The ultimate London weekend guide

Jenessa Williams

London—a city we all know and love, but how often do we truly take the time to be a tourist there? Whether you’re a local or looking to take a more restful holiday in the city, try out some of London’s most-loved hotspots in our guide below.  

Stay

pullman hotel

Conveniently located right by King's Cross station and close to Euston station, the Pullman London St Pancras hotel is the perfect base for any kind of London stay.

Dine in the AA Rosette Award Winning restaurant and bar or unwind in rooms, complete with stunning views of the city, which offer 24-hour room service and acoustic isolation to guarantee a restful sleep.

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Pullman hotel

All Pullman Hotels hold a best price guarantee when booking directly, as well as a worldwide loyalty program that encourages their “global nomad” ethos. Why not make 2019 the year you take on the world?

Nearby attractions include Regent's Park, London Zoo and the British Library.

 

Eat

sketch London

Putting the art into afternoon tea, Sketch is a venue you’re likely to have seen online. From its quirky egg-pod toilets to its sumptuous pink interiors, the gastro-brasserie is always at the cutting edge of design, with a variety of themed breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Just make sure you arrive hungry—their portions may be dainty but they sure pack a punch.

For sustenance on the go, The Old Truman Brewery is one of East London’s premier hubs for independent shops, exhibitions and up-and-coming street food retailers. From vegan-fried chicken to artisanal ice cream, a lunch at Truman’s is the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the next big food trend.

 

Shop

colombia

From food to flowers, vintage to vinyl, Columbia Road is easily one of London’s most unique shopping meccas. Running parallel from top to bottom are all manner of independently owned retailers, topped off by the weekly flower market, world-renowned florists and an expansive selection of blooms. Make sure to get there early to make the most of a wholesome Sunday.

For classic brands and high-street heroes, Westfield Shopping Centre is a must for shopaholics. With Stratford City and Shepherd’s Bush locations, make the most of shops, restaurants and cinemas, with extra services available for personal styling, kids entertainment and accessibility.

 

Learn

Southbank

London truly has a museum for every interest. Wrap your head around modern art at The Tate Modern in Southwark or travel back in time at The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, chockfull of toys, clothing and artefacts from centuries past.

To expand your mind further, keep your eyes peeled on the events calendar at The Southbank Centre. Having hosted talks from the likes of Michelle Obama and Roxane Gay through to Women of The World Festival and various musical events, there is always something on to challenge your ideas about art, culture, history and sociopolitics.

 

Get outdoors

Hyde Park

Fans of a relaxing walk will be spoilt for choice in London. The eight Royal Parks make up just some of London’s 3,000-plus open spaces, refuting the myth that the city is all concrete and tower blocks. Go boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park between April-October, or get active at London’s largest outdoor sports area in Regents Park.

For fans of horticulture, a trip to Kew Gardens is well worth the entry price. Featuring art exhibitions, children’s storytelling and seasonal meals at it’s various cafes, it offers plenty more than it’s iconic plant life.

If you’re looking to keep active during your trip, join the Pullman Running Club during your hotel stay for a sociable approach to keeping fit.

 

Admire the view

admire the view

There is a whole abundance of fun ways to take to the skies in London town. Challenge any fear of heights with the Up At The O2 experience—kitted out in a climb suit and aided by a guide, you’ll walk to the very top of the o2 via a walkway, suspended 52m above ground.

Nearby is also the Emirates Airline Cable Car, an efficient way to cross the Thames while enjoying a great view.

If you’d rather your skyline gazing a little more high-end, book in for a champagne experience, Pilates session or silent disco at The Shard. London’s highest viewing gallery, you can soak up 360-degree views as you unwind in style.

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