48 hours in London

London is a huge city, packed full of things to do so we’ve done our best to pick our highlights and favourite spots in this guide to a long weekend in the capital. It’s best to arrive in London by plane or train and then make your way around by tube. Each airport is within an hour of the city centre and easily accessible by bus link.

Day one

Morning

Kick start your break with a club sandwich in one of our hotel restaurants with a relaxing drink in the bar before heading out for a day filled with exploring.

Catch the tube to one of London’s markets. Ideal shopping destinations, selling everything from food to souvenirs, you’ll find everything you’d ever need! Our favourites are at Camden Lock. It’s home to more than 100 shops and stalls including some of London’s best street food from burgers to paella!  If you’ve got more time for shopping, read our guide to shopping locations in London (link to blog).

Afternoon

Head to Buckingham Palace for an afternoon full of Royal heritage! Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. The State Rooms are open to visitors every year, but check for seasonal opening times on www.royal.gov.uk. If the weather allows, a stroll and a rest in some of the surrounding Royal Parks is recommended. Hyde Park is one of the largest and offers lots of space, galleries and gardens.

Evening

Stroll over to Mayfair for dinner, we’ve tried Piccolino Restaurant in Heddon Street and it’s not to be missed. An oasis of calm, you’ll experience only the freshest seasonal produce in this Italian restaurant. It’s right next to London’s famous Ice Bar too where everything from the furniture, walls and even your glass is made from ice. At a chilly -5°, the staff will wrap you up in a thermal cape and you’ll get 40 minutes to chill out, enjoy a cocktail and snap lots of cool pics. Pre-booking is highly recommended, time slots fill up quickly.

If you crave the buzz of city nightlife, catch the tube to Shoreditch and enjoy an evening at one of the city’s live music venues. With everything from electronic to jazz, blues and funk, these venues are packed with great atmosphere and new artists. Afterwards, make your way back to the hotel and fall into bed for a well-deserved good night’s sleep.

Day two

Morning

Fuel up for the day with an Apex breakfast, don’t forget you can choose from continental or fully cooked whatever is your favourite. If you’re staying at Apex City of London Hotel, attractions are right on your doorstep. Walk out to Tower of London and learn about the city’s history and even catch a glimpse of some crown jewels.

Afternoon

An afternoon spent walking along the River Thames on the South Bank is essential for any London city break. Start by catching the underground from Blackfriars station on the District line down to Westminster Station. Enjoy the beauty of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben before crossing the river, heading toward the London Eye. If you have time, a trip on the wheel offers spectacular views over the city throughout the day.

Start your stroll along the south bank right up to London Bridge. On a sunny afternoon you can stop along the way for a drink or an ice cream, but don’t forget to explore the side streets full of boutiques and quirky stores. Leave an hour or two to take your time enjoying the views of the river.

Evening

Take some time to relax in one of our restaurants and bars enjoying dinner from our tempting menu. Whether you choose a burger, salad, sandwich or something from the grill, treat yourself to a cocktail to go with it.

A West End show is a must during your trip. There are a number of theatres in Theatreland including Apollo and Lyceum, all of which bring award winning shows year round. Shows like The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables and Wicked are just a few of the big shows to come to London in the last few months. Tickets are available to book suitable for most budgets at ticketmaster.co.uk