London is a city that you could visit for a month and still not have scratched the surface of. With great value Hyde Park hotels and 32 boroughs to explore, it takes multiple trips to the city to really get to know it. That being said, if you only have a long weekend here, you can still get a taste of its character and attractions.
This blog will outline a few tips to make the most of a long weekend in London. With springtime in full bloom, now is a better time than ever to make the most of off peak travel and rooms at hotels near Hyde Park.
Cycle When Possible
There’s a lot of landmarks to see in London and whilst a large concentration can be found in the City of London and the borough of Westminster, you won’t be able to tick off Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and St Paul’s in one go.
That is unless you rent a bike. London is famed for its expansive network of cycling paths and with Santander Cycle docks available all across the centre of the city, you can tick off many of Central London attractions in one day by using one of the 750 rentable bikes available across the city.
Museums Are Big (And Free)
With three of the most famous just a short walk from the Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel, the free permanent exhibitions at leading institutions such as the Natural History Museum, V&A, Science Museum and British Museum make for a great day out, especially if you’re visiting with young people. Art galleries should not be overlooked, both the Tate Modern and Britain as wella s the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are free to visit as well. Smaller art galleries and museums are often free and whilst you won;t be able to visit all of London’s museum collection in a long weekend, you could spend a whole weekend just browsing the British Museum.
Keep Your Days Flexible
London’s size and beautifully chaotic energy could mean you’re distracted by an off-the-beaten-track attraction or shop. You can forget meticulous planning when visiting London, you won’t regret leaving some time during your stay to chance.
And Sample The London Nightlife
From Hyde Park restaurants to docklands mega clubs, nocturnal London is a buzzing place to be. With a long weekend, you can sample the nighttime economy of the city and not have to worry about catching your plane early the next morning. That is of course, unless you dance the night away on a Sunday!
For theatre and live arts late into the night, head to the Soho and Shaftesbury Avenue area of Central London. Whilst nightclubs can be found in almost every borough, Shoreditch is a great introduction to the music scene in London, whilst also hosting a large concentration of clubs. Brixton, Dalston and Camden are also famous for their nighttime entertainment, and what’s more, all of the above areas are easy to reach via the weekend night tube, which runs for 24 hours on six different underground lines.