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48 Hours in London

With world-class shopping, five-star hotels, Michelin-starred dining, bustling markets, beautiful parks and green spaces and one of the most striking skylines in the world, London is a top city in which to spend a weekend

Ruairidh Pritchard
City Guide
Ruairidh Pritchard ,

Spring in London can be as enjoyable as it is unpredictable. From April to June Londoners can experience all four seasons in a day, but the city offers plenty of things to do come rain or shine. With the opening of new landmark five-star hotel the Ned, with world-class art from a variety of British and international artists displayed at the historic Tate Britain gallery and with the West End presenting some of the best stage productions in the world, a weekend in London offers something for everyone. Here we’ve selected some of the British capital’s highlights to help you plan a two-day break in one of the world’s most exciting cities.


Stay at the Ned: This newly opened hotel is set in what was once one of London’s largest banks. It is quickly becoming renowned as one of the coolest places to stay in the city. The Ned has been designed to give guests a relaxed and memorable stay; it offers a staggering choice of eight restaurants and more than 250 bedrooms, from small ‘crash pad’ rooms to duplex suites filled with plush furniture and adorned with classical details.


Grab a bite to eat at Borough Market: Filled with fresh produce, from newly caught fish to artisan bread, handmade cakes and pastries, and honey and preserves, Borough Market is a food lover’s paradise. It is enormously popular with Londoners for its array of street food stalls. Head here for a wide selection of delicious freshly cooked dishes to eat on the go.


Window shop on Bond Street: Home to some of the world’s most luxurious brands, Bond Street is one of the oldest shopping streets in London. It connects bustling Oxford Street to equally busy Piccadilly yet is much quieter than these shopping venues, giving visitors scope to marvel at its beautiful boutiques. These include international fashion brands Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada as well as jewellers such as Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Bulgari and Harry Winston.


Dine at J Sheekey: One of London’s longest standing gastronomic institutions, J Sheekey was founded by oyster trader Josef Sheekey in the 1890s and was one of the city’s first fish and seafood eateries. Today it is a firm favourite of London’s foodies. They flock to this St Martin’s Court restaurant for carefully sourced and perfectly prepared seafood, including dressed crab, prawns and J Sheekey’s famous fish pie.


Admire some art at Tate Britain: Grandly set on the northern bank of the River Thames, Tate Britain is one of London’s most revered cultural landmarks and shows British art from 1500 to the present day. The gallery’s permanent collection includes works by artists such as William Blake, J M W Turner, John William Waterhouse and Francis Bacon, making it a must-see for art lovers.


Take a walk through St James’s Park: The oldest of London’s eight royal parks, St James’s Park is almost on the Queen’s doorstep ‒ it is set on the Mall, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. With a lake, daily pelican feeding and a grass-roofed café, the park is a great place to explore on a sunny spring afternoon.


Have a drink at Mr Fogg’s in Covent Garden: Mr Fogg’s is undeniably one of London’s most eccentric pubs. On the ground floor is a traditional tavern and upstairs there’s a gin parlour, making this the perfect place to sample some of the city’s finest ales and spirits. Those wanting a taste of British tradition should try the gin parlour’s Cream Cakes and Cocktails menu. It offers a quirky twist on afternoon tea and presents the perfect pre-theatre treat.


Catch a show in London’s West End: The glittering West End is home to some of the best stage productions in the world. See musicals such as the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre and Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre. Enjoy award-winning plays like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre or Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Harold Pinter Theatre. With such a wide choice, London’s West End is guaranteed to provide visitors with an entertaining evening.

Take in the view at Sky Garden: London’s spectacular Sky Garden is set 155 metres above the city and offers incredible 360° views. Within a glass dome, visitors can wander around exquisitely landscaped gardens. They can also enjoy an observation deck and an open-air terrace. Order a cocktail at the City Garden Bar and drink it while watching the sun set over London.




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