London is the capital of what used to be the largest empire in human history. At its height, the British empire spanned all across the globe, taking a claim on each almost each of the world’s continents. Visiting London today proves to provide one of the best city breaks in Europe, with the Tower of London, London Eye, historic monuments, amazing shopping and plenty of places to party making it a weekend away for everyone.
Looking for somewhere to stay in London? These hotels make a great weekend pad.
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How to get around London
London is a large city, so it’s recommended that you use the Underground or buses to get from place to place. You can purchase a day pass if you’re only here for 24 hours, or buy an Oyster card. Oyster cards can be topped up in bus and underground stations, and used on the trains, buses or Underground. You can also rent out Boris bikes at many stations around the city.
Weather in London
The best weather in London usually occurs around late summer, when the temperature stays in the low twenties. This is also the driest and sunniest time in London. The coldest weather occurs in January, and you’ll usually have spring showers in February, March and April.
What’s on in London
Whether you’re here for rugby in Twickenham, a girls weekend in hipster Shoreditch, a weekend of shopping on Oxford Street or you want to catch a play in one of the theatres, this city is perfect for a weekend break.
Start off by getting a bird’s eye view of the city at the London Eye, from there you will likely see something that will catch your eye. If you are a history buff you will find yourself drowning with options, including the Globe Theatre, Big Ben, and the Churchill War Rooms. Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see royal attractions too. If none of these options interest you, you might want to check out the local Science Museum, take an elevator to the top of the Shard (87 floors high, and home to an amazing restaurant), or have a nice picnic with the family at Regent’s Park.
Where to eat and drink in London
Head to Carnaby Street for London’s best street food and well-known names like the Detox Kitchen, Pho and Carnaby Burger Co. These are all good restaurants close to the theatre district too. There are plenty of cheap places to eat around Shoreditch, especially if you’re wandering around Box Park, and Borough Market is the place to go for fresh produce, just-glazed doughnuts and locally-made cheese too. The best skyscraper restaurants in London offer amazing food, an elegant experience and a great view.
When it comes to drinking, you can choose from 5 floor clubs, rooftop bars or traditional pubs – here are some of our favourites.