This is a collaborative post.
If you are planning on visiting London anytime soon, you will need a great itinerary to make sure that you get the best out of your trip. There’s so much to see and do in London it can get overwhelming. So in this post, I’m looking at how to enjoy a London mini-break.
I’ve been to London a few times now and despite all the hustle and bustle, I’ve loved each trip! If you’re a UK native and you’ve never been to the city, you’re missing out. It can be expensive, but with a bit of forward planning and some thrifting you could be there in no time!
Transport and getting about
If you’ve never been to London at all, you should prepare yourself for the tube system. The tube is one of the most amazing structures, especially when you consider that it was built well over a hundred years ago.
Each day it transports millions of people around the heart of the capital and is often swarming with people. Miraculously, despite how full it gets, it is the quickest way to get around the city, and you can be where you need to be within minutes.
It’s an incredibly well-connected network and is much more effective in terms of actually navigating the city. Leave your car behind, because London traffic is not something you want to deal with on a city break.
The Harry Potter studio tour
If you want to add a bit of magic to your trip, you could visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Whether you are a Slytherin or a Mudblood, everyone is welcome. You can ride a broomstick through the skies, jump on board the Hogwarts Express, as well as visit many of the different sets that have been used across the various movies.
You can practice your wand skills, or have a relaxing drink of Butter Beer There are so many different props and items that will be familiar to you if you are a fan, you could spend hours just trying to take them all in. Even if you’re not a huge fan, it’s still a great fun place to visit, and the atmosphere is spellbinding.
No trip to London would be complete without a trip to the theatres of the West End. There are always a great many different choices, with popular musicals right through to traditional fare such as Shakespeare’s plays. Whatever your tastes, there is something for you. Book ahead and get a pre-theatre dining experience in a nearby restaurant too.
Personally, I really rate The Lion King and Les Miserables, but there are so many to choose from!
Jack The Ripper tours
An acquired taste for certain but if you enjoy the macabre, why not take a tour of the east end of London and see the spots where Jack the Ripper murdered his victims?
There are a number of tours that will take you around the area and tell you all of the stories that surround the notorious murderer. These are not for the faint at heart, so if you scare easily, it may not be for you.
Visit The Tate Modern
As a creative, this one is a must on my London to-do list. One of the world’s best collections of modern artwork is housed on the banks of the Thames, and you can visit it for free.
You will get to see some of the most amazing works from the likes of Dali, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin, and Damien Hurst. There are so many breathtaking works of art to look at, and it may take you several hours to get around the massive gallery. There are temporary exhibitions that change periodically, so be sure to check what is on offer when you visit.
What are your top tips for how to enjoy a London mini-break? I’ve been a few times and can think of some great additions to this list but I’d love to hear what you think! What must-see attractions would you recommend on a visit to our nation’s capital? Let me know in the comments.