A weekend away to London is never going to be long enough. But don’t let that put you off going!
I recently went to London for the weekend and I managed to fit rather a lot in for my 2/3 days.
The best advice I can give: don’t try to fit everything in. It just won’t happen. I started off with a list of things we’d like to do and then narrowed that down to things we could ACTUALLY do.
This means losing a few of your own “must-do’s” but that just means you’ll have to book another trip soon, right?!
This post is going to show you what you can achieve in those 2-3 days.
My trip began on the Friday morning and ended on the Sunday evening – so technically my trip was 2 and a half days long but that’s not a good title.
Where to Stay in London: Accommodation – Location and Value
On my most recent trip we stayed at the Premier Inn in Victoria which was perfect!
Victoria, London is a perfect location for sourcing out those hot tourist spots like Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. The hotel itself was in close walking distance to many of these tourist attractions.
Premier Inns are seen as a more “budget” hotel choice, however it was perfect for what we needed. The room was spacious, comfortable and the breakfast was great. What more could you want for 2 nights?
Victoria Station was also within a close walking distance which was great for making our way around London. If you’ve only got 2 days then you want to spend as little time as possible travelling between your must-see sights!
TIP: If using the tube, download the Tube Map app and use “Route Planner” – this will help you find the quickest route to your destination.
What to do in London
We were checked in and ready to go by about 12pm. Victoria in particular had many bars and cafes around so it was easy for us to find somewhere to have a quick lunch before we got exploring.
Our first stop was Buckingham Palace where we then found out that Eamonn Holmes was getting an OBE – didn’t see him unfortunately! But we got to take a few photos of the gates and the palace itself. The palace is always busy but you should be able to get a good shot.
Next, we travelled on to Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. This was not too far away so we walked – the tube would have been quicker but the walk allows you to get that busy London feeling. Again, we took some photos and explored around a little bit. 10 Downing Street is also 5 minutes up one of the streets so we paid Mrs May a flying visit too.
After this, we took the tube to Oxford Street and headed down to Selfridges. We knew we were going to Westfield Shopping Centre the next day so Selfridges was the only shop we wanted to see here. If you’re not in London to shop then an alternative could be Madame Tussaud’s or the Sea Life Centre.
We decided to head back to the hotel after this where we chilled for a while before getting dinner at The Brougham in Victoria which did a GREAT pizza by the way!
As I mentioned above, this was Shopping Time!! We took the tube out to Sheppard’s Bush which is the closest tube station to Westfield – literally a one minute walk. This was my second time here and both times I was in amazement! It feels like you’re strolling through an American Mall – it’s that ginormous!
We stayed there until around 3pm. Like I said before, if you’re not in London to shop then there are many more things you could do. Perhaps the dungeons is more your thing? Or exploring a different area of London, like Camden?
After our shopping adventure, we headed back to the hotel to get ready and headed out for a meal. This time we went to a Wetherspoons along from the hotel.
We didn’t want to go to London and not see a show – cue Motown the Musical. This was showing in the Shaftesbury Theatre in Soho. This theatre was located at the top of Shaftesbury Avenue i.e. the theatre street.
We got the tube to Piccadilly Circus and then walked up so we could take in all of the sights on route. That street is incredible!
TIP: Piccadilly Circus is also where you will find the signature wall of lights and the area is fantastic at night!
Home time☹️ First on the list for Sunday was the London Eye. The view was unreal! It is a tad expensive (£26/person) but if you can afford it, it’s a great way to fill some time.
TIP: Pre-book your tickets! You still have to queue to get on but you don’t have to wait in line to buy the tickets – plus, you can save a bit of money doing it this way too!
We then took the tube to Harrods and had a stroll around there – another unbelievable place. I can’t even imagine what it looks like at Christmas time (if you have any pictures please let me know!!)
It was then time to grab a bite to eat and get ready to head back to Gatwick for our flight home.
I had such a great time in London – it’s definitely my favourite place in the UK. Every area feels like you’re in a different place and I love the fast pace of the city.
What do you like about London? Where should I go next time I’m there?
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