Here’s a quick guide to 48 Hours in the West End, London- including the top 10 activities all within walking distance! Perfect for those of you who upon checking into your London hotel room, might be looking for an easy fun-packed trip without the need for busy transportation…
2017 proved to be yet another record year for the tourism industry here in the UK, according to the data from Office for National Statistics in October alone, overseas residents made around 3.2 million visits to the country- many of whom visited the “Big Smoke”. Despite being one of the major cities on the planet, London remains relatively easy to explore, thanks to the improvements in public and alternative transportation. You can easily venture explore the cities many areas and photograph the famous landmarks by hopping on one of the iconic double- decker buses or by sliding across the River Thames with the Emirates Cable Car, you could even get a birds-eye view with a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye.
If you don’t fancy any more travelling and instead fancy opting for an easy tripe packed with culture, shopping, food and vintage then here’s a quick guide to 48 Hours in the West End, London- including the top 10 activities all within walking distance, that might inspire your trip…
Check-in, Unpack and Relax – if West London is your port of call, finding a smart accommodation, to refresh yourself after hours of voyaging around the city should not be too difficult. There are at least few good places near Kensington Gardens, that could provide a homey shelter from all the hustle and bustle of the Big Smoke. High on that list, you might find Kensington Gardens Hotel with its chic, comfortable amenities and fabulous cocktail bar overlooking the park. A perfect place to clink a few glasses of champagne before stepping into busy, bustling streets of the capital.
Take a breath of fresh air at Kensington Gardens – London’s “green lung” is a complex of eight Royal Parks that in total covers a far-reaching area of 265 acres. While taking a stroll through the greens, you can marvel at the Kensington Palace – the official residence of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, garden fountains, and an array of ornate monuments and small statues. Thanks to the Talking Statue Program you can now ask them with your smartphone for some inspiration! Hopefully, they will come up with some meaningful answers!
Visit Harrods – After wandering through the Kensington Garden fields, you might exit the gardens via Kensington Road and walk a bit further to Brompton Road, where famous, British luxury shopping center Harrods is situated. The best place to go, if you are thinking of bringing something special with you from a trip to London. Be aware – there will be a lot to choose from as the shop has 330 departments located on seven floors and there’s also plenty of opportunity for a spot of high tea!
Listen to some cult-classic tunes at Royal Albert Hall – London has a great music scene, and Royal Albert Hall is among the most famous stages in the city. You can either book a guided tour to find out about its rich history and hear some inside stories about the venues or simply buy a ticket to one of the stunning performances.
Get lost in Portobello Market – Portobello Market has a reputation of the most recognizable street markets in Europe, the perfect place to hunt for vintage treasures. Yet, this is not just another flea market, as further down the Portobello Road you’ll also find an excellent supply of fruits, veg, street foods or fresh meat and fish. Visit Portobello on Friday and Saturday to experience it in full swing!
Explore Victoria and Albert Museum – it’s a true heaven for design and art lovers, that will stun you with its eclecticism. The museum is a house with a collection of over 2.3 million objects ranging furniture, textiles, jewelry, painting, statues and many more. The variety of interactive, and multi-sensory exhibitions make it a great place for a family visit.
Join the West End’s celebration of music and dancing – the West End’s lineup includes some of the most recognizable Broadway titles like “The Book of Mormon”, “Les Miserables” and “Mamma Mia!” it’s wise to book your tickets prior to visiting London, but last-minute tickets can also be obtained from the Leicester Square booth, although you risk having a restricted view seats.
See what English Designers have to say about modern design – London’s Design Museum will certainly add some shape to your visit. Here you will have a chance to peek at the acclaimed British TV presenter Jon Snow’s extraordinary collection of ties or learn something new about the history of contemporary design.
Bend it like The Blues – on the trip to the Chelsea FC Museum and Stadium you will get a chance to explore the history of one of the most famous Football Clubs in London by playing with the multiple interactive exhibitions, but also get a feeling of what it means to be a footballer by having a chance to visit The Chelsea FC Dressing Room, Press Room, and Players Tunnel!
Travel in time in Natural History Museum – all the boring stuff you vaguely remember from biology, and history lessons spring into life at Natural History Museum in a form of stunningly real, gigantic Tyrannosaurus or man-sized models of human organs. It’s a good place to dust off that prehistoric knowledge of yours as well as learn a few new things about the planet you walk on.
“To travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen