48 Hours in … London
A true cosmopolitan and having some of the great cultural treasures, London is a place to start your European journey. Plan your 48 hours, may be a weekend, as this is when London comes to its own. Wake up early and explore everything the capital has to offer.
The First 24 Hours
Stay – It is start of the weekend and you will like to stay close to the action in Central London. Think about booking a stay at a hotel room in the city, somewhere near Bloomsbury or Holborn.
Eat – Start the day with a hearty English breakfast. Hotels such as The Montague on the Gardens, Grange St Paul’s, and others offer delicious breakfast in the morning. Enjoy eating some fresh fruits, croissants, whole-wheat bagels, and assorted muffins for a quick and healthy morning snack.
Visit – After breakfast, make your first stop at historic British Museum. Check out Egyptian mummies, Rosetta stone, Elgin Marbles, and a huge collection of ancient objects by culture, place, and material.
Drink – From there, walk down to Covent Garden around the piazza, and pop into the BB Bakery for some hot tea or coffee with three gourmand macaroons.
Visit – Visit London’s most famous historical sight, St Paul’s Cathedral. Step inside this iconic feature to enjoy its awe-inspiring interiors, and uncover its exciting history. Go on a touch screen multimedia tour or climb up to the Whispering Gallery, there are plenty of things to do at this ancient cathedral. You can even have 270° film experience – Oculus, which brings you 1400 years of history to life.
Eat – For lunch, head to The Restaurant at St Paul’s. Here eat some delicious sandwiches, a variety of cakes, scones with clotted cream, and a glass of English sparkling wine. From starters to main, sides and desserts, here you will get a sumptuous variety of meal in the afternoon.
Visit – Take a stroll straight to Trafalgar Square after lunch. There is often something going on here. From a food festival to a demonstration, you can take in the lively atmosphere here.
Evening – In the evening, head east to see newly opened Shard building, the tallest in Europe. Go up to The View from The Shard to see sunset from the top.
Dine and Wine – Oblix at The Shard is the best place to dine and wine together in London. This newly opened restaurant at Level 32 of Shard offers sophisticated, urban dining experience. There are both restaurant and bar lounge here, offering sumptuous food and wine menus. Live music also features in the bar.
24 Hours Later
Visit – Start the day with an early morning visit to London’s iconic attraction, Westminster Abbey, before the crowds arrive. It is a 700-year-old structure, where numerous important British figures have been buried.
Visit – Explore another royal sight, Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen of England. It is a quite impressive building, with royal State Rooms and other priceless artefacts. See some unique paintings, check out Throne Room, and walk the Grand Staircase.
Eat – For lunch head straight down to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park. Get an all day dining menu here, cooked in wood-fired oven, using best of seasonal ingredients. The classic Waldorf salad, wild mushroom, and sea trout with purple broccoli, all feature in its menu.
Visit – There is always lot happening in Hyde Park. So, after lunch take a stroll in the park, exploring the Serpentine Lido, The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and 7th July Memorial. You can even enjoy boating in pedal boats on Serpentine in Hyde Park.
Evening – In the evening, head for lively shops in Knightsbridge to buy something home. From lovely Harrods to Harvey Nichols, this London area welcomes people from all around the world. Buy anything from beauty products to clothing and souvenirs at these famous London shops.
Drink – Enjoying London’s nightlife is the best way to rap up your weekend. And, what’s better than walking into KOKO, where some famous celebs perform. British social life revolves around alcohol, and this nightclub serves everything on the rocks along with some groovy music.
Author’s Bio: Maddy travels deep and off-best, trying to connect the world through people. He has been writing for LondonHotels4u.com, a website to book online hotels in London.