London weekend getaway: 72 hours to remember
Rich in history and culture, it’s no surprise that over 19 million tourists visit London each year. Famous for its iconic landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and its West End theatre districts, planning a London weekend getaway can seem daunting. If you’re looking to plan an action-packed London weekend, we’ve lined up a sample itinerary to fit your schedule. Take in the sights from the River Thames, see London’s skyline from above and experience the very best of the West End with us.
What to do in a London weekend
Kickstart your weekend with an energetic adventure! A day for the thrill seekers and those wanting to sit back and relax, the day is sure to have you marvelling over everything about the capital.
Start your morning with a double-helping of London’s most iconic attractions. See the city come to life from the water and the sky as you enjoy The LastMinute.com London Eye and River Cruise. Once you’ve boarded the 443 feet tall structure, view London from a different perspective as you take in the sights on a rotation like no other. This is a great opportunity to take photos with the whole of London as your backdrop. Once you’ve been on the London Eye, check out the spectacular views on the River Cruise for a different outlook. You’ll pass by some of the city’s top landmarks including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tower of London, so sit back and enjoy while your tour guide gives you fascinating information and statistics.
Inject some excitement into your afternoon by seeing a West End matinee. Brimming with shows, there’s plenty of choices available, but one laugh-out-loud musical we recommend is The Book of Mormon. Telling the story of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, these Mormon missionaries are sent to Uganda to spread the faith. But when faced with poverty, famine and AIDS, the Elders quickly realise they’re not the only ones giving lessons, for they have lessons to learn too. Outrageously funny and tongue-in-cheek, The Book of Mormon is a feel-good show that’s shocking, yet you’ll fall in love with the characters.
Enjoy an evening of luxury as you treat yourself to a Saturday evening pre-show meal and a West End theatre classic. For dinner, why not visit Homage Grand Salon? Inspired by the grand cafés of Europe and featuring stunning Louis XVI-style décor, experience fabulous fine-dining against a dramatic backdrop of gold-cast Ionic pillars.
After a non-stop day, take in the city’s history and culture. Founded in 50AD by the Romans, London is rich in history. Holding its own in riots, plagues and a certain Great Fire in 1666, learn more about the story of London as you visit locations that leave you in wonder over London’s past.
If you’re not the Sunday morning lie-in type, take a leisurely walk around an award-winning exhibition like Bodyworlds. Discover the beauty beneath your skin in a display of human bodies, fusing science, health and art in one. Expect a unique, exciting and interactive journey through the human body in an exhibition that’s sparked curiosity around the world.
For your afternoon’s entertainment, you’re going to need to take a trip to court. See Agatha Christie’s tale come to life at London County Hall as you experience the drama of the courtroom in Witness for the Prosecution. For many years, London County Hall was the home of London’s local government. With an octagonal council chamber in the centre, you’ll feel like you’re in a court session and seeing the drama unfold from all angles. Take your pick at where you sit, from the galleries to sitting in the jury, and get ready to make up your mind at Witness for the Prosecution; a theatre experience that’s a crime to miss.
Celebrate that you’ve made it through a London weekend with a visit to one of the most popular attractions. Standing at 310 metres above the city, The Shard has become a recent addition to the London skyline. 244 metres up the building sits The View from the Shard and it’s a view that has to be seen to be believed. Take in the view from the 72nd floor as the floor to ceiling glass windows allow you to take in a 360-degree panorama of the capital. We recommend a night-time booking with a cocktail in hand so you can maximise your Shard experience. One thing’s for sure, The View from the Shard is a national treasure to add into any London weekend itinerary.
Let the Monday morning commute rush past you as you take advantage of the green spaces in Central London. If it’s a stroll in St. James Park or just sitting and watching the world go by on Primrose Hill, you’ll quickly realise that the city isn’t always fast-paced. By enjoying London and going a little bit slower, the city’s vibrancy will shine through and it’ll make you fall in love with the city even more.
Tie up your final evening by throwing caution to the wind and having a rocking Monday night! Make your Monday feel like a Friday at Cabana, the home of hot-hot-hot Brazillian food! Dine in a friendly atmosphere with good music and good vibes, and with a menu offering churrasco fried chicken and a feijoada hot-pot, feast over Brazilian classics at Cabana and let the good times roll.
After Cabana, let your senses open up at Waitress. When Jenna Hunterson enters a pie baking competition to try and start a new life for her child, you’ll be whisked away to a whole new world. With a star cast, you’ll be singing lyrics all the way home from your London weekend and hoping that you can bake these pies!