London the capital of England, located in the South East coast of the UK has lots going on with a number of museums, shops and for those that enjoy the great outdoors – parks. London is a great city to visit over a weekend, you will not manage to cover everything but it will give you a taster to this huge city and all that it has to offer. So if you’re planning a weekend trip to London, here are my recommendations.
It’s an easy city to get around with the largest network of tube stations and buses. Did you know that London has the world’s largest network of underground transport and also a section of the oldest dating back to 1863?
Weekend Trip to London: Top Attractions
Visiting the Houses of Parliament
This historical building first opened in 1859 and now you can experience the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Additional tour dates have now been added for May and June. The factual audio tour takes around 60 – 75 minutes or you can take the blue badge guided tour which takes approximately 90 minutes. See the several contrasts of styles; from the huge medieval Westminster Hall, to the Victorian splendour of the Lords Chamber with Augustus Pugin’s magnificent gilded throne canopy, to the post war Commons Chamber with it’s famous green benches and despatch boxes.
Why not follow a tour with a stylish table service afternoon tea in one of the riverside rooms in the House of Commons? The seasonal menu of savouries and sweets is made freshly on site and combines tradition with a modern twist.
Bookings for Houses of Parliament tours can be made by calling Parliament’s Bookings Team.
A weekend trip to London is simply incomplete without visiting the Buckingham Palace. The great Buckingham Palace is accessible at limited times throughout the year, but don’t worry if you visit outside of these times. The area surrounding the palace and St James Park is lovely for that afternoon stroll, with a wide variety of wildlife including swans, geese and pelicans.
The View from The Shard
The tallest building in London – The Shard – is 95 stories high (310m) a wonder of architecture, sitting in the area of Southwark. Did you know it takes three months to clean all its windows? The audio tour provides a wealth of knowledge and once at the top the views are incredible. Did you know that once at the top you can stay as long as you like, during opening hours. It is well worth timing your visit to coincide with sunset. It can be a busy time, so worth getting up there a little earlier.
Harrods department store is located in the upmarket area of Knightsbridge. It has more than 160 years of luxury shopping over seven floors and 330 departments. Don’t miss the unique Egyptian features and the detailed food hall.
Liberty department store started in 1875, located on Regent Street with its grand Tudor façade.
Fortnum & Mason is the most luxurious department store in the world that dates back to 1707. Taste the tea’s and coffee’s from around the world, enjoy afternoon tea or purchase one of their renowned hamper’s.
Another great way to include in your weekend trip to London is to eat out before catching a play! There are a number of great productions taking place on London’s West End. This last trip I had the pleasure of watching “The Book Of Mormon“. The first London musical by Matt Stone and Trey Parker the creators of South Park. I had heard a lot about this particular musical and was very excited to see it. I was not disappointed! Filled with humour from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available from budget hostel’s to 5* hotel’s. Due to the popularity of London I would highly recommend booking in advance.
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