I may have been back from London for over five weeks – yeah I know, time flies – but I’m still reminiscing over the amazing time I had with my American squeeze. We hit up Brighton first for five days, before heading to London for the weekend.
Now, I’ve been to London like 282 times already (okay, slight exaggeration – more like 281), but I always enjoy it each and every time I venture there.
London is a bit like marmite; you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I love it. There’s always something going on in the city centre, there’s so much to see and do, and it has a seriously exciting vibe.
Don’t get me wrong, visiting is always fun; however, I find it rather exhausting if I go for longer than a couple of days at a time. The city is incredibly spread out so you end up taking tubes everywhere (and doing a lot of walking).
Trust me though, it’s worth the pain! And it’s a helluva good workout, right?
Heading to the Big Smoke soon for a quick trip and need some ideas on what to do with your time? Not to worry – I got you. Here’s my guide on how to spend a weekend in London.
1. Sit Out in the Sunshine at Trafalgar Square
(…Presuming the weather is decent, of course.)
Can you believe that my American BF had visited London previously but never went to Trafalgar Square? He was amazed when I told him it was one of the top tourist spots. Naturally, I had to show him the area because it’s unbelievably gorgeous.
Plus, during the summer months, people sit on the edge of the fountains during the day and admire the view of the statues and surrounding buildings. And it’s simply divine.
2. Visit the National Gallery
Trafalgar Square is also home to The National Gallery – and you can’t help but love The National Gallery!
Not only does it have over 2,300 paintings, but it’s supposedly one of the greatest collections in the whole entire world. Monet, Picasso, you name ’em – you can find all the famous artists here. It’s a must-do if you’re an art lover, like myself.
Oh, and did I mention that it’s free to enter? Win, win!
Okay, so I might be a wee bit of a Made in Chelsea fan (you know, the TV show about a bunch of twenty-somethings living in the Chelsea area of London?) and the MIC gang are always at The Bluebird Cafe. Therefore, I felt it was only right that I experienced The Bluebird Cafe. Obvs.
My BF and I had breakfast there on our first full day and it was simply yummy. They also have a pretty little terrace where you can sit out in the morning sunshine, soak up the atmosphere and people watch until your heart’s content.
Definitely check it out if you ever have the opportunity, because you seriously won’t regret it.
4. Wander Around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus
How to spend a weekend in London 101: Hit up these two famous tourist hot spots, which the BF also didn’t realise he had to tick off the London bucket list. (I keep saying bf, shouldn’t I just call him by his name? That’s easier, right? Nathan – his name is Nathan.)
So I took Nathan for a little mooch around Leicester Square and its array of bars, shops and restaurants. He couldn’t believe the number of people that were in that one area at one time!
We also wandered around Piccadilly Circus a wee bit, but everybody knows that it’s best to see this area at night when it’s all lit up. Even so, we both really enjoyed exploring its surroundings regardless.
5. Stay at the Holiday Inn at Kensington Forum
I’d never stayed in Kensington before, but I’m so glad I did this time around. The area is very swish and very gorgeous.
We found the business suites at the Holiday Inn at Kensington Forum hotel were on a special deal during our dates and just had to lock one down for our 2-night stay! Not only was the room spacious with a king size bed, but we also got access to the Executive Lounge throughout the entire duration of our stay.
Plus, this hotel is right next to Gloucester Road tube station, which made getting around so much easier! It really was a great place to stay – and I’d highly recommend it to anyone.
6. Go shopping on Oxford and Regent Street
Another must do when it comes to how to a spend a weekend in London, I just can’t resist browsing the shops in the Oxford Street/Regent Street area.
There’s just so much choice on offer, whether you’re looking for high street bargains or luxury designer goods.
Nathan and I both picked up a couple of goodies each! You can easily kill a day purely by shopping in this area; however, if you’re limited on time as we were, why not just head there for an afternoon? Shopping mavens will be in heaven.
7. Eat Dinner at Olives Restaurant in Kensington
Finally, another thing to do in terms of how to spend a weekend in London is head to Olives restaurant in Kensington.
We were looking for a place on our last night where we could have a nice dinner when Olives popped up on Google. Not only does the restaurant specialise in amazing Italian food (my favourite), but the reviews were excellent and it was only a two-minute walk from our hotel!
As the food was out of this world, I’d love to go again the next time I’m in London. Are you a foodie too? If so, get yourself there pronto and you’ll be as obsessed as I was.
How to Spend a Weekend in London
Overall, Nathan and I had such a fantastic time during our two nights in London. Sure, it went quickly, but it always does when you’re in the Big Smoke! If you’re heading to the city soon, make sure you follow my tips on how to spend a weekend in London and you’re sure to have the best time. I already can’t wait to get back there!
Do you have any tips in terms of how to spend a weekend in London? Let me know in the comments!