City Break Guide – London


London is one of the world`s great cities and has something for everyone, whether you`re after history and culture or shopping and nightlife. All of which makes it the perfect destination for a city break.

And, for such a big city, it`s pretty simple to navigate by foot and public transport. So here is a rough guide for a London city break.

History and Culture

If history and culture is your thing then nothing can compare to London for a city break. For instance, the Tower of London dates back to the reign of William the Conqueror in 1066 and is a key landmark in British history, while St Paul`s Cathedral was built shortly after the great fire of London by the country` most celebrated architect, Sir Christopher Wren.

Add to that things like the Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Natural History Museum as well as countless other landmarks and galleries and you have a city rich in culture. And that`s without mentioning the hundreds of theatres dotted around town, including the glitzy West End.


London has some of the world`s finest and most diverse shopping districts, each of which has its own distinct style and clientele. High end, luxury outlets can be found around Knightsbridge, where Harrods is situated, or the King`s Road while Oxford Street is home to pretty much every high street store there is.

For a more quirky shopping experience London has famous markets such as Brick Lane, Camden, Portabello and Spitalfields. Covent Garden and Carnaby Street are also worth a visit if you`re in need of some retail therapy.

Restaurants and Nightlife

London is a melting pot of cultures and this is reflected in the variety of cuisine on offer from all parts of the globe, from Caribbean curries to pie and mash. There are also a lot of high end restaurants owned by world famous chefs so London really does have something for every pocket as well as palette.

Although not known as being a 24-hour city, London still has vibrant nightlife and has a wide ranging variety of nightclubs and live music venues as well as bars and bistros. London boasts some of the world`s biggest superclubs such as Ministry of Sound and Pacha and also has a pulsing underground scene. As far as live music goes there often seems to be a band playing in every pub or bar on any given night of the week.

Whatever you plan on doing while in London is it important to be prepared and if you are going to any of the attractions, such as the London Eye, then it makes sense to book in advance. Similarly, a lot of the West End shows get fully booked up, especially at weekends so you should also book any box office theatre tickets in advance of your arrival.


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  1. If you are visiting London, don’t forget to pop in the City of London Information Centre, the only offical Tourist Information Centre in inner London next to St Paul’s cathedral. The knowledgable staff can help you with things to do and places to visit as well as reduced price fast track tickets to many attractions.

  2. Should mention that on a recent trip to London I took the family on the tour of the Palace of Westminster (Parliament). An excellent tour and you actually get to walk through the benches in the Lords and Commons and stand just inches away from the despatch box. The tour is only available on Saturdays while Parliament is in session, but during recess and holidays it is open 6 days a week. Highly recommended.

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