We spontaneously headed to London last summer while backpacking around Europe. Of course, we had no idea it we'd be there during the Summer Olympics – no wonder we couldn't find a CouchSurfing host! It's a gorgeous city with constant entertainment options. We hope to return sometime this year and also see what the rest of the UK has to offer! Nikolai with Travelodge shares an article with us about taking a city break in London.
As one of the most culturally diverse and multi-faceted cities in the world, the city of London is a metropolis that oozes itinerary fillers from its very pores. Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's so much to do that you simply won't have enough time for it during one weekend break. If you are travelling from further afield, Travelodge offers budget hotels all over London that will ensure you're placed within easy access of all the main sights and sounds, giving you the tools you need to realise why London is such an awesome choice for a city break.
From historical monuments to modern day living, London has managed to seamlessly fuse the best of both worlds. Whether you want to catch a show on the West End or explore the famous landmarks that will help you envisage what it was like in times gone by, there's something for everyone in our capital.
Various districts are available to suit your individual needs, including the incredible shopping opportunities around Oxford Street and the grand landmarks scattered across the city – you can be sure that, with a stay in the city, you'll certainly never be bored.
Home to some of the most delectable restaurants in the world, if you've worked up an appetite during your day visiting the sights, there are plenty of options available for some nosh. Spending some quality time with your loved one in the city? Push the boat out and book yourselves in to one of the Michelin star restaurants in the city for a luxuriously romantic meal, such as Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester or the one and only Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. If the latter is your dream choice, make sure you book in advance – it can be incredibly difficult to secure a table here, for obvious reasons!
As one of the most historic cities in England, London is full to the brim of historical artefacts that will help you to gain insight into times of yore. Check out Buckingham Palace, the residence of our monarchy since Queen Victoria moved in following her accession to the throne in 1837, the beautifully intricate Westminster Abbey – resting place of famous poets, writers and monarchs through the ages – as well as the Tower of London where the Princes were imprisoned in the late 15th century.
Pick up a guide book, organise a tour or just wing your way around the city, learning things as you go.
If art and museums are more your thing, you won't be disappointed with what's on offer. From the Natural History Museum to the Tate Gallery, there are plenty of exhibitions and artefacts to see, depending on your preferences.
With the summer holidays coming up, planning a trip with the kids would be a fabulous way to fill the spare time. Take a ride on the London Eye, catch a family-friendly show or visit the London Dungeons for a taste of the macabre.
London does entertainment well, with limitless bars, pubs, clubs and shows on offer. Head for Covent Garden and Leicester Square for a great selection to choose from, or Camden and Tottenham Court Road for the alternative side of things.
What's stopping you enjoying a city break this year?