London is the quintessential tourist city. From the broad variety of amazing shopping districts, cultural attractions and city entertainment hot spots, you’ll always find something to elevate your London trip. But with more than 1500 square kilometres, 32 boroughs and countless more districts to explore, you’ll never be able to tick off everything you wanted to see and do during a weekend stay at one of our Shaftesbury Hotels.
That being said, organizing your trip and focussing on some of the key spots to explore will make a first-time visit to the UK capital not only more fruitful and efficient but far more memorable too. Below is just one way you could approach your weekend visit to London, ensuring you get a fully rounded view of the city and its attractions.
Assuming you’re arriving on a Friday evening, you’ll be just in time for the city’s weekend excitement to kick off. If you’re not too tired from the trip, these exciting Friday night opportunities could really give you a first taste of the London lifestyle.
Kick-off with a West End Show
This might require a little booking ahead before you touch down in London, but diving right into the London culture scene is a great way of getting a flavour of the city. Whether it’s a comedy or cabaret show at the Soho Theatre, a classy evening at the Royal Opera House or a classic family-friendly musical at one of the many West End theatres, you can find plenty of cheap tickets online with enough advance booking.
Explore the London Night Life
After your evening of live performance, why not get a taste of the London nightlife with a journey through the West End bars and entertainment venues of the West End? With guests at the Hyde Park International being ideally placed for nighttime wandering, you could pop out for a quick dip into the London nightlife before a well-earned rest.
If you’re really looking for a late-night out, East London is the place to see. With a whole range of amazing club nights and DJ sets, East London’s Shoreditch, Hackney and Dalston areas will never disappoint when it comes to unique experiences.
South East London
From Brixton to Peckham, the broad variety of events taking place in South East London offer some of the best spots in the city for reggae, house music and live acts
Though many places can be tourist traps, Central London is home to some of the best spots in London for traditional pubs and buzzing tourist bars. If the more niche areas of London don’t fit the bill, then try Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho or the Southbank.
This is your first day of Londonexcitement, so it’s best to get it off bright and early. If you haven’t been exploring the London nightlife the night before then you’ll no doubt want to set off before the afternoon rush. If you’re not indulging in the home comforts of rooms at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, then you’ll no doubt want to get out there and explore the city.
Hotel breakfasts can be a brilliant way to really start your weekend off with a bang. As part of our London Holiday packages, we promise some of the best all-inclusive English breakfasts, continental buffets a dizzying range of English teas and coffees in the city. You’ll definitely feel energised after a Shaftesbury breakfast, that is if you can wake up early enough.
Start your day off with a walk around Hyde Park. Seeing as it is so central and easy to reach for guests at central London hotels, Hyde Park eclectic range of tourist sights and attractions will no doubt bring many visitors to the park. If you’re on the lookout for amazing art museums, a beautiful lake and historic royal estates, then Hyde Park is the best place to start your Saturday.
Or Kensington Museum Row
London’s weather is temperamental, so if outside walks are off the table, then try another attraction in the vicinity of West London. The West London Museum Row is one of the best-known cultural sites in the city and comprises of three free to visit museums. The Natural History, Victoria and Albert and Science Museums are interactive, history-filled and family-friendly institutions that explore everything from the formation of the earth to modern airplanes.
An evening on the South Bank
Whether it’s with a film at the British Film Institute, a play at the National Theatre or a sampling of the art at the Tate Modern, no first time trip to London is complete without a walk along the glorious South Bank.
Sunday is the perfect day to enjoy London like a local, below are just some of the places you can visit on the last day of the week to really get a feel of the London lifestyle.
East London Brunch
East London is the perfect area of the city to find a bite to eat in the morning. If you’ve missed the breakfasts at your hotel, then head on down to the many cafes of Shoreditch and London Fields for a very English Sunday before venturing further into local life.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Every Sunday morning and early afternoon, Columbia Road Flower Market promises a quintessentially London flower market that promises everything from English roses to house plants and succulents.
If its food and antiques you’re after in East London, then Broadway Market is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. With food and fashion markets alongside East End boozers and chippies, Broadway Market, just off of London Fields is a very London way to spend a Sunday.
Alternatively, Portobello Market in West London is a Notting Hill based antiques and vintage market based on the historic Portobello Road. Just like Broadway Market, this offers a fine selection of British boutique wear alongside jewellery and antiques.