Three days in London - all the classics you simply can't miss - day 3
So far in our 3-day tour of the city we’ve seen some world-famous sights, been shopping on Oxford Street and taken a break in London’s beautiful parks. On our last day, it’s time for a more relaxed change of pace, with a leisurely ride on the London Eye. Next, be prepared to be impressed in some of London’s museums such as the Victoria & Albert and the Natural History Museum before enjoying your last night dining out in style.
10.00 – Harrods
Start your final day in London in style at the infamous and luxurious Harrods
department store. Set over several floors like a kind of luxury bazaar, it’s an enjoyable place to wander around or simply people-watch over a morning coffee and pastry in one of the store’s cafés.
11.00 – Kensington’s Museum Mile
From Harrods you’re not far from the iconic museums centred in and around the exclusive Kensington area of London. Museums have free entry (you only have to pay for special exhibitions), so you can enjoy the freedom of wandering from one museum to the other to capture the flavour of the impressive contents.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
is a museum about art and design with thousands of artefacts and exhibitions from across the world, while the nearby Natural History Museum
(complete with Dippy, the diplodocus skeleton, displayed in the grand hall) and the Science Museum
are great options for families. The more travel-minded may well prefer checking out the National Geographical Society
, which has regular exhibitions the public can drop in to look at.
14.00 – Hyde Park
This part of London is where many of the foreign embassies also reside. On the stroll up from the museums to Hyde Park, you’ll pass the Iranian Embassy, well known for the siege
that took place there in 1980, which brought the British SAS (special forces) into the public eye for the first time. Hyde Park
is another of London’s renowned Royal Parks and a stroll along the Serpentine, the Park’s recreational lake, is peaceful. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, hire a pedalo to get a view from the water.
15.00 – Afternoon tea at The Wolseley
You can’t visit Britain without embarking on a traditional spot of afternoon tea. While you’ll find most of the four and 5-star hotels in London offer afternoon tea, The Wolseley
is the place to go if you want to do it properly. The grand interior dates back to the 1920s and is all grand archways and exotic Eastern influence. The afternoon tea, however, is British through and through, complete with scones, jam and clotted cream, finger sandwiches and a tummy-rumbling array of cakes. All served with the finest English tea, of course.
16.30 – South Bank and the London Eye
As you come rolling out of your afternoon tea foray, a stroll along the River Thames will be well in order. Head over to the Southbank – one of the liveliest stretches of the river – to take in some of London’s finest attractions. A favourite with street performers, talented skateboarders
and those who like to happen upon the latest pop-up restaurant or outdoor art exhibition, the Southbank has something of interest to most people.
The London Aquarium
and the Tate Modern
are both located here, as well as the Southbank Centre
, which usually has some artistic displays going on and in the least is a great place to stop for a drink on the outdoor terrace. The iconic London Eye
is also found on this stretch of river, and there’s no finer place to wend away your final daylight hours in London than here. Clamber aboard your pod and take a glimpse over London once more from some heady heights - on a clear day the views stretch for miles.
19.00 – Dinner and music
Make sure you kick back and really enjoy yourself on your last evening in London. There are plenty of areas across the city that are buzzing with musical activity. Camden Town is one such place, with more grungy music venues than you could imagine, offering live music from up-and-coming acts every night. Try The Black Heart
, the Purple Turtle
, the Jazz Café
or The Forge and Foundry
, which also serves food from a distinctly un-grungy restaurant. Another impressive eating option in Camden is Shaka Zulu
, a mega South African-themed restaurant and bar that also often has live music. The Camden Roundhouse
is a popular, intimate venue for big-name musicians – check the schedule in advance to see if there’s anyone you fancy watching.
Elsewhere in London, dinner and music cabarets are especially popular at the moment, giving you a full evening in one venue. Try Black Cat at Café de Paris
or Cellar Door at Zero Aldwych
. Alternatively, if you’re more of a stickler for an intimate meal and good conversation, head over to Ten Manchester Street
. Also a hotel, the new chef at the restaurant, Christian Gaimarri, is an up-and-coming chef serving out-of-this-world food. For afters, head out to the heated cigar terrace and select one of Cuba’s finest cigars from the humidor to accompany a post-dinner cocktail. Now that’s a farewell to London in style…until next time.