London is the perfect city for the ultimate mini break; it is home to incredible sites, multiple delicious restaurants, theatres, sports arenas, rooftop bars, shops… you name it, London has it! If you are only there for a short time, it is a good idea to plan out your weekend so that you get to see everything you want to. Below are some tips to help you do just that…
1. Fly into Heathrow and pre-book your airport transfer
If you are flying into London, Heathrow Airport, UK’s major international airport is your best bet. Aside from the fact that it is already located in London, it is one of the most efficient airports in the world. Before you go, it is a good idea to book your taxi transfer online from the airport to avoid any queueing at the other end.
2. Experience the whole of London via the Shard
The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building. Designed by the world-renowned architect, Renzo Piano, it has transformed London’s skyline into something spectacular. You can travel to the top, level 68, in a minute. At the top, you can experience a 360-degree view of London from the observation deck, whilst sipping a glass of champagne. Or, you can take a moment to experience the skies from the open air skydeck at Level 72.
3. Book a tour to see sites in London
One of the best ways to see the sites London has to offer, is booking onto a tour. Here are some of the famous tours worth checking out:
- Bus tours – You can choose to tour around London via open-top double decker bus and enjoy the beautiful view of the city.
- Harry Potter Studio tours – Take a tour of the set of the Harry Potter movie at the Warner Bros. Studios. You will get to learn about the secrets of the movie, walk amongst the sets and see first-hand what made the movie so magical!
- Total London tours – See the past and present London through Total London tours. Visit the Westminster Abbey, take a glimpse of the Queen at the Buckingham Palace, and ride and take breathtaking photos at The London Eye.
4. Stroll around Harrods
For any shopping lover, Harrods is a must visit as it is one of the biggest department stores in Europe. When shopping there, you can expect to find designer brands like Oscar de la Renta, Dolce and Gabbana, Heidi Klein and many more.
5. Sip your afternoon tea at Claridge’s
No trip to England is complete without an afternoon tea. When hunting for the best afternoon tea location, look no further than Claridge’s, one of London’s best and most renowned hotels. From the time it was established in 1856, it has evolved into a place where the rich and the famous stay, dine, and more importantly, sip their afternoon tea.