This is my last post about London with Expedia.ca and I had to finish the series off with what to see. London is a site seeing paradise so you need a lot of time and some money (ok a lot, the city is expensive) to do it all. I had 75 hours and wanted a long weekend that was more about enjoying London and not necessarily seeing everything again. Think about what you want from your trip and plan accordingly especially when going for a weekend. You want the trip to be efficient and experience your top sites. This is how I divided up our weekend: Friday was for afternoon tea and shopping, Saturday I had a meet up with a group of fellow bloggers and finished up shopping and Sunday I planned for site seeing. This was my second time in London so I saw a few things I missed from last time – St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tate Modern.
For a weekend getaway I would recommend setting aside at least one full day for site seeing (two if this is the only time you will be in London). You can cover a lot of ground in one day because of the tube. Grab a pass and map out your route. That’s why location is key when staying in London. A central hotel, like the Melia White House, ensures you’re close to tube stations and all major attractions. A hotel close to the airport, while cheaper, will frustrate most travellers as they spend too much time getting into the city for such a short stay. For those that are a bit intimidated by the tube system (I was the first time I was in London) I would recommend the Hop-On Hop-Off tours. I did it last year and I learned a lot about the city and we hit every major attraction. Plus it gives you an idea of what you want to see more of and what is good for a quick look.
This year we used the tube and a map and visited:
Parliament/London Eye/Big Ben
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Please note that when we went you could not take photos in the church. Please respect the rules. I was frustrated for those working in the church constantly stopping tourists from snapping pictures inside.
I really enjoyed the Tate Modern. There are several exhibits to see and since we had limited time we spent our time in the Collection Displays Media Networks. The exhibit was thought provoking and I learned a few new things.
Attractions we missed but would be a great addition to any trip – The Tower of London, The Shard & Madame Toussaud’s Wax museum.