The River Thames is almost as famous as London itself. Winding its way through the heart of the city, it draws in locals and...
London is home to more than eight million people and welcomed a further 19 million tourists last year. Quite simply, it is a huge city with so much to see and do. This means that getting a “true taste” of the capital isn’t easy in a short space of time. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a route that encompasses all of the city’s best bits in a single day.
One of the main things that people associate with London is its world famous landmarks and so no trip to the capital would be complete without some sightseeing. Taking a city cruise along the Thames not only lets you see some of these historic monuments but it also lets you travel in comfort as you absorb the picturesque views.
The cruises are available in various ticket types and can be picked up from five different piers along the river. On your journey you can catch a glimpse of Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and some of the city’s iconic bridges. For first time visitors to London in particular, a city cruise provides one of the best ways of seeing the city’s tourist hotspots.
To get a taste of the rich culture on offer in London, a trip to the National Gallery is a must. The museum contains more than 2,300 paintings, including pieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Michelangelo, which makes it a must-see attraction for art lovers. It is also conveniently located right next to Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s column, letting you tick off another tourist landmark.
The National Gallery is also easily accessible for passengers on the Thames city cruise, located just a 15-minute walk away from the London Eye pier. For visitors in other parts of the capital, the Charing Cross underground station is also just around the corner. The Gallery makes for a great family destination, with creative sessions and special events taking place throughout the year.
Spending the day taking in the sights can prove pretty exhausting, so grabbing a bite to eat is always welcome. Fortunately, London has a fantastic range of cafes and restaurants to keep you feeling energised throughout the day, including Homeslice, located just a short walk from the National Gallery.
Homeslice specialises in making delicious wood fired pizzas topped with simple, fresh ingredients. You can find classic pizzas here, like the margarita, but you’ll also have the choice of more unique combinations such as spiced lamb with savoy cabbage & sumac yoghurt or aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach & harissa. Plus, if you’re in a rush to get to your next destination, you can always grab a slice to go.
The Lyceum Theatre
Travelling by foot from Homeslice to our next stop, the Lyceum Theatre, takes about ten minutes, but make sure you take the time to enjoy some of the area’s beautiful architecture on the way, especially the Royal Opera House.
The Lyceum Theatre has been showing the award-winning Lion King musical since 1999 and so makes a fantastic venue for fans of singing, dancing and musical theatre. How else can you travel to the heart of the Serengeti, without leaving London?
The O Bar
As much as London is about sights, history and culture, most importantly it’s about having fun. The O Bar in Soho, a walk or short bus ride from the Lyceum, has three floors worth of entertainment, each with their own distinct character.
The ground floor is a cocktail bar offering a casual atmosphere and delicious drinks, the first floor is a more refined VIP lounge, while the Below Club gives you the chance to dust off your dance moves in front of top DJs and live music. However you’ve spent your day, a true taste of the capital wouldn’t be complete without letting your hair down at the end of it.