If you are planning on visiting London this season, or perhaps next year on holiday, you’ll want to ensure you have all major sites covered so that you can explore as much as possible while in the city. Here is our list of a few things we think you just can’t miss!
If you’re new to London, a grand bike tour of London is a must. You’ll want to cover sites such as:
- The London Eye
- Houses of Parliament
- Westminister Abbey
- Big Ben
- Buckingham Palace
- Trafalgar Square
The London Bicycle company run a variety of bike tours, including their classic tour:
Runs: Daily at 10.30am & 11.00am
Duration: 3 hours
Price: £24.95 (Adult 16+)
This tour covers the classic sights from Westminster to the City of London. It starts from the riverside cycle hire centre at Gabriel’s Wharf, across Blackfriars Bridge and onto Victoria Embankment along the East-West Cycle Superhighway – via Cleopatra’s Needle, Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben and then stopping in Parliament square. Then you’ll be heading off to Buckingham Palace via St James’s Park and then straight to Trafalgar Square to see Lord Nelson on his pedestal. Next you’ll head to Covent Garden, past Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Smithfield Market, and then the penultimate stop is St Paul’s Cathedral before crossing over Blackfriars Bridge and heading back to the wharf.
If you want something Christmas-related, the festive bike tour may also suit you:
Runs: 3.30pm daily, 17 November 2017 – 6 Jan 2018.
Duration: 3 hours
Price: Adults £25.95 Kids £22.95
The Christmas Lights tour is a festive ride from London’s Southbank, through bustling Christmas markets, across the Palace of Westminster, into the alleys of Kensington and Chelsea. You’ll see Sloane Square and will then follow the cycleways of Hyde Park, passing the famous Winter Wonderland, until you reach the West End, then Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, and Covent Garden and finally over Waterloo Bridge back to finish.
A brunch in Chelsea
Address: 11 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NA
No. 11 Pimlico Road in Chelsea is a great place to have brunch if you want to see how the other half live. It is situated a short distance from Sloane Square and Victoria tube station, and serves as an all-day dining experience on the former site of The Ebury. Once you’re done, why not walk around Chelsea and do some shopping? There are a number of department stores, including the luxury Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, plus Peter Jones (part of the John Lewis chain) – which is situated on Sloane Square. Sloane Street is London’s most decorated street for shopping fashion, goods and enjoying what you would consider to be a world class lifestyle. You can also visit a market here. Markets in Kensington and Chelsea include the famous Portobello Market. Chelsea Farmers’ Market is also a hit, comprised of a collection of chalet-style stores and restaurants arranged in a market-style setting.
While you’re in this part of London, why not also visit the Saatchi Gallery. This exhibits the latest in modern art and is widely considered one of the most influential platforms for new artists. It is situated right next to Duke of York Square and is free.
Address: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, London. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. It is fun to just walk around and snack on samples. There are many great places to eat here, including:
- Boston Sausages,
- Cheese and Olive Stick
- Heriloom tomatoes
- Monmouth Coffee shop
- Brindisa (small grocery store that sells all sorts of Spanish foods)
Madison Rooftop Bar
This place is a famous rooftop, 6th-floor bar and tapas restaurant, with hand-blown glass chandeliers and a large terrace. It has some amazing view of St. Pauls. The space can be enjoyed year round with umbrellas and heaters. It serves great food and cracking cocktails and is the ideal place for a celebration.
Address: Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, London EC4M 9AF
Hours: Open today · 11am–12am
Montcalm Hotel London
If you are looking for 5 Star Hotels London has many to choose from. Choosing to stay in a luxury hotel can really enhance your London experience. Many hotels are well connected so you can easily reach other parts of the city.
The Montcalm hotel London is just one hotel line option. Each individual Montcalm Hotel has its own unique character which is shaped by the architecture, history and location of the building itself. Montcalm properties you could book into include:
- The Montcalm London Marble Arch
- The Montcalm At The Brewery London City
- The Marble Arch London
- London City Suites By Montcalm
- M by Montcalm
- M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City
- Montcalm Royal London House – City of London
Head to Regent Street
Regent Street is a major shopping street in the West End of London. You can do some shopping here all day long, or just browse and take in the atmosphere. Shops include Watches of Switzerland, Burberry, Chruch’s, Liberty London, Hunter and J Crew