How To Spend A Long Weekend In London
You may not have considered Hampton Court hotels for your trip to London with your family, but we are perfectly located (and more than knowledgeable) to inform your itinerary. You may be surprised to learn that you can reach London in an hour by car – we really are one of the most convenient hotels near Hampton Court.
Day One Arrival & Sightseeing
If you want to get your bearings, a hop on hop off bus tour is a good way to get a sense of the city as soon as you arrive. Depending on when you want to check in, this can be a great way to discover more with your family in a short amount of time; forget feeling flustered, trying to navigate a map or keep everyone happy – we can look after your luggage until your room is ready. The great thing about these bus tours is that you can get on and off at any stop – we recommend getting off at Hyde Park. You can rent a boat, enjoy the gardens and memorial playground and even take a tour of Kensington Palace. It’s a great way to start off your trip to London and if your timings are right, you will see the Horse Guard Parade – alternatively, head to Buckingham Palace early one morning for the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Both are well worth waiting for. If you want to stay closer to the hotel, then Hampton Court is just a stone’s throw away and a pleasant place to visit that will help get the entire family into holiday mode.
Day Two Exploring & The Thames
Royal London is unforgettable, so your first stop should be Westminster Abbey. You can reach here via tube or the bus we mentioned earlier. If you are short on time, an audio guide is a great way to understand everything around you; there’s plenty to see as the Abbey is the final resting place for many famous authors and poets – not forgetting royalty – so your family will learn plenty during your time there. Once you’ve been there, you can take a walk to the Thames and catch a boat to the Tower of London where you can also see Tower Bridge. Picture perfect landmark locations for sure – and a great point in which to catch a river cruise back to Hampton Court and our hotel for dinner over looking the river.
Day Three Even More To See
Leicester Square is a great place to start day three thanks to the sights, billboards and shops. Enjoy a learning-free zone and some retail therapy – you can even continue to Covent Garden for lunch and even more shopping if your feet can take it. It won’t take long to reach St Paul’s Cathedral from here, and this site offers incredible views over London from the Dome. We can’t think of a better way to spend the day shopping and with a monument that has stood for over 1400 years.
Day Four Until Next Time
This final day of your long weekend could be spent in many places – the South Bank and London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Borough Market, Camden… the list is endless and it will make you realise that a week-long visit (or multiple city breaks throughout the year) make perfect sense. We highly recommend finding time for the British Museum, Hamley’s, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and one of the many tours and sites including Warner Bros Studio Making of Harry Potter, the Sherlock Holmes museum, a Beatles walking tour, ghost tours and the Paddington bear tour. However you decide to spend your final day, be sure to make the most of our traditional hotel, until we see you again.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming itinerary that will be available as a free download.