London is such a great city to walk in and discover. It might actually my favorite place in the world. The kind of place I would see myself live in. After a first trip there in 2012, it was time for to come back, at least for a few days. Last year, my husband and I decided to spend a long week-end (3 days) there. As it was his first time in London, I wanted to make sure to show him the best places around. Here’s what we managed to see / do.
Day 1 :
Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios
Everyone knowing us know how big fans we are of the Harry Potter saga. As the Warner Bros studios open not so long ago, it was obviously one of our dreams to visit it. We took the special Harry Potter bus (from central London) and arrived at the studios at 11 am. Check here our detailed review about the studios. We finished our visit and went back to London by 4pm. For both kids and adults, we highly recommend you to take half a day for this tour; it is truly a magical experience !
As the Harry Potter bus dropped us off on Baker Street, we decided to visit the Madam Tussauds museum which was a few meters away. This is such a fun museum to visit! Not all the wax statues are nicely made, but there are still a lot of them that worth seeing and picturing. It’s also greatly made, with different departments (Hollywood, singers, political, history, movies). I especially like the Star Wars exhibition. There are many Madame Tussauds museums around the world, but honestly, London’s is one of the best.
An evening in Oxford Street / Piccadily Circus
How to better finish our day than by strolling in Oxford Street? It’s always a pleasure to shop in this incredible street, but it’s even more special during winter with all the lights surrounding you. And of course, don’t miss the Piccadilly Circus square that remind you of a tiny Times Square. You’ll see tons of shops, stores with famous brands here. It’s typically your dream place when it comes to shopping.
Day 2 :
Tower of London
We started our second day by heading to this beautiful castle. Tower of London is rich of history and has been for centuries the center of power of the British monarchy. Even today, you can admire treasures such as the jewels of the British royals. We loved the visit of the different towers and gardens. For a good visit, plan at least 3 hours for discovering both the insides and outside.
We continued our historical visit by the most emblematic place of the capital: Buckingham Palace. We crossed the Green Park and found ourselves at the gates of the Palace. After some pictures taken, we headed back to the Green Park and ordered our lunch in the famous Hard Rock Cafe.
It was finally time to step up into this gigantic Ferris wheel to get an amazing view on all London. Thanks to our fast passes, we didn’t have queue at all. We had an amazing time inside, admiring London’s beauty. The London Eye was one of the highlights of our trip !
Westminster / Big Ben
Strolling past the London Eye, we arrived next to the beautiful Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. It was a day rich in History with beautiful monuments that we discovered.
Day 3 :
We woke up on our third day and decided to walk in the Notting Hill neighbourhood. Notting Hill is a famous district in London, with rich colorful little houses. We continued our walk until the Portobello market.
A show in SoHo
For our last night, we booked tickets to see the Lion King performance in the center of the SoHo district. It was a wonderful night;the show was great with wonderful actors. After the show, we wandered in the very lively SoHo. This is a district famous for its pubs, restaurants and great atmosphere at evenings/nights. Of course, the Christmas decorations are adding much more to the perfect atmosphere.