Flying or driving to London for a weekend break and thinking on how to visit this majestic city in just 2 days ?
I was lucky enough to stay in London for 22 months and proud to have been a tour guide to my mother on her visit to London.
Whenever I was off from University, I would normally go out, explore and get lost in the city and not to tell you how happy I was on finding my way back.
Here’s my plan for your weekend :
The very first thing is to buy a travel ticket for the weekend if you will be using public transport. You will get them from the airport or tube stations.
Day 1 :
If you leave your hotel around 9 am, Charing Cross station is your starting point. You can visit the National gallery(must for Art lovers) and have a photo session at Trafalgar Square which is a very popular place among tourists.
You can’t come to London and not visit the queen, isn’t it? While you can hop onto a tour bus, London is pretty much easy to visit on your own too. You can take a bus from Trafalgar Square (around 15 mins ride) to the Buckingham palace or you go via Green park for a little walk through the park.
Next you make your way to St James’ Park (my favourite garden) which is just two minutes walk from the palace. It is a must must visit for the views from the lake, the beautiful faun and fauna.
Walking a little more in the city of Westminster, you will find the great bell of London, you got it, it is Big Ben. Red phone boots, London double Decker bus, Big Ben and the parliament in the background, this place is very much picturesque.
And you finish the day with a nice dinner.
Day 2 :
Find your way till St Paul Church. Take a moment to just look at how beautiful everything around you is.
While you are there, look for my secret place. It is the Roof Terrace of One New Change building for a spectacular view over London.
Next is a 5 mins walk to the Millennium Bridge, this is a popular shooting location for movies. You can also check out the Tate Modern(a modern art gallery, I didn’t visit this one but you can easily locate it from the bridge).
Your next visiting place is Borough Market which is one of London’s oldest market for some delicious food. All these places are pretty much close to each other. This aligns with Lunch time, have some food there or stop by a place for Lunch, don’t starve! there’s a lot more to see.
A stroll is more than perfect post lunch. Have a nice walk at your ease along the London Bridge passing over the Tower Bridge (They say if you are lucky enough you might see the Tower Bridge open and close, I did hehe).
Next on the list is the Tower of London. I’ve never been inside but if you have enough time on hand and not a long waiting list, you can have a paid tour of this UNESCO Heritage Site. An adult ticket costs £25.
We finish the area with a little visit to the St Katharine Dock and Pier which is on the opposite.
The last place on your itinerary for today is Westfield Stratford Mall. The afternoon/evening is entirely yours.
Why head to Westfield? It is one of the largest urban shopping centres in Europe.
– Food (Dinner)
– Coffee Break
And that’s it, get to your hotel a little bit early, pack your stuffs. It’s time to leave this pretty city.
See you soon London!