You might think it crazy trying to get anywhere near a taste of London in just a single weekend. There are so many things to do in the city that it can often feel like you’ve barely scratched the surface, even in a two week stay. This may partly be down to the fact that in hotels like the Montcalm at the Brewery London City you’ll find it hard to leave your luxurious bed, but there are ways that you can get a true taste of London in just a short space of time. Below we have mapped out a few ways you could spend your weekend to get a true sense of the city.
If you’re arriving on Friday afternoon take some time to decompress and check out the awesome amenities at The Montcalm At The Brewery London City or whichever hotel you find yourself in, before exploring the sights and sounds of the city. One great way to spend your Friday night and not tire yourself out too much for the weekend ahead is to book some tickets for one of the many performances that take place every night in the city. This could be a musical at one of the many West End Theatres or a comedy show at the countless comedy clubs or a piece of off west end theatre. There are countless areas to choose but if you end up somewhere like the Soho Theatre you can find China Town nearby for a cheap spot of dinner before or after the show.
Saturday Museum morning in South Kensington
Early on Saturday morning is probably the best time to try and beat the crowds for London’s museums. What’s more, many of them are free and therefore take your pick from the Museum row bunch. The Science Museum has many interactive exhibitions which are great for kids, as does the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum gives a great account of the history of design and textiles.
Shopping in Covent Garden and Oxford Street
After this, take some time to relax and head central for a spot of shopping in Oxford Street and Covent Garden, two of the most popular shopping destinations in Europe. If you don’t fancy flashing that cash for the glad rags then try one of the many great cafes in the West End area for lunch. Many of the flagship high street fashion stores are located on Oxford Street including Topshop, H&M and Zara.
Night on the town
If just with friends or with a partner then Saturday night is a great time to hit up the fashionable party hot spots of London. Try Soho for a great gay scene, Dalston and Hackney Wick for the best club nights and Shoreditch for a plethora of live music and bars.
Get some brunch on Sunday morning from one of the many Sunday markets in London. Try Brixton for some cultural cuisine from the large Jamaican community in the area as well as vintage clothes stalls whilst Spitalfield’s market has the best in independent food stalls. Other notable markets include Portobello, Borough and Broadway.
Southbank for lunch
Head to the South Bank on the river Thames for a great view of the river and great views of the city. Here you’ll also find the British Film Institute, Natinal Theatre and South Bank Centre, making it very much a cultural hub with terrace bars and restaurants to match.
End your weekend stay with a trip to one of London’s historical sites. Take a trip to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels or to Hyde Park and Green Park for a great view of Buckingham Palace and some of the most iconic memorials, statues and fountains in London.