safe city centre make London an ideal destination for tourists, and whether you want to stay busy or take it easy you can find something that takes your fancy.
If you’re planning a week or a weekend away in the Big Smoke, start your search online at Visit London – it’s the city’s official tourism guide and offers a wealth of useful information ahead of your visit. For further inspiration, the Telegraph has put together a useful guide of top attractions, restaurants, and places to stay in London to help you put together an itinerary for your adventure. While you’re there, don’t miss:
The London Eye – Overlooking the Thames, Westminster and Big Ben, the London Eye is one of the city’s most popular attractions and offers a stunning bird’s eye view from the top. The 30-minute ride is the perfect place to take a few memorable photos and take in all the architecture that makes the city famous.
Buckingham Palace – The state rooms at Her Majesty’s official residence are only open to visitors during certain points of the year, but it’s still possible to visit the stables and museum attached to the palace, as well as watch rituals like the changing of the guard.
The West End – Rivalling New York as the theatre capital of the world, no visit to London would be complete without tickets to one of the many live shows in the West End. The area is a hub of drama, musicals and experimental theatre, not to mention cafes, bars and restaurants that fill up with theatre goers after the show is over. You can purchase tickets the day of the show, or if you prefer, book ahead on discount ticket websites like Shows in London.
Royal Botanic Gardens – The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit. Stroll through the gardens or explore inside the famous glasshouses and discover everything from giant lily pads to exotic palm trees.
Booking your adventure
London has no shortage of hotels, and these days it’s easy to book your entire holiday from the comfort of your own home through travel websites. You can search and book hotels for your city break on lastminute.com – similar sites like booking.com and Expedia both offer the same service, making it easy for you to find a hotel in the area you’d like to stay in.