Whether it’s a long weekend or a short stay there’s plenty of things to do in London that will keep you busy. From elegant cafes in Kensington to trendy cocktail bars in Shoreditch there’s so much to discover in a beautiful and diverse city. Here’s a guide on how to spend a fabulous weekend in London.
Why not start your day off with a delicious breakfast in one of Kensington’s many cafes or restaurants. Grab a quick breakfast to fuel yourself for the long day ahead at The Ivy. It’s located in the centre of Kensington high street serving breakfast until 11:30am. With a selection of fresh fruit, pastries and traditional English there’s so much to choose from. Home-made lemonade and lobster benedict are also on the menu – scrumptious. The Kensington Palace is a short walk away so while you’re in the area it would be a good idea to take a stroll around the gardens and take a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Royal family. You will need to buy a pass with prices starting from £18.90.
Hyde Park is also located around the Kensington Palace area where it’s nice to take a morning stroll, view the stunning sights and take in the fresh air. There’s always events happening around Hyde Park including the Taste of London and Barclaycard’s British Summer Time. If you plan your weekend correctly you could catch one of these fun activities. You can even take a trip across the lake in a boat – let’s hope you can row properly! As you walk by Hyde Park it leads to the number one tourist spot in London, Buckingham Palace. This is something you definitely have to see in your life time.
Another typical tourist activity is riding the London eye. It’s a chance to see the breath taking views of the city up high. The large Ferris wheel goes above Westminster Bridge and over the river Thames. There’s opportunity to hire out a private pod with friends, family or partners. Some people host their wedding on the eye – how magical.
For lunch visit Borough market for a mix of cuisines and a real feel of London’s culture. The markets been around for a long time since the 13th century. The food is colourful and tasty from all over the world. To name a few: beastly burgers, spicy curries, fish mongers, sweet macaroons and Columbian coffee stalls. There’s a bit of something for everyone at this outdoor food court.
For high end luxury shopping Covent Garden is the place to be. It’s home to fashion stores such as, Chanel, Dior, Tom Ford and many more world class designers. There’s also some quirky boutiques including Sweetheart Cakes and French art boutique, Diptyque. You can also dine in some top restaurants including Avobar where everything is made from Avocado and posh steakhouse, Flat Iron! Covent Garden is also famous for the best entertainment. Enjoy a West End show at one of London’s many theatres.
One night spend quality time at The Shard with the best views of London while dining or visit the open-air Skydeck located at the very top. Take a pick from different bars and restaurants including, Aqua Shard (31st floor), Oblix (32nd floor) or Gong (52nd floor). The glass building looks amazing from the outside just imagine how wonderful and luxurious it is inside. Especially at the five star elegant Shangri – La Hotel. It will make you feel like a queen.
Shoreditch is one of the upcoming and trendiest areas of London filled with fashionable bars and vintage culture. Last Days of Shoreditch is a very wacky and vibrant bar that only opens during winter and summer. During the hot weather the layout consists of sand, beach balls, sun decks and beach huts. It’s just like a day out to the beach, but with English weather unfortunately! The bars in Shoreditch are unique and very worth the try. Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge is a little lavish cocktail bar that has an Alice in Wonderland vibe to it. The décor is quirky and classy. They also have some of the best cocktails on offer.