London offers a wide variety of fantastic sights and adventures for all interests, so if you're in the mood for sightseeing, then you're in luck! London provides a fantastic mixture of old and new and plenty of spaces perfect for eIn this blog, we'll take a closer look at some of the top sights ideal for a few days of exploring in the big city...
Day One: Travelling around the Thames
The Thames is one of the most iconic parts of London, a historic waterway which travels alongside some of the city's foremost areas and notable buildings. Once you reach the true heart of London, you'll be able to easily reach some of these spaces by sticking close to the Thames, with boat trips possible for those who really want to experience the city from a unique vantage point.
If you'd rather stick to the shore, then you can still take a look at the likes of Big Ben, the world's most famous clock and a London mainstay, or the Houses of Parliament, the seat of the UK government. Westminster Abbey is also within easy reach on the northern side of the Thames, offering a glimpse at London's royal past as the site of numerous royal weddings and coronations.
On the southern side of the Thames, you'll find the London Eye, an enormous Ferris wheel which provides great views and various upgraded experiences such as renting a private viewing pod or enjoying a glass of champagne during your trip. Close at hand, you'll also be able to see the London Aquarium, perfect for family days out while staying at the Park Grand Hotel Hyde Park.
Day Two: Touring London's Museums
London has long been a haven for fans of museums, with a huge variety to choose from during your short break. Many have late opening times, meaning you can easily spend the whole day looking around and never run out of things to do and places to go.
At the Tate Modern, you'll be able to discover some of the greatest works in contemporary art all under one roof. Head to the Natural History Museum, and you'll be confronted with dinosaur bones and a wealth of information about the world around you.
The V&A is ideal for fans of great design, with regular exhibitions through the year which showcase the very best from the world of fashion and textiles through the centuries, ideal for creative guests at the Park Grand Hotel Hyde Park. If it's science you're interested in, then the Science Museum is a great place for all ages to check out, with interactive exhibits which are sure to tell you more about scientific breakthroughs. For fans of something a little offbeat, a trip to the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street will tell you all about London's most famous detective.
In addition, the historic British Museum, located in an architecturally stunning building, is home to thousands of artefacts from all over the globe. Its best to ensure your plan for a museum day is loosely plotted, as you may decide you want to spend lots of time in one particular venue. If so, just go with it and take your time before heading on to the next fascinating space.
Day Three: London's Parks and Squares
London is noted for its plentiful green space, and the third day of your short break can be spent exploring many of them. Guests at luxury accommodation in London will find lots to keep them entertained. We recommend starting out at Hyde Park, one of the city's busiest Royal Parks, where there always seems to be something new and exciting going on.
If you're feeling active, then you can even rent a boat and travel along the Serpentine, or take a closer look at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Trafalgar Square is only a short distance away, and provides easy access to the National Gallery if you feel like stopping off and enjoying some great art during your travels.
There is also a number of notable monuments and statues here, including the Trafalgar Square Lions and Nelson's Column. St James's Park is located opposite Buckingham Palace – perfect if you feel like taking advantage of the summer opening hours at the palace itself – but alternatively, you could simply enjoy a picnic or watch the world go or perhaps feed the local ducks and geese.
Day Four: Kensington Palace & the West End
As the current residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the former home of Princess Diana and Princess Margaret, this grand royal palace is a great place for visit for anyone eager to discover more about the royal family, or simply explore the stunning grounds on a sunny summer day.
The palace not only provides a glimpse at contemporary royal life, but also offers a wide range of different events and exhibitions throughout the year. Visitors can search through some of the apartments which have served as royal residences over the centuries, and learn much more about the importance of the palace from an architectural standpoint.
A memorial playground dedicated to Princess Diana is also close to Kensington Palace, providing the ideal space for younger visitors to enjoy some playtime during their trip. It’s easy to spend a whole day looking around Kensington Palace, leaving you with an evening free to see more of the city. After a busy day exploring a palace, why not change direction and head to a West End show for some first-class theatre? If you're in the mood for some true London culture, then you have to see one of the many plays showing here at a huge number of eclectic venues. There's a little bit of everything on offer, from long-running hits to newer, smaller productions with cult appeal. Whatever takes your fancy, you're sure to find it – ensuring a steady stream of entertainment and the perfect end to your break