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London breaks will whisk you away to some of the world’s most famous landmarks and historical attractions, from Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge to the West End and the London Eye. This vibrant capital city is at once contemporary and steeped in history, making it the perfect city break destination. You’ll be free to head up the Shard for a rooftop cocktail, shop ‘til you drop on Oxford Street, or explore Trafalgar Square and the House of Parliament. London city breaks make a brilliant weekend away for everyone.
Best time to visit: Want warmer days? Book your London breaks for summer (June to mid-September). Winter is much chillier, but it’s a magical place to be at Christmas time, when you can expect markets galore.
Heathrow (LHR) is about 20 miles from the city centre
Eat and drink your way around London’s culinary hot spots and walk it off in one of the many parks in and around the city. Take a trip through History in the Victoria and Albert museum and finish it all off with a shopping spree down Oxford Street.
From authentic Indian curries and traditional Bagels in Brick lane to spectacular Chinese dishes in China Town, London boasts a rich and diverse food scene. Foodies will be in their absolute element here, whether you’re soaking up the atmosphere in Borough Market, enjoying a fish and chips in a traditional London pub, or splashing the cash in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Don’t forget to make a proper toast with a British tipple; take your pick from a pint or a gin and tonic.
We love the hustle and bustle of the capital, but it can be nice to take a breather during your London breaks and slow things down a bit. Take a stroll through of many parks in and around the city, like Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Victoria Park; in summer, why not pack a picnic and bring it along? There’s also Richmond Park, which is home to more than 600 roaming deer, and a great place to hire a rowing boat or hop aboard a river boat and float along the Thames.
For all you eager shoppers, London breaks certainly won’t disappoint. Oxford Street is one of the most famous highlights, with its long parade of high-street favourites. Over in the West End, you’ll find charming Covent Garden and plenty of designer stores to explore. If you’re on the hunt for one-off vintage items and antiques, Portobello Road Market should be your top priority.
Expand your knowledge of history by visiting the museums in London. From fossils and ancient relics at the Natural History Museum in Kensington, to the history of modern art at the Tate Modern, they’re all ready and waiting for you to explore. There’s no entry charge for most museums, which is especially good news if you’re on a tight budget.
London’s landmarks are abundant and truly give this city the perfect balance of old and new. The historical Big Ben and Houses of Parliament are a mere stone’s throw from the London Eye, and from here, you can see the entire city from a bird’s eye view. Head over to Trafalgar Square to see the tremendous Nelson’s Column, before taking a walk from here to the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus.
Culture vultures: The museums are free to visit, you’ll find art galleries at every turn, and the West End is alive with theatres and shows. Cultural exploration in the city is virtually endless.
Shoppers: Shops galore on Oxford Street, luxury shopping on Bond Street, hidden gems in the backstreets; all this and more makes this the shopping capital of Europe, making London breaks ideal for a shop of retail therapy.
Foodies: London is a haven for food lovers, with something to suit every taste. Head to Carnaby Street for fantastic street food, tuck in at a traditional London pub, or splash out at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The choice is yours.
Language: The language spoken here is English.
Currency: The currency used is the Pound Sterling (£).
Fly to: Heathrow (LHR) is about 20 miles from the city centre.
Tourist Information: Further London tourist information can be found at http://www.visitlondon.com/.
Visa & health: Visit www.gov.uk for recommendations and advice on visas and health ahead of London city breaks.
Temperature: The average maximum temperature in summer is around 22°C, while winter temperatures average 5°C.
Best time to visit: For warmer days, visit London in summer (from June to mid-September).
London has a temperate climate, with cold winters and warmer summers. Be sure to bring your brolly, as rain can be expected at any time.
By train: The London Underground and Overground trains will get you all around the busy city for an affordable price.
By bus: Explore the city by taking a red bus; they’re efficient, on time and can take you almost anywhere. You can also book a spot on a tour bus, and get on or off as you wish.
By bicycle: Boris Bikes can be found all around the city. It’s quick and easy to hire them, and your first 30 minutes are absolutely free.
New Year’s Day Parade: Timing London city breaks with New Year means you can experience one of the buzziest times of year in the capital. Thousands of performers from all over the world gather here to celebrate the New Year in the streets of London.
Notting Hill Carnival: The streets of Notting Hill transform into a colourful carnival for three days every August. Expect performances and costumes everywhere you look, and plenty of singing and dancing in the streets.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show: For five days in May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea transform into a magnificent garden show, attracting people from far and wide. Tickets are cheaper if you buy in advance.
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