London is an incredible city with so much to offer, so it is pretty impossible to see all of it in one weekend. However, to get you started, here are some of our favourite ways to spend a weekend in London!
After checking into your hotel, head over to Soho for a fun-filled Friday night in the heart of London! Soho is full of amazing restaurants; try out Ceviche for some incredibly tasty Peruvian food and a party atmosphere, or if you’re looking to splurge a little more on dinner try the inventive dishes at the Social Eating House, which also has a fancy cocktail bar upstairs called the Blind Pig. After dinner, celebrate your arrival in London with cocktails at the quirky London Underground-themed cocktail bar, Cahoots – but you will need to book in advance! Otherwise, head to Aqua Koyoto for drinks and a beautiful rooftop view of London!
The best way to spend a Saturday morning like a Londoner is to stroll around one of London’s many food markets, like Borough Market in London Bridge. Located a stone’s throw from the Shard, Borough Market is full of amazing food stalls where you can pick up something delicious for breakfast on the go… and maybe some snacks for later!
You can’t go to London without visiting a few of the hundreds of museums and galleries. If you walk from Borough Market over the Millennium Bridge, you will get a beautiful view of the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral straight ahead and London Bridge and the Tower of London to your right, which are all worth a visit if you get time. From here take a trip to the British Museum, one of London’s best and biggest museums. Alternatively, head over to South Kensington where you will have your pick of The Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Science Museum.
If you still have room for a late lunch after eating your way around Borough Market, stroll from The British Museum over to Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden for something healthy at the Wild Food Café. Or, if you’re in more of a ‘treat yourself’ mood (go on, you’re on vacation!) head next-door to Homeslice for an enormous pizza with inventive toppings!
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There is so much to do on a Saturday night in London. Theatre fans should head to the West End to try and catch last-minute theatre tickets to one of the amazing shows. If theatre isn’t your thing but you still want to see some great entertainment, try the Top Secret Comedy Club and see if you can get to grips with British humour! Alternatively, book a table at Sushisamba in Heron Tower for some incredible Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian fusion dining and a panoramic view over the capital.
If you want to carry on your evening into the small hours, head over to East London where you’ll find a great party atmosphere. Bring out your inner child at the newly opened Ballie Ballerson, a giant adult ball pit bar that serves cocktails using retro English confectionary such as Dip Dabs and Wham Bars.
Kick off your Sunday with a delicious brunch at Greenberry in Primose Hill. They offer all sorts of breakfasts from porridge or pancakes to a full English or eggs royale (and much more!). Afterwards, walk it off with a stroll through Regent’s Park and up Primrose Hill where you will be greeted with a beautiful view across London at the top.
Another brunch alternative is the amazing bottomless brunch at the Bourne and Hollingsworth buildings. From there, wander through pretty Exmouth Market.
There’s no better way to finish off your trip to London than by doing some window shopping (or actual shopping for that matter). If you’re prepared to deal with the crowds of tourists, head to London’s iconic Oxford Street to hit the shops, and check out Selfridges on Bond Street. If not, go to Brick Lane for some great vintage shopping before heading back to pack your (now probably very full) suitcase!