London is Always a Good Idea!

If you are looking for cities to visit in Europe or in this case close to Europe, you’re in the right place. Today I am going to give you suggestions on what to do in London for a weekend city break.

How to get to London

First of all, there are different airports in London: Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Luton and Stansted. London city is in the centre, whilst the others are outside of the city, but the most common airport that people fly to is Heathrow. Cheap flights usually arrive in Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, I suggest you go to Gatwick because it is the closest to the city, it takes you about 35 minutes with the Gatwick Express to get to Victoria station, which is located in the centre. If you arrive in Heathrow you can take the Heathrow Express and arrive directly to Paddington, although Paddington is far from the main attractions. Therefore, I suggest to take the tube (Piccadilly Line or Elizabeth Line) that takes you directly to the centre main attractions for only 6 GBP.

How to move around London

Now that you’ve arrived in London, how do you navigate this enormous city? You might think I’m crazy, but walking is the greatest way to navigate about London. Walking between the major sights in downtown London really lets you take in the stunning architecture and ambience of the city as they are all quite near to one another. If you don’t want to walk, London’s public transportation system is quite effective. Buses and the subway both run fairly often and cover almost all of downtown London.

To board buses and the tube, you may either purchase an Oyster travel card or use a contactless credit or debit card. Depending on the zone you travel to, you pay 1.50 GBP for the bus or 2.40 GBP and higher for the tube every ride.

TfL ( Transport For London) established a daily maximum of 7 GBP, which means that after three tube rides, you are not charged any more. In London, you can also get black cabs and ubers, however I personally only use them at night.


Day one 

I’d start off the day at Oxford Street, early in the morning because it gets very busy throughout the day. There, you will be able to do some high street shopping.

You may take a short stroll from Oxford Street to Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, and Oxford Circus. This is London’s answer to New York’s Times Square. It’s quite the spectacle with the large, vibrant billboards, numerous traffic crossings, street performers, and people.

London - phone boots

The vibrant Carnaby Street isa different route you may take; it runs parallel to Regent Street and, although being constantly crowded, is entirely pedestrian, making it a bit more comfortable to walk along.

It takes just a little distance to go to Leicester Square from Piccadilly Circus. When there are movie premieres in London, Leicester Square is the location that you always see on television. There are some really amazing movie theaters here, but if you’re just in London for two days, you definitely don’t want to spend too much time in a dimly lit theater. In Leicester Square, there are several fast-food restaurants, however they are usually overpriced and not so good.Leicester Square is within a 5-minute walk from Covent Garden, one of London’s most well-known locations. There are many hip stores, pubs, and eateries in Covent Garden‘s central covered area, known as the Apple Market, as well as a few touristic yet unique market booths.

You can then move to Westminster and admire the Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, which is on the other side of the river.

The London Eye is directly across the river and is easy to spot.

London - skyline

After this part of London, you might want to take the tube from Westminster and move to Tower of London (Tower Hill station). You could walk as well, but it takes around 40 minutes.

We have reached the final destination on this schedule for London, so don’t panic if you’re thinking that this is a lot to fit into one day. Sky Garden can be reached on foot in under ten minutes from Tower of London. Similar to the Shard Sky Garden, which is located on the other side of the river, it offers breathtaking views of London.

Day 2

On your second day in London, you will want to start your day at Portobello Market.

With adorable, colorful homes and a thriving market, Portobello is a charming neighborhood inLondon. Along with the usual street fare and tacky souvenirs, Portobello’s market and stores feature a variety of intriguing vintage items.

The lovely white homes in Notting Hill are just across the street from Portobello. It’s just a lovely region of London that you can stroll through for a while and appreciate the Victorian architecture of these lovely London streets; there isn’t one particular location that you really must visit.

London Bus station

After passing through Notting Hill, you will reach Hyde Park, the largest and most well-known park in downtown London. In the summer or on a beautiful day, you will see throngs of Londoners enjoying the warmth of the sun. You can take in the grandeur of the region by strolling about Kensington Palace and the Serpentine even in the dead of winter.

Established in 1824, the sizable department store Harrods sells a wide variety of goods. One thing to keep in mind is how costly Harrods is. Even though I wouldn’t advise purchasing anything there, I still believe it’s a nice spot to check out and roam about for a while, especially if it’s your first time visiting London and you just have two days.

In less than 20 minutes, you may walk from Harrods across Green Park to reach Buckingham Palace. The royal family’s house and administrative center is Buckingham Palace, located in London. If you arrive at the correct moment, you could also get to watch the changing of the guard at the gates of Buckingham Palace. The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are also accessible. It’s a highly entertaining and fascinating visit if you’re interested in history and the Royal Family!

If you find the time, perhaps at night I really suggest to go see a musical. London’s West End is renowned for its theaters and musicals.


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