Whether you’re there for a few hours only or a full overnight stay, a layover in England’s capital is an amazing addition to a holiday. From how to travel to and from the centre to the city’s must-see attractions, here’s a simple guide to making the most of a stopover in London.
Pre-arrange your logistics
When you’re making the rest of your travel plans, pre-arrange your logistics for your London stay too. This will give you peace of mind, and means you know exactly how much time you have to enjoy the capital.
The train is the best option for travelling in London. The speedy Underground interlinks each destination in the centre, and overground trains run directly between Gatwick Airport and the main stations. Its also much smoother and simpler than trying to tackle the city centre roads in a hire car.
The major train stations in London such as King’s Cross and St. Pancras have left luggage facilities that you can use to securely store your bags while you’re exploring the city.
Where to visit during a London layover
The official residence of the royal family, Buckingham Palace is London’s most iconic attraction. Tourists can look around the inside of the palace, or you can simply admire the architecture from the outside.
One of the most famous things to see at Buckingham Palace is the Changing of the Guard, a military ceremony that occurs several times a week between 10am – 11am.
Natural History Museum
Travelling with children? A visit to the Natural History Museum is a must.
Best known for its dinosaur exhibit, this interactive museum is as exhilarating as it is educational for children of all ages. Learn about all aspects of the natural world, from the depths of the ocean to outer space, from extinct animals to creatures that have only just been discovered.
If there’s one thing that’s synonymous with English culture, it’s the internationally-renowned playwright William Shakespeare whose plays are performed across the globe to this day.
Although not the original building, Shakespeare’s Globe gives you the chance to experience his plays as they would have been performed when he was alive. With traditional Tudor architecture and exceptionally talented actors, tourists can transport themselves back in time.
Tower of London
For an insight into London’s more grisly history, you should head to the Tower of London. This imposing historic site on the banks of the Thames offers an insight into the city’s dark secrets, but rest assured it’s still child friendly!
Wander the walls of this mammoth prison where actors and special effects await to bring the past to life. Children can follow a special trail and find objects as they go. Highlights include learning about the famous executions that took place here, and being able to see the Crown Jewels up close