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London was one of my favouite destinations in Europe with so much to see and do. I could have easily spent weeks exploring and still not have seen everything. It’s such an amazing place!!
Today’s post is everything you need to know to make the most of a long weekend in London, England! Whether you’re passing through or only have a short amount of time, here are my top recommendations and travel tips to make the most of your trip!
Our hotel was in the area of Westminster. It’s more of a quiet area and away from the hustle and bustle. We really enjoyed having the peace and quiet when we got back to our room while still being close to many of the main attractions. Westminster is only a short tube (subway) ride away from the busier areas and has quite a few of the big attractions close by like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster.
London is such a vibrant city and there are so many areas and neighbourhoods to see. It can be quite overwhelming! It’s a good idea to have a a few neighbourhoods in mind on your must see list. I’ve complied a list of the main tourist sights, what’s worth seeing, fun/unique neighborhoods all down below for you guys! In addition to the Hop on Hop Off bus which takes you around the whole city, the neighbourhoods that are worth spending more time in include Notting Hill with the Portobello Road Market and SOHO, specifically Carnaby Street.
Again there are so many attractions to see and with a short amount of time it’s best to plan ahead of time and prioritize the things that you absolutely HAVE TO see. Here’s a list of areas and attractions that were on our list: Big Ben, London Bridge, Carnaby Street for shopping and amazing pubs. Also Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster. Other spots include: the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and a red phone booth! The classic Instagram-worthy shot with a red phone booth and Big Ben in the background is located in Parliament Square, Westminster. For the Harry Potter fans out there, platform 9 3/4 (located at King’s Cross Station) is a must see!
If it’s your first time in London, paying for a 1 day Hop on Hop Off bus tour is a good idea. You’re able to quickly see all the main sights while getting a general overview of London. The bus tour also helps to get your bearings and to discover the areas that you want to come back to and explore more of.
Part of the fun in exploring a new city is coming across amazing new restaurants and trying the local food! Here are a few of our faves from the trip: Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill for lunch, Peggy Porschen cakes for dessert and tea (very popular on Instagram!) and Golden Union for the best fish and chips. Thank you to our friends living in London who recommended these places!
The subway system in London is fantastic and everything is easily accessible via the “tube” as they call it. I suggest getting an Oyster card when you arrive to travel via the subway. If you want to be extra prepared or take the tube directly from the airport, you can order an Oyster card online and have it mailed to you. We used to the tube from the airport directly to our hotel and it was effortless.
As always, thank you for reading this travel guide to London! If there’s anything that I missed please let me know in the comments. Be sure to check out some of my other travel guides for Europe here and here. For more travel tips and to see where I’m heading next, you can also find me on Instagram (especially Insta stories!) at @candice.camera.