You’ve secured your journey to London and you’re on your way. But you’ve only got the weekends to cram all the entertainment in. How do you make the most of it? How should you get about? What are the things you must see? Where’s the best central London accommodation?
First things first, base yourself in thesqua.re’s serviced apartments in Central London. Not only will you be able to relax in comfort at the end of a busy day, you’ll also be centrally located to ensure you can make the most of your weekends.
Secondly, have a look at this guide.
The London Underground, or the Tube as it is known locally, is your best friend. There are 270 stations in London and you will most likely find one within walking distance of anywhere you want to go.
Find out where your local tube station is and learn to read the underground route map. It looks complicated at first glance but is actually incredibly easy to master.
Cabs are also a good option, whether it’s a black cab which can be hailed anywhere on the street, or through a cab booking service such as Uber, who are prevalent throughout the capital.
Buses aren’t the quickest way to see the city. You have to find a bus stop in the first place, they don’t necessarily go the quickest route and then you have to know where to get off and they are probably best avoided on the weekends near to popular attractions.
If you’re feeling brave and adventurous then the Santander Cycles are a good option and great value for money. Register online and then pick up at various locations around the city using your bank card. Just drop them back at another station once you’re finished.
Cramming a few choice attractions into a weekend in London is going to be the most difficult part. There is simply so much to see!
If you’re looking to see the most popular attractions in London then you’ll want to consider the museums and art galleries. The eleven most visited attractions in the UK in 2016 were in London and they are all either art galleries or museums, with The British Museum, National Gallery and Tate Modern being the three most popular.
In fact, the Tate Modern along with two other favourites from can be incorporated into a highly recommended walk along the South Bank of the River, these being the Southbank Centre and the Tower of London (the latter actually being on the North side, but is amazing to behold from the South side).
The South Bank of the River Thames is the unofficial heartland of London’s cultural scene. A huge amount of work has gone into designing and building the beautiful walkways which are lined with trees.
Historic pubs, amazing restaurants and pop up stands featuring all kinds of wares also line the walk, so you won’t have to go far for refreshments. During the fairer months you’ll also find street entertainment, stages, fairs and various events to keep you entertained.
Best of all some of London’s most iconic landmarks can be visited or seen from their best angle from the South Bank. St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben (the Elizabeth Tower), Tower Bridge and the London Eye are all there, providing you with fantastic photo opportunities and memories.
Don’t forget, finding decent places to stay in London should always be your first consideration especially if you’re in London for a short space of time or want to fit in a lot of entertainment into your spare time.