5 iconic sights and attractions you can see in just one day from The Shaftesbury Collection hotels

london attractions near shaftesbury

London is a city filled with incredible sights and attractions, and many of them can be seen in the space of just one day through either walking around the city or utilizing London’s advanced public transport system.  Here’s our top picks for destinations to visit during your time in the capital…

The Shard

The Shard

If it’s magnificent views you’re after, then you need to head for the view from the Shard, a very special attraction which allows visitors to witness a panoramic view of the city whilst enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne. High above London, you’ll be treated to views unlike anywhere else in the city, all within exceptionally lavish surroundings. The large windows leave your view unimpeded, and this is sure to impress guests at the Grand Royale Hyde Park.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster abbey

One of London’s most famous buildings, Westminster Abbey is certainly iconic. In addition to being the site of Royal weddings, it has also been used for coronations – and the abbey itself also features the tombs of many significant figures from history including Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Spending some time in the Abbey will be a bit like stepping back in time, and is perfect for history-loving visitors to London and the Grand Royale Hyde Park.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

A visit to the Globe Theatre is on many a London tourist’s must-see list, and it’s easy to see why. As well as having plenty of appeal synonymous with Shakespeare, there are still lots of plays performed here. This gives you a chance to really engage with this most unique of attractions in the city of London to further enhance your experience staying within the Shaftesbury Hotel Collection.

London Eye

London eye

A giant Ferris wheel in a prime location beside the Thames, the London Eye was created to commemorate the new millennium, and it has since seen millions of visitors from both the UK and overseas flock to take a turn on this most impressive of tourist attractions. Each viewing ‘pod’ is spacious enough for up to 25 people, and you could take some great photos mid-trip. The London Eye moves at a gentle, leisurely pace – leaving you plenty of time to take it all in and enjoy the view.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

What trip to London is complete without checking out Buckingham Palace? Time constraints might mean you don’t have time to enjoy one of the tours, or view the Changing of the Guard – but you’ll certainly be able to enjoy taking a closer look at the exterior of this majestic palace. Home to the Queen and the seat of the British Monarchy, it’s one of the most supremely British locations in all of the UK – and therefore definitely a sight to be ticked off your list of must-see locations during your 24 break in the capital city.