So you’ve dropped off your bags at the Park Grand London Heathrow and you’ve got twenty four hours to experience a city which spans 1500 square kilometres. What do you do? With so much on offer in London, it’s often difficult to decide how to spend two weeks let alone twenty four hours. Here are just some of the ways in which you can squeeze in as much London as possible in your stopover trip.
As arguably the most important meal of the day it is important to kick off the compact twenty four hours in the big city with a good breakfast. London holds many great eateries so it’ll be hard to choose where to go for your full English. Bad Egg on the South Bank serves Mexican inspired eggs, pancakes, tacos and ribs, helping kick off your day with attitude. If Neon signage and a punk soundtrack isn’t your thing, then the Black Penny in Covent Garden is a great alternative, with a varied menu and calm atmosphere, this central café will have you wanting to stay through breakfast lunch and dinner.
The Newport Street Gallery
Tucked in the streets behind Elephant and Castle, this compact gallery offers six exhibition rooms, showcasing the best in contemporary artists. Recent exhibitions have included the work of Gavin Turk and Jeff Koons. If you fancy a snack or a drink then Damien Hirst, the founder of the gallery, has a pharmacy inspired restaurant on the top floor; great to look at even if breakfast has filled you up.
A walk through Shoreditch
Just a trip down the Northern line to Old Street, the South Bank offers a variety of sites including independent clothes and record shops, boutique coffee shops and street markets. Perfect to get an alternative experience to your everyday high street retailers. Be sure to check out Rough Trade East for those music aficionados and the Boxpark for fashion and sportswear retailers such as Nike and Dockers whilst Spitalfields Market could keep you occupied all day.
Lunch at J + A Cafe
When visiting a big city, sometimes it’s difficult to feel homely. That’s why J + A’s peaceful café located near to Old Street is the perfect place to spend your lunch time. Located in an old diamond cutting factory tucked away in a courtyard, this family-run café serves home-made stews, pies, sandwiches and cakes and even has a takeaway branch if you’re feeling strapped for time.
Visit one of London’s iconic museums
The Victorian and Albert, Science and Natural History museum are all located in the same square just off South Kensington underground station. Whatever you fancy, all three are within walking distance of each other and will provide fun for all the family.
An evening in Soho
With Chinatown just round the corner there are plenty of great opportunities for dinner as well as a wide range of bars and London Shows in the area. Whether you’re after dizzying West End musicals, forward thinking fringe theatre or a raucous comedy act, Soho has got it all, as well as a great range of bars and clubs before you make your way back to the hotels near Hounslow Central Station.