The places to see and things to do in London are so many and so varied that a casual visitor can only scratch the surface of its offerings. A minimum stay of seven days is needed to get a true feel of the city and that too, if it is planned out with meticulous research. Given below are a few suggestions for spending a perfect week in London.
After booking into your hotel you will only be able to settle down by mid afternoon. It is essential to choose the right place to stay as you should be able to get a comfortable room with all necessary facilities at an affordable cost and a strategic location near most attractions of the city so that you can save time, energy and money in moving around your various places of interest and be able to see more places. The best option is to choose one of the hotels near Hyde Park as they meet all the above requirements. You can now venture out and simply walk across to Hyde Park and indulge in any of the various leisure activities that it offers such as walking, cycling horse riding, rowing, boating or swimming. There are many attractions within Hyde Park and its adjacent Kensington Gardens that you can see such as Kensington Palace, Peter Pan Statue, Speakers’ Corner and others.
After a hearty breakfast you should move around the city by using the excellent public transport whether by bus, tube or even boat (later on). You should plan to visit the Museum of London to know more about London’s history and then you should visit the Tower of London where you will get more knowledge about the city and be able to pose with a Beefeater, see the Crown Jewels and admire the ravens. Afterwards, a boat ride on the Thames would be a wonderful way to end the day.
One of the most comfortable, strategically located and conveniently affordable places to stay in London is Park Grand London Hyde Park which is located close to many of the main attractions of the city. If you stay here, you can plan to visit Buckingham Palace on the third day and get to see how the Royalty lives and visit the State Rooms and Royal Collection of Art after you have watched the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside. In the evening you can go to London’s West End and see a play or a musical.
A visit to Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market would be ideal as you can see one of the posh areas of the city and visit one of the best markets for antiques. In the evening, you can visit Soho and get a taste of London’s night life.
You should visit the East End and wander through the famous Columbia Road Flower Market. After appreciating the wonderful blooms, you can walk through Brick Lane, do some shopping and taste some exotic and tasty Indian/Bangladeshi curry.
You can dedicate the day to getting a good dose of culture by visiting the British Museum and National Gallery or the V&A and National History Museum.
On the last day, you can indulge in your shopping instincts at Oxford Street, South Molton Street or at Bond Street. You will then reach Piccadilly where you can visit the Royal Academy.