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!
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.
City of 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.
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.
The Tate Modern
The Tate Modern will make you repeat, yet again, “How can all these incredible museums possibly be free!?”
Shakespeare or Museum of Design
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).
Continue on to Borough Market and pick out a picnic lunch from the tangle of gourmet food stands under the old railway viaducts.
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