I love taking friends and family around the capital, and have a well established tourist route that I take them along. It’s great! I’ve given a very thorough example below, don’t feel like you have to do all of it, or you will be totally exhausted. But it gives a lot of ideas for the main attractions and a good geographical method to get around efficiently.
- Begin the day early exploring Borough Market before all the tourists ram it packed, getting baking inspiration, and carrying away a loaf of gorgeous artisan bread, and something for lunch later.
- Admire the view of the Shard, then head across the river to climb up Monument and admire the panoramic view of London.
- Pop by St Paul’s Cathedral out of interest, but not worth paying the extortionate fees to go inside.
- Picnic lunch in the form of goodies procured from Borough Market.
- Ready fuelled, head over to Trafalgar Square, and soak up the atmosphere at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Or if you are more gorily minded, head over to the Hunterian Museum.
- Then give your legs a break by popping into the cafe under St-Martin-in-the-Fields and definitely try their apple crumble with generous dashings of custard. If apple crumble isn’t your thing, and you still have some energy in those legs, pop along to Chinatown, grabbing some bubble tea and a slice of Pandan chiffon cake on your way.
- Then hire a Boris bike and cycle through Green Park and Hyde Park until you reach South Kensington. Admire Buckingham Palace along the way.
- Get even more cultural education from the V&A, or the Science Museum or Natural History Museum.
- Dinner somewhere like the Dutch Pancake House near High Street Kensington
- Finally, an evening concert at the Royal Albert Hall, or a trip to the Piano Bar just further along High Street Ken to call the end to a busy busy day!