How to Spend a Week in London

As the capital and largest city in both England and the United Kingdom, it’s no wonder 27 million people visit the city every year. This cosmopolitan, world-class city has roots that date back at least to the Bronze Age. Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s most important global centers. Between its lengthy history, its laundry list of notable sites, and its growing food scene, figuring out how to spend a week in London can be a daunting task.

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One area of London that is sure to delight travelers of all types is Paddington. This bustling area is centrally located, which makes traveling to London’s most popular attractions fairly easy. Staying at one of the hotels near Paddington Station is a good way to ensure that you’re able to get around easily. The area’s namesake train station, Paddington Station, is a great place to hop a trail elsewhere in the city and check out the 22 statues of Paddington Bear that call it home.

The nearby Floating Park is a great place to take children, as the park is a wonderful spot for a picnic. Afterward, take your little ones to nearby Merchant Square, where they can splash around in the water maze fountain. Little Venice and Paddington Basin are both ideal for going for boat rides down the canals of Paddington. Also, don’t miss the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum. There, you learn more about the man who discovered penicillin and tour his lab!

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If you’d like a nice place to relax for a few hours in-between sight-seeing, look no further than Hyde Park. The lakes, walking paths, and bike trails of this expansive patch of serenity make it the perfect spot to get in some exercise or just admire nature. It’s one of the best things to do when you spend a week in London.

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial is among the park’s most popular attractions. Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens are also nearby. After you’ve spent some time in the park, visit one of the many restaurants near Hyde Park for a delicious meal!

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Of course, with the American fascination with the Royal Family at a high, visiting Buckingham Palace is a must. Tours of the building the royals call home are only offered from mid-July through September and on select dates in the winter and spring. But if museums are more your thing, I suggest the National Gallery. Also, It’s free to enter and boasts an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist paintings from the 13th-19th centuries.

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London’s history can be both felt and seen at the city’s emblematic Westminster Abbey. It stays busy, so the staff keeps visitors flowing in and out at a brisk pace. Take the 90-minute tour if you’d like to take your time. Then, if you’re itching for some entertainment, catch a theatre show on the West End. And if you’d rather blow off some steam, a trip to the department stores and buzzing bars and clubs of Piccadilly Circus is always a great option. Of course, don’t forget to treat yourself to a stay at one of the 4 star hotels in London to make your time in the city even more special!

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Regardless of how you spend a week in London, it will be seven days of discovery and adventure. It’s a city everyone should experience at least once. I think you’ll love it just as much as I do. So book a trip to London today and make a week of it!

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