Make the most of your time in London

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Lots of emphasis is put on weekend breaks to London; how to make the most out of your time when you only have 48 hours in which to see the best the city has to offer, what to do if you are only stopping off in London on a flying visit and so on.  But London is actually well suited to those looking for longer breaks as well.  There is so much to see and do here that even with a week to spend in the city, you will find that you easily fill your itinerary and you may still find yourself having to cut down on the list of things you want to experience whilst in London.

Make a Plan

First things first, to really make the most out of your time in London, no matter how long or short your trip might be, you need to make a plan.  Think about and research the attractions you want to visit, the ones which are non-negotiable and the ones which you would just like to see if time allows.  Once you have your list you can start to budget how much visiting each of these attractions will cost you, and how long you would ideally like to spend exploring each one.  For each major attraction in London such as the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum and so on, you could easily spend an entire day wandering around if you felt so inclined but most people don’t have the luxury of so much time.  Half a day or three to four hours is usually sufficient to see the majority of what an attraction has to offer.

Natural History Museum

Get an Overview

One of the best ways of getting a feel for the city is to take an open-bus tour and this could easily be the first thing you do when you arrive in London.  It gives you the chance to see some of the major sights and landmarks in London from the comfort of a bus, many have in-audio services which offer unique and interesting facts about the city, and you will get a basic grasp of the layout of the city so that if you wanted to come back in the following days to explore an attraction further, then you shouldn’t have too much difficulty.  This is especially key if you have perhaps made use of the one the London hotel special offers and you are perhaps not as centrally located as you might have wanted to be.

Plan Downtime

Exploring a city can be a pretty full on experience so make sure that you don’t try and pack too much into your trip but leave some time to relax as well.  This might simply be spending an hour or two chilling out in your luxury room at the M by Montcalm Tech City Hotel or it might be something practical like booking into one of London’s day spas for a treatment.  If you are visiting on a budge then a great way to enjoy some downtime is to head to one of London’s many picturesque gardens and parks.  For a large city, London has some of the best gardens, parks, nature reserves and woodlands and they are wonderful places to take a walk and enjoy some fresh air.  You could head out of the city to places such as Richmond Park, Lee Valley or Lavender Pond Nature Park.

Gardens in London

Alternatively you could stay close to the heart of the city and explore places such as St Dunstan in the East, Kensington Gardens or the Chelsea Physic Garden.

See a Show

Many people come to London to either explore attractions and landmarks or to see a show; the great thing about if you come to the city for longer is that you can factor in time to do both.  London’s West End is home to some world-class productions and theatres, any of which would make a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours.  You might have a particular show in mind that you would love to see or you might be happy just to turn up on the day and see what is available; either way we are almost certain you will not be disappointed with your decision.

London shows to see

Tickets are available to purchase online or there are a number of shops and booths dotted around Leicester Square which you can pop into to purchase tickets for upcoming performances.

After Hours Exploring

If you have a little bit of time on your hands and after visiting the city mid-week then here is a handy tip for avoiding the masses of tourists; lots of London’s museums and art galleries offer late night openings midweek or on a Friday evening which make the perfect time to visit.  You won’t get many tourists heading to these late night openings meaning you can take your time and explore without the hassle of competing with hundreds of people all trying to see the same thing at the same time.  Often the museums and galleries also host talks and events during the evening which can really enhance your experience so it’s always worth looking online to see whether there is anything taking place during the time of your trip as well.

Go Further

Another great thing about having more than just two days in the city is that it gives you the chance to head away from the centrally located attractions and see what London has to offer further afield.  Some of the city’s best attractions are actually those located in Greater London and not in the heart of the city but they are often overlooked by tourists.  Likewise there are many excellent day trips which can be taken from London such as to Brighton, the Cotswolds, Oxford and even Paris if you felt so inclined.  Don’t feel limited to stay within the confines of the city, there is so much that is worth exploring in the surrounding area too.