Will you be finding yourself in London soon, but only have a few days to spare? Or are you just in need of inspiration for what to do when you get there? This weekend guide will help you plan your short trip in no time!
Because I am studying abroad in England and have classes during the week, I only have the weekend to do the majority of my exploring. During my trip to London, I walked absolutely everywhere. I love walking because chances are you will come across something unexpected and be able to experience that, too. Once you arrive, if you plan it correctly, you can avoid public transportation altogether (and save some $$$,) or make sure you have easy access to the tube.
A few pre-travel tips I’ve learned:
- Check with your phone provider if you will have data in another country. Luckily, with T-Mobile I have unlimited data abroad so I can use my Google Maps app.
- If you cannot use the app, make sure you get a physical map at the bus station, or print one out before you go. With Google maps you can add multiple destinations, and it will find you the quickest route to each, and you can print that out.
- SHOES. Make them comfy or you will be miserable and grumpy. Don’t wear white shoes (just don’t,) I ruined my favorites 🙁
I’ll give you the map of the route I used, and you can even print that out! (YAY!) Mine are walking maps, but the red circles with the blue line through them indicate underground transportation, so you can easily hop on that!
Day one in London:
Chances are, you will arrive to Victoria Bus Station. There are buses from nearly all of England and London Heathrow Airport that will bring you there. Get more info/tickets here.
Take a picture with one of the iconic red phone booths, or even call home from one!
London Eye and Thames River
Near London Eye there are a ton of tourist attractions, especially when you are looking for package deals. Ride the London Eye and go on a boat ride in the river, in addition to roaming inside the eerie London Dungeon.
Day two in London:
Buckingham Palace, Changing of the guards
This was definitely a crazy experience with tons of people, but definitely a must see if it is happening the day you are there. Get there early for a good spot, due to the crowds. And make sure you check the schedule here.
Eat lunch here if you like Chinese food. Check out Yelp and try out some amazing food!
Tired from walking? This is a beautiful place to take a nap, or you can get a paddle boat and take it out on the water.
Since everyone walks at a different pace, it is best to have Yelp handy so that you can look up some well-known places nearby. If you don’t have access to data, do it in advance and add some places you are interested in to your map.
I highly recommend St. George’s Tavern. It is right behind Victoria Station and had the nicest server. Between our fish and chips, British beef pie and brownie sundaes, our food was delicious!
Where to stay:
Since I am a college student on a budget, the number one priority when looking at hotels was the price. Four of us stayed at Holly House Hotel for one night because it was not only the cheapest, but it was also right next to Victoria Station; therefore, the perfect location between everything we wanted to see. It is definitely not the best hotel, but provided us with everything we needed for the night.
Good luck with your travels everyone, and I hope you enjoy every minute of it.