One week in London
If a couple of days are not enough, here are all the main attractions, events and activities not to be missed in a week’s holiday in London. Of Hyde Park, Piccadillly, London Eye, Tower Bridge and the main attractions, you will find excellent cues from our London guide in 4 days.
With more time available, you can relax with a splendid cruise on the Thames. Admire the beautiful skyscraper The Shard, with spectacular views of the city, from its 310 meters high. Maybe you can organize an excursion to Stonehenge, two hours away from the capital.
On a week’s holiday in London (or even less), it would be impossible not to set foot in the Harrods department store. Twelve million customers each year buy in the famous store, going out with the famous green envelopes with golden writing. An iconic place that goes far beyond the very idea of shopping; it is a real tourist destination. The department stores are located on Brompton Road, in one of the richest areas of London. Inside, 7 floors (two of which are underground) and over 300 departments await you, with the whole inspired by Ancient Egypt.
In London the winter sales start on December 26th: Harrods applies exceptional discounts. If you love shopping, you should absolutely catapult yourself into this huge warehouse where you can find everything, including the most exclusive souvenirs of the British capital. Right inside these famous stores, you might decide to stop for dinner; among meat, fresh fish, Japanese, Italian, or a typical fish and chip expertly prepared at the “Sea Grill” you will be spoiled for choice.
It is open every day, from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 21.00. Sunday from 11.30 to 18.00.
If you can’t resist your unstoppable shopping impulse, take a trip to Oxford Street. Here, large clothing chains await you. From Primark, known for fairly cheap prices, you can find fantastic clothes or accessories. Shortly afterwards, going down to your left, is Selfridges, one of the most important warehouses in the world. It is divided over 6 floors and over 40,000 square meters. you will find great brands, but also 11 refreshment points and many services.
Continue to the intersection of Oxford Circus, one of the busiest intersections in the world! On the right you will find the famous Regent Street known for its luxury shops, and for the Christmas lights that attract thousands of tourists. Further on is Carnaby Street.
The street is renowned for being the frequent venue for fantastic shopping events, live music and pop-up concepts. You will walk between independent boutiques and “made in London” fashion brands like Paul Smith, Fred Perry, Ben Sherman.
ONE WEEK IN LONDON: CATHEDRAL ST PAUL
The dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, second only to that of Rome, soars over the whole city. A magnificent place, not to be missed in a week’s holiday in London.
You can reach the dome by climbing a series of stairs that lead to three galleries. The most famous of the three is the Whispering Gallery (gallery of whispers); the name resides in the very particularity of the place, in which the words whispered near the wall resound from any point of the gallery. Continuing up the stairs you reach the Golden Gallery, the highest of the three. From here, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the City and the Thames.
The greatest religious events in the English capital have always been celebrated in St Paul: from Lord Nelson’s funerals to Winston Churchill’s, on the hundredth birthday of the Queen Mother, to the marriage of Lady Diana with Prince Charles. In addition, the church houses tombs and memorial plaques of famous British figures.
St Paul’s Cathedral is easily accessible by public transport. The eponymous stop on the Central metro line is just a few minutes away. St Paul is open for visits from Monday to Saturday, from 08.30 to 16.00
Every Sunday the Cathedral is open exclusively for religious functions.
With almost 5 million visitors each year, the Tate Modern in London ranks among the best modern art museums in the world. To make it so famous, in addition to the works they contain, the structure itself that houses this museum: the Bankside Power Station. It is a former thermoelectric power plant, with enormous dimensions.
The Tate Modern exhibition space is divided into 5 levels; temporary exhibitions are located on the 2nd and 4th floors, while the 3rd and 5th floors host the permanent collection, organized in a thematic way. From the terrace on the fourth floor, you will have a spectacular view.
Poetry and Dream, on the 3rd floor. The huge central hall is dedicated to Surrealism. The other rooms around expose other works of surrealist influence.
Material Gestures – 3rd floor – Abstract art, Expressionism, Abstract expressionism, with works by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, Anish Kapoor, Barnett Newman and Tacita Dean.
Energy and Process – 5th floor – Arte Povera, with works by Alighiero Boetti, Ana Mendieta, Mario Merz and others.
States of Flux – 5th floor – Cubism, Futurism, Vorticism and Pop Art, with works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and photographer Eugène Atget.
There are two entrances to access the Tate Modern. From River Entrance, which leads to the 2nd floor, and Main Entrance from Holland Street. Admission to the Tate Modern is free. The museum is open from Domenic on Thursday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Friday and Saturday, from 10:00 to 22:00.
LEICESTER SQUARE AND COVENT GARDEN
With the metro you go down to Leicester Square. As soon as you leave, numerous shops, restaurants, theaters, lights and lots of people await you, This is one of the busiest squares in London. Continuing the walk you arrive in Covent Garden.
It is one of the most beautiful districts in London. Here, you can attend performances by renowned street artists; you can make a jump to the Apple craft market, or, alternatively, stop in the many characteristic cafes, including young and beautiful people. Covent Garden is also famous for the presence of ancient boutiques. It is the ideal place even in the evening, to eat for dinner and enjoy a good sandwich from the legendary Shake Shack; don’t forget to taste the famous twist potatoes with cheese shake sauce, and a double cheeseburger. Shake Shack is famous for lemon juice, but you can also get a good beer, the prices are in the London average.