A long weekend in London is nothing short of an absolute treat. With the world’s best food, art, entertainment and nightlife at your feet, not to mention green spaces, famous faces, sporting events and iconic buildings, having a long weekend to enjoy everything the city has to offer means you can pack in more than enough to fill your social media feed with dozens of amazing pictures and create lasting memories.
Whether you’re staying at the Grand Park London Paddington with your partner and want a romantic weekend in the capital or are travelling with friends and family for a fun-filled trip, we have your itinerary covered.
Read on for 7 things you must do with a long weekend at one of our Paddington hotels…
1. Sleep in!
Yes, you read that right. We know London has bags to offer and you want to explore as much of it as possible but you’re on a mini-break after all. Enjoy your wonderfully comforting bed, sleep in and then order room service or linger over breakfast at the Grand Park London Paddington restaurant. This is a great way to relax into your stay and build up your energy reserves for a non-stop weekend.
2. Go to a gallery
Whether you’re a long-time art fan who loves the old masters, prefer photography or love modern art forms such as street art, there is sure to be a gallery to suit your tastes in London. The city is a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces in its many forms with priceless works from the likes of Van Gogh and Michelangelo just as easy to find as urban art from experimental and up and coming artists.
3. Book tickets for a show
Musical, comedy or drama – whatever your theatrical tastes, you’ll find a show performing most nights to suit. London’s West End is a brightly lit legend, packed to the rafters with wonderfully atmospheric theatres, some of the biggest and best stage shows to be found anywhere in the world and more than a few famous faces treading the board. If you aren’t too fussed what you see and simply want to revel in the experience of seeing a show in the West End, you can usually pick tickets up on the day. If on the other hand you want to enjoy a well-known show like The Lion King, it’s advisable to book in advance. The team at our Paddington hotels will be able to assist if needed.
4. People watch at a street café
You simply can’t beat soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of a city with a piping hot coffee and a cake or two. Find a pavement café, pull up a chair and simply relax. Bring a book or newspaper and pass an hour or two just observing and taking it all in. Bliss!
London’s brunch culture is world class and no matter what type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, there’s a London brunch to suit.
6. Or afternoon tea
If you can’t make brunch or fancy partaking in a quintessentially British tradition – perhaps to mark a special occasion – we highly recommend an afternoon tea. This is the ultimate in old-fashioned English civility with tea (or champagne) served alongside dainty sandwiches, delectable morsels of cake and myriad other treats.
7. Ride a red open top bus
Riding a red open top bus isn’t just a traditional London experience; it’s also a great way to pack in a lot of sightseeing without walking miles and miles around the city. Try staying on for a full loop and then hop off at the spots you really want to see more of.