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London Eye
London Eye © Christine Matthews : Licence

With a weekend break in London, you are truly spoilt for choice. London is one of the largest cities in world, truly multicultural, noisy, congested, beautiful, chaotic and historic. As one of the major travel destinations in the world It is easy to get to London from virtually anywhere.

You could spend a weekend in any of London’s many districts and have an exhausting time, but we’ll summarize some of the most famous attractions here. Public transport is busy and relatively expensive, but is still the easiest way to get about the city. Don’t find yourself stuck on the underground all day though – London is huge but many of the attractions are within walking distance of each other, and you’ll see much more of the city if you walk between them.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace © Steve Daniels : Licence

For a whistle-stop tour, most visitors would head to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen. Skip across to the London Eye – the world’s third largest observation wheel, with arguably better views than it’s bigger competitors. Tower Bridge is an iconic photo opportunity, whereas Piccadilly Circus is one of the most photographed sights in London, and a nightlife centre.

The Tower of London is an interesting World Heritage site to visit, guarded by Beefeaters it is over 900 years old and houses the crown jewels. It is said to be the most haunted building in the world. Trafalgar Square is another common tourist attraction and is overlooked by the National Gallery. Once a haven for pigeons, this scourge has been somewhat reduced due to hired birds of prey!

London has a world-class collection of museums, and the majority of entrances to the museums are free. This includes the British Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Note that some temporary exhibitions may not be free. There are also a bewildering number of minor museums on diverse subjects – the British government lists around 250 different genuine museums throughout the city!

Lioness at London Zoo
London Zoo © Peter Triming : Licence

Not just a concrete jungle, London is peppered with large and small parks, many of which started their lives as royal estates and hunting grounds. Perhaps the most famous of these are Hyde Park, St James Park and Regent’s Park.

Keep an eye out on for blue plaques on the front of buildings which designate locations where great figures of the past were born and had lived. There are now over 800 of these through London, including figures such as Mozart, Charles de Gaulle and Jimi Hendrix.

Aside from the historical aspect of London, it is also one of the best cities in the world for live music, theatre and shopping. Every type of restaurant and bar you could imagine is available. One way to try and maximize your stay in London is to hop on a bus tour, of which there are many, from tours through major historical landmarks to themed tours such as the London Movie Tours.

Despite it’s sometimes expensive reputation, there is accommodation available to suit all budgets, from bed and breakfasts a tube ride from the centre, to inner-city 5 star hotels in London. Whatever your fancy, a weekend break in London is sure to be an exciting and fun-filled time.

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