London is one of the busiest cities in the world and there is no shortage of things to do in London on a weekend. In fact a weekend is simply not enough to cover one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. If you are visiting London from abroad or are a local and fancy a weekend out in the heart of England’s capital, here are the best places to visit that will give you a true taste of London City!
One of the symbols of London is the Royal Family, so there is no better place to start other than their residence, namely Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace was built over three centuries ago and is a true representation of the history, heritage and culture of London. Many official events and receptions are held by The Queen here and visitors can take a tour of the palace themselves for a small fee. There is no shortage of things to see. In total there are 775 rooms in the Palace, 78 bathrooms and 92 offices! Although this seems like quite a bit, it is much needed as more than 50,000 people visit the Palace annually. Buckingham Palace is the hub of London, you cannot leave without seeing it!
The London Eye is also known as the Millennium Wheel and it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel up until 2006 but remains the largest in Europe. If you want to see London in its entirety, the peak of the Eye is a sight to behold and for an even better experience, the best time to hop on is during the night where you can see London decorated with beautiful lights! As you take a spin on the wheel, you’ll be able to witness the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf and so much more all within half an hour. The London Eye is not only good for a quick but comprehensive view of London but brilliant for taking pictures!
Where’s the best place to see all your favourite celebrities under one roof? Ok, we admit, they’re made out of wax but it’s a pretty good alternative. Madame Tussauds is a wax museum that houses a whole host of celebrities that are incredibly symmetrical to their real life counterpart. There are 14 different sections in the museum including Hollywood and Bollywood superstars, Royals, sport stars, musicians and world leaders. What’s more is that you’ll also have an opportunity to get a sneak peek into how a wax sculpture is made!
Better put on some comfortable walking shoes, London is home to many diverse markets. We simply could not single out one as it would be an injustice on the others. Choose depending on your fancy, London markets sell almost everything from food, flowers and antiques to clothes. For the best in antique clothing give Alfie’s Antique Market a visit or alternatively for some of the freshest produce go to Borough Market. Bricklane and Broadway market are also very good to pick up a quick bargain and, lastly, a mention to Camden Market, which is home to over 100 shops and stalls! In all honestly, you could spend an entire week, let alone a weekend, visiting the markets London has on offer!
Natural History Museum
Nothing is free in life…except the Natural History Museum. Yes, you read correctly, take yourself and your kids on a free entry that is full of exciting and memorable exhibits including the dinosaur museum and human biology. It’s best to get here as early as possible, the atmosphere and magic can get a little lost once it gets crowded. Also, as you’re here, you might as well check out the Science Museum next door!
Tour the political scene
Still have a little bit of walking in you? Last but not least, we suggest you take a stroll down Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, walk past and take a look at Big Ben at Westminster and Number 10 Downing Street. After you’re done at Westminster, take a trip across River Thames to go and see London Dungeon. Alternatively, you can pass by Westminster Abbey to St James Park for walk back to where we started, Buckingham Palace!