As one of the most popular cities in the world, London is a great place for a quick and easy weekend getaway. You’ll be able to take in the sights, visit a museum or two, do some shopping and enjoy a pub lunch – all in just 48 hours!
Places to Stay
London is the largest city in Western Europe, with a population of over 8 million people and 32 official boroughs. In Central London, there are several districts, including the well-known areas of Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Soho, Westminster and the City of London itself. A bit further out are Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Shoreditch and Hoxton.
There are millions of places to stay in this cosmopolitan city, depending on your budget and what you want to see. For a luxurious stay, try the West End in areas like Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus – it’s the main theatre area and in the heart of the city. Paddington offers quaint family-run establishments right on Hyde Park, Notting Hill is home to Portobello Road and has a mix of boutique hotels, Knightsbridge boasts Edwardian town houses and gastronomic restaurants and the South Bank is close to the London Eye and Tower Bridge.
Attractions and Things to Do
Aside from the usual London Eye, Big Ben, Hyde Park and the Tower of London, there are plenty of other cultural attractions. It’s worth visiting some of the city’s museums, especially the Tate Modern and British Museum. Royal watchers should stop by Buckingham Palace for the traditional Changing of the Guards and Westminster Abbey where Prince William married Kate Middleton. Regents Park is a nice alternative to Hyde Park as it’s right near London Zoo and there are plenty of cafes and bars around the surrounding streets. Pick up souvenirs at the iconic Harrods department store, shop your favourite stores on Oxford Street and head down Portobello Road for a few bargains. Head to a quintessential English pub like the Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden, or the Dog and Duck in Soho, and then finish the night with dinner and a show on West End.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
London’s weather is similar to the rest of southern Britain – mild, warm summers and chilly winters. Rain is unfortunately frequent, with an average of 2 rainy days out of 10 in summer. The average high in July is 24C, while winters can get frosty and snowy, particularly in January and February.