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Superb short breaks in London

City breaks in London can be as energetic or relaxed as you want them to be. Combine culture and history, or see a new side to the British capital – and uncover the many different customs and lifestyles each neighbourhood depicts.

London has everything, from deluxe designer shopping and grandiose museums in the heart of the city to bustling markets and lazy park strolls in West London. Our fascinating history is laid bare, so visit the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels, or walk along The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Alternatively, see a more contemporary side to London – visit Camden Lock, head east to discover Hackney’s hip bar scene or pick up a bargain at Spitalfields Market. Dine on fantastic food from Michelin-starred bistros in plush hotels in London, get a full English breakfast in a greasy spoon, or join locals for lunch at a gastropub. The choice is yours.

Royal celebrations in London

Royal celebrations in London.

The Queen turns 90 on 21 April this year. London will be pulling out all the stops in honour of this milestone occasion, with a series of very special events and exhibitions taking place in the capital throughout the summer months and beyond. As well as plenty of opportunities to spot Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh, you can expect to find the city bedecked with bunting and an electric atmosphere as the celebrations get under way.

Find out more about the Royal celebrations.

Shakespeare.

The perfect Shakespeare package

Shakespeare is as synonymous with English culture as tea and cake. From tours, to hotels, to car hire, we’ve created the perfect Shakespeare package for literature lovers visiting London.

Where to stay: Hilton London Bankside
Hilton Bankside.

Where to stay: Hilton London Bankside

Within strolling distance of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Hilton London Bankside is ideally placed for visiting the famous theatre. With the Tate Modern also just a stone’s throw away, this boutique luxury hotel really is the perfect base for those who appreciate the arts. Industrial chic is showcased throughout the Bankside, with quirky features including hidden origami foxes and 1600 original English pennies set into The Distillery Bar wall. Unwind in this stylish setting with a signature cocktail or enjoy a relaxing dip in the 17-metre pool.

What to see: Shakespeare tours
Globe.

What to see: Shakespeare tours

Visit the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare, when you book our Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition experience. Through interactive displays and live demonstrations, Elizabethan London and the history of the iconic Globe Theatre are brought to life. The story then continues with a captivating half-day tour of the Globe itself. Or why not combine a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace – picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon – with a tour of the scenic Cotswolds, medieval Warwick Castle and historic Oxford? Our Warwick Castle, Oxford, Stratford & The Cotswolds experience combines these quintessentially English destinations into one unforgettable tour.

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The perfect royal break

What better way to experience the British capital, than by visiting the homes and haunts of the British Royal Family? We have compiled the perfect package, taking in London’s royal residences and most opulent hotels – fit for a king (or queen).

Where to stay: The Rubens at the Palace
Rubens.

Where to stay: The Rubens at the Palace

Feel like royalty as a guest of The Rubens at the Palace. Boasting a prestigious location opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, this four star luxury star hotel epitomises regal elegance. Traditional opulence effortlessly combines with contemporary chic at this historic address. Indulge in lavish afternoon tea while overlooking the Royal Mews – you might even be lucky enough to see Her Majesty passing in her carriage. Or tuck into a succulent roast dinner at The Old Masters Carvery and Grill. With Victoria Station just a few steps away, exploring London from The Rubens couldn’t be easier.

Book by 31 May 2016 and enjoy one complimentary Royal Afternoon Tea per stay, subject to availability.

What to see: Morning London tour
Royal.

What to see: Morning London tour

Our tour begins with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square to see the stately Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. You’ll stop at magnificent Kensington Palace – the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales – as well as taking in the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial. You will then visit London’s crowning glory – Buckingham Palace, to see the colourful spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. The tour concludes at iconic Trafalgar Square.

Where else to stay: the best of the rest
Royal Horseguards.

Get the royal treatment at these other top London hotels

In London’s prestigious Whitehall area and overlooking the River Thames, The Royal Horseguards showcases five-star Victorian elegance with modern flair. Indulge in decadent afternoon tea at The Lounge, or award-winning contemporary cuisine at One Twenty One Two. Or opt for the sophisticated luxury of renowned Park Lane address, The Grosvenor House. Within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, this iconic Mayfair hotel was where a seven year-old Queen Elizabeth II learned to ice skate. In the heart of upmarket Knightsbridge – close to Harrods and Hyde Park – The Rembrandt combines historic and boutique styling at a superb-value four star rate.

Where to go: complete your royal London experience
Windsor Castle.

Where to go: complete your royal London experience

No luxury break in London could be complete without taking afternoon tea at one of the city’s iconic five star hotels – we recommend The Savoy, The Ritz or The Dorchester. Travel by train or hire car to majestic Royal Windsor Castle, followed by Pimms on the lawn of the prestigious Guards Polo Club – a favourite of the Royals. For the perfect end to a spring day in London, enjoy a Champagne picnic while watching an open-air theatre performance at royal Regent’s Park.

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Create your perfect London weekend itinerary

Tick off the top sights and experiences on a whistle-stop weekend tour of London. Pop on some comfortable shoes and a waterproof, grab a map and prepare to clock up those steps.

Day 1 – Saturday
Lion statue.

Day 1 – Saturday

First call of the day is South Kensington, which is home to three of London’s best (and free) museums. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with the fantastic Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum competing for your attention. Afterwards take a walk through Hyde Park (home to Kensington Palace) to Notting Hill Gate. From here you can pretty much follow the crowds to the iconic Portobello Market, one of the world’s largest antiques markets and a must-do if you’re visiting at the weekend. Next, hop on a red bus (another thing ticked off the list) to Hyde Park Corner, where it’s only a short walk to some of London’s most iconic attractions. Walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace. Then continue through St. James Park to Westminster, for a glimpse of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – make sure to peer down Downing Street (home to the Prime Minister). Walk up Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square, where you can take a photograph with Nelson’s Column and the famous lion statues. End your day in Covent Garden, for dinner and drinks.

Day 2 – Sunday
Treasure box.

Day 2 – Sunday

On Sunday venture into East London, to mingle with the hipsters. Get the Overground to Hoxton and start your day at Columbia Road flower market (Sunday’s only). Absorb the early morning buzz, as people laden with beautiful flowers flood by. Fight the crowds to get to the tiny shops that line the street. Walk on to the top of Brick Lane, for its Sunday market. Browse wares old and new and pick up delicious street food or unique trinkets from the stalls. Move on to the famous Spitalfields area, which now offers a more upmarket vibe. In the afternoon, get the tube (another must-do London experience) to Baker Street, made famous by fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and home to The Sherlock Holmes Museum. Just beyond here, you’ll discover the sprawling greenery of Regent’s Park. Spend some time exploring, hire a rowboat on the lake or go to London Zoo. To finish off, find a pub that serves a traditional Sunday roast – the perfect end to your day.

Day 3 – Monday
Snow man statue.

Day 3 – Monday

Monday begins at the Tate Modern, where you can see a collection of London’s best contemporary art. Afterwards, enjoy a quick sit down with an incredible view at the restaurant on level 6. Or pop to Borough Market - a foodie’s favourite - for lunch. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the picturesque South Bank, pass the Globe Theatre, gaze up at The Shard and see the historic HMS Belfast. Next, walk over Tower Bridge and make your way to the Tower of London. If you go inside, make sure you wait for the Beefeater guided tour. Enjoy a trip along the river from Tower Pier to Embankment, then hop on the tube to Oxford Circus (you’ll exit on the corner of Oxford Street and Regent Street). Nearby you’ll find famous London stores Hamleys and Liberty’s, as well as Carnaby Street – which was iconic in the 1960s. Weave your way to Piccadilly Circus – stopping for a photograph in front of the dazzling lights. Stroll to Leicester Square, which is always abuzz with tourists. Then nip up to China Town for a delicious dinner.

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