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A Three-Day Weekend in London

To say that London is a sizable city is to adopt the infamous British tendency for understatement. London is bloody massive. The central knot of museums, historical sights, shopping, and entertainment stretches along the Thames from the City of London (yes, a city within a city) through the West End to Westminster. The luxurious residential neighborhoods of Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, and Marylebone lie to the north and west. Add in the university neighborhood of Bloomsbury and the culturally prominent South Bank, and you’ve got the whole of central London in a nice package. Though there is so much to do and see, it is not impossible to the best of London in the span of a long weekend! We’ve strategized the best plan to squeeze in all the key experiences into a three day weekend in London. So go grab your umbrella because it’s time to head to London!

DAY ONE:

Bloomsbury

The British Museum Three Day Weekend in London

Head to Bloomsbury for two of London’s best sights. The British Museum exhibits the spoils of hundreds of years of empire, including such famous pieces as the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. Don’t miss it.

Have yourself an exceedingly English lunch at Newman Arms. Just 15min. away is the British Library, where you can see everything from the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s First Folio to Beethoven’s tuning fork and the original, handwritten lyrics to “A Hard Day’s Night.” If you’re a Harry Potter fan, King’s Cross Station is next door.

West London

Shepherd’s Bush Market Three Day Weekend in London

Take the Tube into West London, and wander through the veritable World’s Fair that is Shepherd’s Bush Market for a taste of the city’s ethnic diversity. For even more of a taste, head to Sufi for the best Persian food in London.

DAY TWO:

City of London

St. Paul's Cathedral Three Day Weekend in London

Start your second day with London’s classic sights, clustered around the city’s historical core, the City of London. Try stepping inside St. Paul’s Cathedral without exclaiming the Lord’s name in vain. Climb to the top of the dome for an excellent view over the city’s rooftops. Stroll through The Temple, an incredible architectural hodgepodge best seen on the labyrinthine paths through the complex. Take a gander at the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, but don’t bother paying to go inside.

Westminster

Big Ben Three Day Weekend in London

Have some lunch at Clerkenwell Kitchen or City Càphê, then head down the river toward Westminster. Snap the requisite pictures of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, then spend some time admiring the spiritual center of London, Westminster Abbey.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Three Day Weekend in London

Walk through St. James’s Park to Buckingham Palace then cross the river for a dinner at Pie Minster followed by cocktails at The Hide.

West End

West End Three Day Weekend in London

If you’re not already asleep on your feet, continue on to a blues show at Ain’t Nothin’ But or dancing at The Borderline, both in the West End.

DAY THREE:

The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern Three Day Weekend in London

The Tate Modern will make you repeat, yet again, “How can all these incredible museums possibly be free!?”

Shakespeare or Museum of Design

Shakespeare's Globe Theater Three Day Weekend in London

While you’re in the neighborhood, choose whether you’re more interested in design or Shakespeare (a tricky decision, we know) and visit either the Museum of Design or Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (if you’re here in the summer, try catching a 2:30pm matinee).

Borough Market

Borough Market Three Day Weekend in London

Continue on to Borough Market and pick out a picnic lunch from the tangle of gourmet food stands under the old railway viaducts.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Three Day Weekend in London

Make your way to Trafalgar Square and conclude your museum tour of London with the National Gallery.

West End

West End Three Day Weekend in London

Get some dinner at Shibuya, then bid farewell to London with a wild night out at the many excellent clubs in the West End.

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  1. I’m loving all the information on London right now… the last time I was there was in 2008 so I would love to go back again! This itinerary would be the perfect three day weekend.

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