Tube around London in Three Days0
Three days in London may not be the most conventional holiday. You won’t be able to spend your time lazing on the sandy beaches of the Thames, and there might not be an opportunity to abseil down the Gherkin, but London has some of the best attractions and historical monuments in the world. At Les Routiers we have put together a helpful guide that highlights the top locations to visit in London spread over three days, hopping on and off the tube.
From Waterloo station travel on the Jubilee Line to Westminster and take a four minute stroll to Westminster Abbey. Steeped in more than a thousand years of history, the Abbey is filled with monuments, decadent carvings and magnificent stained glass windows. It is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation’s history are buried such as William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Vere, and Sir Isaac Newton. Take in the spectacular architecture of the Abbey with a tour, your guide will help you explore this incredible building, pointing out the stunning medieval structures, which showcase some of the best examples of ‘Old London’.
Opposite the Abbey is the Houses of Parliament. Tours take in both the House of Commons and House of Lords, but remember -don’t sit down on those tempting Red and Green leather backed benches! On Monday through to Thursday, visitors can attend Prime Ministers Questions, this gives the public the chance to sit in the galleries and observe heated debates, or a grilling of Mr. Cameron.
Located on the Southbank is The London Eye. Offering the best views over London, you can see around 25 miles from the top – as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day. Through to the end of August, The Eye remains open till 9:30pm, so you can witness London coming alive as the city goes from a hive of business activity to a destination for clubs, restaurants and bars. Experience special evening events such as ‘Eye Nights’, where you can sip on a chilled glass of Pommery Royal champagne while taking in the breathtaking London skyline.
If you visit The Eye during the day; why not have a spot of lunch? A fantastic choice would be The Les Routiers listed establishment Café in The Crypt. From Embankment tube station, take the Bakerloo line to Charing Cross, and head towards Trafalgar square. The Cafe is located in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Inside, there is a warm welcome awaiting you from the staff, and vaulted ceilings that simply take your breath away.. The kitchen produce fabulous fresh dishes that prove the 18th century architecture isn’t the only feast for the eyes!
Your second day begins with a visit to Buckingham Palace. Until the end of September, celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Coronation. To mark this special occasion, Buckingham Palace hosts an exhibition showcasing a spectacular array of dress, uniform and robes worn by the principal royal party. Works of art, paintings and objects used on the day are on display to recreate the atmosphere of that extraordinary occasion.
After an afternoon of sunbathing in Hyde Park, walk from Tottenham Court Road station to Soho for dinner. A great place to eat would be the Delhi Brasserie, located on Frith Street; this Brasserie has been serving the finest quality Indian cuisine to the discerning diner for over 25 years, open until 12am on most nights.From Buckingham Palace take a saunter to Hyde Park. The Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. The park offers various recreational activities such as open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. Why not pack a picnic for lunch while you take in the scenery?
Visit the Tower of London, and learn about ‘The Royal Beasts’ that inhabited the Tower. Join the famous Yeoman Warders commonly known as ‘Beefeaters’on a guided tour, they will certainly entertain you with tales of intrigue, imprisonment, and execution.
The highlight of the day for all the family could be a visit to London Zoo. Filled with a range of fun interactive games, such as the Splash Zone, a water-based zone near the café where children play and learn how water gives life and the importance of conserving the environment. Take a walk to the brand new Tiger Territory, and experience lush foliage of the jungle as you get closer than ever to see these awesome Sumatran tigers.
London’s attractions provide fantastic history & entertainment. Les Routiers establishments provide great food, great service and outstanding value for money. What more do you need for a trip around London? Air conditioning on the tube would be nice!