One of the major problems with London is that there’s too much to see. The Park Grand London Heathrow is great for a London break due to the handy travel network into central London and the fact that the Piccadilly line runs 24 hours a day over weekends. But with so much on offer it’s hard to select just a few things. Below you will find a list of some of the best things to do in London over a 48 hour period, giving you the essence of London as a whole. One thing’s for sure, you better be ready for a whole lot of activity and not a lot of sleep!
The London Eye
Made up of 32 Ovoidal and air conditioned passenger capsules this is one of the most popular ways to see London from high up. With a rotation lasting half an hour, the London Eye can give you a stunning view of the river Thames as well as ample time to get some good photos. You can even order champagne for your journey. If you start you trip with a go on the London Eye, you might even catch a glimpse of a few landmarks for you to visit next. On top of this, the nearby South bank hosts a range of restaurants and bars for when lunch time comes around.
The Tate Modern
Also situated on the river bank very close to Blackfriars station is the Tate Modern art gallery. Situated in a huge converted hangar, the Tate Modern holds one of the largest collections of British art spanning from 1900 through to the modern day. There are always ticketed temporary exhibitions but the permanent exhibitions are free to go to. At the Tate Modern you can find works by the likes of Picasso, Robert Delaunay and Paul Klee.
If the weather permits it, take a trip down to Hyde Park, one of London’s Royal Parks and hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake. Flocked with aquatic bird life and some monumental statues and memorials, Hyde Park is great for a brisk walk alone or with the family. The Princes Diana Memorial playground will keep children entertained whilst the surrounding café’s and monuments will hold enough to keep all adults occupied.
Just off of Hyde Park and Green Park, Buckingham Palace is one landmark you have to get a glimpse of if in London. The home to the royal family, the Palace can often be toured if organised in advance. There’s also the changing of the guard, the time when the red suited and stoic palace guard march from their posts.
The glitzy Leicester Square is a hub for tourists. If you can brave the crowds check out the shining lights and countless cinemas and West End Theatre’s in the area. Once you’ve sampled Leicester Square, move forward into the depths of Soho and China town to sample the night time buzz of London’s West End.