Identifying the guide to a perfect day in London is the Holy Grail as far as guides are concerned! London is a vast multicultural city and there is something to do for everybody and so encapsulating a single perfect day is a difficult task. Here is the Beirut Nights version of the perfect day in London…
The best place to start off your day in London is South Kensington. Here you are presented with an option of three different museum, namely the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums, respectively. As we’ve only got a day to work with, you might not get a chance to visit and exhaust all three. The first option is to swiftly browse through all three to get the best of both (or three) worlds. The second option, more recommended, is to pick the museum you’re most likely to enjoy. The Natural History Museum is fascinating and will be an interesting visit for all ages, however if you have children with you, we’d go for the Science Museum because it has many jaw dropping exhibitions including the red zone where volcanic eruptions take place or the human biology gallery. For something more culturally embedded, the Victoria and Albert Museum is a great exhibition of design, art and fashion.
If you happen to finish early at the museums, Knightsbridge is just around the corner so head on off there to a visit flagship stores such as Harrods and Hamleys and grab yourself or a loved one a little souvenir!
You’ll find that St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace are just around the corner where you can engage in a spot of sightseeing. St James’s Park is one of the royal parks of London and the eldest of the 8 royal parks London as to offer and includes a whole host of activities such as wildlife scenery and landmark icons; The Mall and Horse Guards. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the history behind the many monuments within the vicinity of the park or hire a deck chair for a relaxing picnic.
Although you’re unlikely to see the Queen, Buckingham Palace is a sight to behold as is the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
As midday beckons, you have another decision to make. If you fancy a boat ride, take a ride down the Thames to Tower Bridge or, alternatively, you have the option of walking across Westminster Bridge to the South Bank. There are advantages of both. You’ll stumble across Tate Modern on the walking journey so pop in to view the art gallery. On the boat ride you’ll enjoy a running commentary about all the sights you pass throughout the journey. The end result is the same, you end up at the famous Tower Bridge!
As the afternoon runs its course there will be an opportunity for a bit of shopping at Borough Market, one of many markets in London or visit the tallest building in Europe, the Shard. The view of London from the peak of the Shard is a sight to behold. The Shard also houses a whole host of restaurants, a hotel and a new retail environment is coming very soon!
If you’re spending the day in the London during the winter, the chances are it is getting quite dark now. From the Shard take a short walk to London Bridge station on the Jubilee Line and get off at Waterloo tube station to visit the London Eye, the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe. Book a tour on the Eye, which lasts around 45 minutes. The unique aspect of taking a ride during the night time is that you’ll witness London glittered in glorious lights!
Once you have finished on the London Eye, you can take a walk and visit a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Golden Hinde.
After such a long and exciting day exploring London, no doubt you’ll want a highly enjoyable and satisfying dinner. As you’re making your away out of central London, take a stop at the Beirut Nights on Abbey Road for the best in the Lebanese cuisine and shisha! Our warm and friendly staff combined with our delicious food is the perfect way to conclude your perfect day in London.