One of the most bustling cities in the world, London is packed with things to see and do- from beautiful historical landmarks and museums to energetic nightlife. You could spend a lifetime in London and still not scratch the surface, but if you’re spending a weekend in the capital this itinerary will give you a good idea of all the sights and sounds you need to experience.
Whatever your age, whether you’re travelling alone or spending time with a friend or loved one, these are the essential activities for the ultimate 48 hours in London.
You’ll need a place to stay. As with any other trip, choosing the right place to stay is imperative to enjoying your time in London. You’ll want somewhere affordable with easy access to all the places you want to visit, so how about a hotel in the city?
Grab some breakfast
You’ll want to start your first full day in the capital right, and that means getting a good breakfast. London has a wide array of world-class cafés, some of the best in the world. For a full English, why not check out The Regency Café, which has been a staple of Westminster since 1946. Or if you just somewhere quiet to watch the world go by, the family-run Bar Italia in Soho offers authentic Italian coffee and outdoor seating.
Visit the bustling markets of Camden Town
Camden Town is one of the more unique districts in London- a vibrant mix of local markets, alternative music and culture, and a friendly, diverse community. Visit the famous Camden markets, shop for vintage antiques, or just take in the atmosphere. Camden Town is a must for anyone looking for a unique slice of London life.
Visit a museum
London has so many world-renowned museums that you won’t be able to see all of them in just one weekend. But a trip to the capital wouldn’t be complete without taking in some of the finest museums in the world. If you can only visit one, the British Museum has thousands of fascinating artifacts from all over the world, and admission is free (although you are encouraged to make a donation).
Head to Shoreditch and have dinner at an award-winning restaurant
Take the tube over to Shoreditch and take your pick of the many fantastic restaurants on offer. From Michelin-starred seafood to flavours from around the world and even a motorcycle club/restaurant, you’re sure to find something you’ll love here.
Visit iconic London landmarks
Of course, any trip to London wouldn’t be complete without seeing many of the iconic landmarks. Historical buildings like Buckingham Palace, awe-inspiring architecture like the Shard or beautiful natural parks like Hyde Park- there are so many essential hotspots for anyone wanting to get the most out of their trip.
These are just a few ways you can make the most out of your 48 hours in London… we’ve barely even started! Do you have any other suggestions that you’d like to share with people? Let us know in the comments!