London Holidays & City Breaks
England’s capital welcomes millions of visitors each year and there’s no wonder why. With its fascinating sights, intriguing history and spectacular panoramic views, there’s no other city quite like London. Each area offers a different atmosphere and style. So, enjoy hip areas like Shoreditch, the alternative vibe of Camden, cosmopolitan Notting Hill or vibrant Brixton.
You’ll find plenty to do on a London city break. Whether it’s visiting the iconic Big Ben, taking a spin on the London Eye or shopping along the famous Oxford Street, London has everything for a memorable short break.
London’s West End has amazing shows to see, whilst there are also tons of museums to explore. Or why not visit the Queen’s best-known residence of Buckingham Palace? Whatever you choose to put on your sightseeing list, the great thing about London is that it’s suitable for every type of holiday maker. If it’s a romantic couples break you’re after, or a weekend trip with the whole family, London has you covered!
Most popular hotels in London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster
Novotel London Canary Wharf Hotel
Days Hotel by Wyndham London-Waterloo
Best Western London Ilford Hotel
Heston Hyde Hotel
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Each part of London offers a different vibe and atmosphere. So, there really is something for everyone!
- London’s West End is home to the buzzing Leicester Square known for its bars and clubs. Chinatown is also a favourite, boasting the city’s East Asian influence. There’re plenty of theatres to enjoy too, like the Lyceum Theatre.
- The capital is home to many cheap and free attractions. Many of its museums offer free entry and are always a hit among tourists. The Natural History Museum, National Gallery and Tate Modern among many more are some of our favourites!
- The Shard is one of London’s most recognisable skyscrapers and guess what? You can travel up to the top onto the building’s observation deck and admire the amazing views of London’s skyline. You’ll be able to see St Paul’s Cathedral, Wembley Stadium and the London Eye amongst so much more.
- ZSL London Zoo is perfect for a family day out! Spot the lions, penguins, meerkats and gorillas and enjoy the interactive areas which will definitely appeal to the little ones.
Short breaks to London unveil a buzzing and lively nightlife. There’s always something going on in the big city no matter what day of the week it is. Plus, with the night tube on Friday and Saturday nights, there’s no excuse not to spend the whole night out!
- London is home to many top clubs which are internationally known. Fabric in Farringdon hosts big names on the DJ scene, and you’ll hear everything from electro and techno to drum’n’bass and grime.
- Heaven welcomes more than 1000 revellers during its big nights. It is also home to the flagship G-A-Y nights on Saturdays and has three floors of music to enjoy.
- Pop Brixton offers a variety of global street food and it also hosts fun nights with music, DJ sets and great company.
- Catch a concert, comedy show or sports at The O2 or you might want to try something more thrilling and climb to the top of it. It’s open until 8:30pm in the summer, just in time to see the sunset!
- For something a bit more laid-back, show off your putting skills at Puttshack in White City which combines technology with a crazy golf style.
Shopping in London
Many visitors’ main aim when coming to London is to shop… and we don’t blame them!
- Oxford Street is situated in the heart of London and has over 300 shops for you to enjoy. You’ll find the well-known Selfridges department store as well as John Lewis and Debenhams.
- London has two massive shopping centres in the form of Westfield. There’s one in White City in west London and the other can be found in Stratford, east London. There’s a number of high street names as well as luxury brands, designer shops and department stores too.
- Knightsbridge is perhaps best-known for Harrods and Harvey Nichols which sells everything from clothing to cosmetics. Sloane Street also has many high street favourites too.
- For unusual shops, gothic and punk inspired clothing and tattoo and piercing parlours, Camden High Street is the perfect spot.
You won’t go hungry in London by a long shot. There are tons of top-rated restaurants and bars to discover.
- London has many cheap dining options around the city. Patty and Bun is a great choice for delicious burgers at an affordable price. Padella also serve up delicious bowls of homemade pasta for a cheap price of £5.
- Vegetarian or vegan? This city has got you covered. Head to Genesis in Spitalfields for great-tasting vegan delights that even non-vegans will fall in love with. Or visit Mildreds to sample a variety of vegetarian and vegan from around the globe.
- Who doesn’t love brunch? Thankfully, London is full of tasty brunch spots. Try Chiltern Firehouse for lovely dishes and possibly a chance to bump into celebs. Or Duck & Waffle for a great choice.
- Fancy Michelin-starred delights? There’s plenty to go around on a London city break. Gordon Ramsey’s Restaurant in Chelsea is an option as well as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
When it comes to culture, there’s loads to see in London.
- London has four UNESCO world heritage sites including the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
- The city hosts many huge festivals which draw massive crowds and tourists. If you’re visiting in August, make sure to check out Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street festival in Europe. It’s attended by over one million people each year and boasts party vibes, tasty street food and colourful costumes.
- Theatre is pretty popular in London, so why not visit The Globe Theatre for a dose of Shakespeare and history.
- There’re loads of museums to explore in London, the British Museum houses a number of artefacts and sculptures. Whilst Tate Modern has loads of interesting paintings, photographs and artwork to discover.
Outdoor activities in London
As much as London is a city, you’ll find plenty of outdoor areas to explore.
- Hyde Park is perfect for a picnic or you could hire a pedalo or rowing boat for a tranquil trip along the Serpentine Lake.
- Head to the top of Primrose Hill for spectacular surrounding views.
- Visit one of the GoApe parks with the whole family for thrilling tree-top adventures.
- If you choose to visit Hampton Court Palace, give the maze a go and see if you can get out!