London is an amazing European city break for shopping, theatre, nightlife, galleries and history. Whether it’s your first time seeing Big Ben, Harrods and Tower Bridge or your fifth, you’ll still find plenty to do in the city. Set up your Oyster card for the tube or Boris bike to move around London easily, then start your weekend break. London’s weather is best in summer from June to September. This is also peak festival and party season for the city. December is also a popular month to visit the capital for Christmas shopping, window displays and festive theatre.
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What to see in London
If it’s your first time in London, the London Eye is a perfect way to get to know the city without the crowds. Walking over Tower Bridge and getting pictures on the Thames is also a great way to see the city. Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral are key sights for anyone visiting the city interested in history. If it’s your second time around, why not check out the Saatchi Gallery, the flower markets on Colombia Road or Kensington Gardens? Families, couples and solo travellers can enjoy the award winning plays and musicals like Ghost, Wicked and The Lion King in London’s West End too.
Insider tip: take a chance and purchase tickets last minute from the Box Office for a good deal, or buy matinee tickets online.
Where to eat in London
London may be a UK city, but the culinary scene here is global. Brick Lane is where to go for a curry in London, and Borough Market is a daily food market packed to the rafters with local bakers, cheese mongers and grocers. There are multiple Michelin starred restaurants in London, including Gordon Ramsay and Alan Ducaisse (which have both been awarded 3).
When you’re looking for somewhere cheap to eat in London, street food is your friend: Box Park in Shoreditch has Thai, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, American BBQ joints and more in the old industrial containers.
It’s also very easy to eat healthily in London: Deliciously Ella’s Mae Deli has two branches, Beyond Bread is an entirely gluten free bakery and nama is a 100% raw food restaurant. Still hungry? These are 12 of the best restaurants in London.
Where to stay in London
Oxford Circus, Regent Street & Mayfair
This central location is ideal for weekend shopping trips to Soho, where you can find most high street stores.
Shoreditch, Dalston & East London
This is the hipster hood of London. Join the locals at the Breakfast Club and Colombia Road Flower Market on the weekend, and make sure you visit the vintage stores.
Aldgate & the City
Stay here if you’re in London for work, or you have an early reservation at the Duck & Waffle.
The south of the river is far more residential, but it’s usually one of the cheaper places to stay in London.
Kensington is home to the V&A and the Natural History Museum, thus it’s the best place to stay for trips centered around the museums in London.
Twickenham & Fulham
This is where to stay if you’re here to watch the rugby or football on London’s home turf.
This information is correct as of February 2017.