How to Spend a Wonderful Weekend in London

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Planning a weekend in London? The English capital carries an incredible buzz over the weekend, regardless of what time of year you opt to visit. London hotels special offers make it easier than ever to book a weekend getaway without breaking the bank. Once you’re in the city, the fun can begin!

Where to stay for a weekend in London

Before you organise your itinerary, you need to choose where to stay in London. Grand Royale Hotel London is a conveniently located accommodation choice that offers clean, contemporary rooms at a wallet-friendly rate. The property welcomes families, couples, and corporate travellers alike. 

How to Spend a Weekend in London

We’ve collated some of the coolest things to do at the weekend in London. Feel free to mix up our tips to better suit your schedule, personal requirements, and the season of your visit. 

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Friday 

Welcome to London! Spend some time relaxing in your room before heading out to experience London’s nightlife. 

Celebratory drinks in London

Spend your first evening in the energetic city toasting an exciting weekend ahead. Grand Royale London Hyde Park Restaurant is an ornate venue where you can sip a glass of wine or sample a craft cocktail with a scrumptious appetiser. 

Laugh your socks off

If you love to giggle, snap up tickets to a stand-up comedy act. This is a great way to connect with the unique sense of humour of the Brits! Covent Garden and Leicester Square are hotspots for comedy nights. Check out what’s on at the Covent Garden Comedy Club, the Top Secret Comedy Club, or the Boat Show Comedy Club as a starting point. 

Catch a show

London’s West End is world-famous for its exceptional stage shows that include musicals, dance productions, and plays. If you want to see something specific, plan ahead and secure tickets at the same time you book your stay at the Grand Royale Hotel London. Alternatively, you can call the box office and enquire about last-minute deals.

Saturday

Saturdays bring hustle and bustle to the streets of London. Residents flit around the city running errands, seeing friends, and savouring every moment out of the office. Day trippers from nearby cities arrive, eager to make the most of the weekend. Here are some excellent things to do in London on a Saturday. 

Browse London’s markets

London is bursting with street markets where you can pick up bargain souvenirs and artisanal food products. Borough Market is open daily and is your one-stop shop for fresh produce and pantry items to take home. ​​Maltby Street Market (Saturdays and Sundays only) sees vendors dish up cuisine from all around the world. Ideal for guests of Bayswater accommodation, Portobello Road Market (Monday to Saturday) is a haven for antique enthusiasts. 

Take in the views at Sky Garden

Wake up bright and early and secure the first slot of the day to London’s best free observation platform. Sky Garden is located at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London. You will not miss the tower that is shaped like a walkie-talkie! The view is phenomenal and you can stroll through the botanical garden as well. Admission is free but you must reserve your slot in advance. The earlier you go, the quieter the experience.

Mooch around a museum

London’s cultural offering spans over 200 museums and galleries on just about every historical period, modern invention, and art genre you could possibly think of. Most institutions offer free entry to their permanent galleries. But, if you scored excellent London hotels special offers, you can treat yourself to tickets and browse a special exhibition. 

Pop into a palace

If you are visiting London during the summer months, you can take a tour of Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II’s official London residence and office is open to the public only between July and October. You can visit the State Apartments and gardens while tuning into an audio guide narrated by Prince Charles. Advance booking is essential. At other times of the year, we recommend visiting the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. Both of these palaces shed interesting light on British history and the secrets of the monarchy. 

Savour an afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is an extravagance that everyone must experience at least once in their lifetime. The meal sees a presentation of dainty finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves, and sweet cakes and biscuits. It’s served with tea and a glass of bubbles if you wish. 

Sunday

Sunday is a day of rest and relaxation. We recommend taking it easy with a slow morning and turning Sunday into a culinary adventure. 

Breakfast

Book your hotel stay direct and you will receive a complimentary breakfast at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Restaurant. This is the perfect start to the day, especially if you take your time and linger over every bite of toast or sip of steaming coffee!

Explore London on foot

London is wonderfully walkable. You could ride the tube or bus to a neighbourhood you are not familiar with and spend the morning exploring the streets, shops, and attractions. Maida Vale “Little Venice” is one such example of beauty and tranquillity. If you have surplus energy, you could follow the towpath from this canal district and head eastward towards Hackney.

Sunday roast

Tuck into England’s favourite family meal. The traditional Sunday roast brings together roasted meat, vegetables, and potatoes with a side of Yorkshire pudding. This hefty meal will nourish your soul and fill your stomach for hours. London pubs serve Sunday lunches year-round but this feast is best-suited to the autumn and winter months. 

Picnic in the park

Londoners love a picnic when the summer season brings warm temperatures and extended hours of daylight to the city. Prepare a picnic from the closest supermarket, bakery, or market and head to a park of your choosing. Hyde Park and St James’s Park are convenient from your Bayswater accommodation but you can always head further afield to Hampstead Heath or Battersea Park.