Sometimes a weekend away with the girls is just what the doctor ordered. And what could be better than a city break in London? There are plenty of fantastic things to do and places to see. It really is the perfect choice for a girls weekend away.
Here at Bateaux London, we want to help you make your break with the girls memorable. After all, itâ€™s not very often you get to spend quality time with your friends in the UKâ€™s coolest city.
Where to stay in London for a girly weekend
Planning a busy weekend of sightseeing? Well, it is best to book a London hotel which is central. Yes, itâ€™s going to be more expensive than staying in a hotel or an Airbnb property on the outskirts of the city. However, travelling into central London can take a while as trains do not run as frequently. You only have a few short days to explore the city. Youâ€™ll want to make the most of your time, so donâ€™t spend it waiting for trains.
Things to do in London at the weekend
Thereâ€™s so much to do. In fact, the possibilities are literally endless. This is why you should decide where you want to go and what you want to see before your weekend away in London. That way, you and the girls can decide the best plan of attack so that you fit everything in. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Be a stereotypical tourist
When you visit London for a weekend break there are certain things that you just have to experience. The landmarks and attractions that are iconic to the city. Take a ride on the London Eye, walk across Tower Bridge and admire Buckingham Palace. Donâ€™t forget to take a stroll past Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square too.
Spend the afternoon at a London spa
Saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms and lots of pampering. What could be better than a relaxing afternoon at the spa with the girls? There are plenty of places to enjoy a spa break given that most hotels have them. However, it is best to check for deals before you go. Websites such as www.spabreaks.com and www.wowcher.co.uk usually offer discounted prices on spa treatments.
Eat and drink at Borough Market
Are you a big foodie? Gather the girls and head to Borough Market! It is a food heaven that must be explored. There are so many delicious treats to try, with tastes and smells from all over the world. Get to Borough Market at lunchtime and satisfy your taste buds.
Keep it simple and head to one of Londonâ€™s parks
Londonâ€™s green spaces are impressive. Hyde Park, Regentâ€™s Park and St James Park are just a few examples of beautiful leafy havens that spring to mind. Hire a bike, take a boat ride and get back to nature. Londonâ€™s parks are a hive of activity and thereâ€™s plenty of fun to be had.
Shop until you drop in Londonâ€™s shopping districts
Girls weekend away in London? Surely a shopping trip must feature? There are lots of places to splash the cash! Youâ€™ll find all of your high street favourites down Oxford Street. Perhaps the weatherâ€™s not so good? In that case, Westfield Shopping Centre also boasts high street brands and you wonâ€™t get wet. Covent Garden is the place to go if youâ€™re wanting a bit of variety. You will find everything from clothing and jewellery to crafts and antiques. Maybe you just canâ€™t get enough of designer labels? If thatâ€™s the case, Bond Street is a great place to head towards. Bond Street has one of the biggest and best concentrations of designer shops in the world, including Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
Afternoon tea on the River Thames
Join Bateaux London for an afternoon tea cruise. Over-indulge with tasty sandwiches, cakes and pastries...and a glass of champagne of course! As you cruise down the River Thames you will be able to spot famous attractions such the London Eye, St. Paulâ€™s Cathedral and the Tower of London.
Have a cultured time at a London Museum
London is home to some of the best museums in the world, including the British Museum, V&A, Tate Modern, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum to name a few. Most of Londonâ€™s museums are free, which makes them a great choice if youâ€™re looking for things to do that wonâ€™t break the bank.
Places to eat brunch in London
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and youâ€™re spoilt for choice of where to go in London. Here are a few breakfast and brunch spots to point you in the right direction.
The Breakfast Club (various locations)
A homage to 80s youth The Breakfast Club serves up everything from full English fry-ups to US favourites- think huge pancakes and tonnes of maple syrup. The nostalgic decor and indulgent food make it a popular brunch spot. There are now seven branches of the restaurant in London.
Where the pancakes are, Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1 0NQ
Smoked salmon... with pancakes. Sausage and eggs... with pancakes. Nutella and strawberries with... pancakes. Do you get the picture? Pancakes are the star of the show in this place. Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, one thing is for sure. Your pancakes will be soft, fluffy and deliciously tasty!
Flesh & Buns, Covent Garden
Head for an indulgent bottomless brunch at Flesh & Buns! From midday on Sunday through to 4 pm, you can enjoy unlimited Japanese cuisine. Sharing plates, chips, dips and fluffy steamed buns with flavoursome fillings. Itâ€™s certainly something different.
Farm Girl, Portobello Road, W11 3DB
On a health-kick? Brunch doesnâ€™t have to be naughty. Try Farm Girl, situated in the heart of Notting Hill. This Australian cafe brings country living into London life. Appreciate nutritious, natural and nurturing ingredients. Itâ€™s a proper start to the day.
Dishoom (various locations)
Fancy breakfast with a twist? How about a Bombay omelette or a sausage and egg naan roll? Youâ€™ll have to be up at a reasonable hour to catch the morning service at this London favourite. Breakfast is served between 9am-11.45am at Dishoom branches, with restaurants in Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Soho and Kingâ€™s Cross. Itâ€™s certainly worth an early morning start.
Nightlife in London
For a great weekend away in London with the girls, youâ€™ll need to plan an enjoyable evening. Here are a few ideas on how you can experience London by night.
Visit Londonâ€™s West End
Buy theatre tickets to a West End show! Thereâ€™s always plenty to choose from, with hits including Dreamgirls, The Lion King and Wicked. Whatever show you decide to see, youâ€™re guaranteed to have a fun-filled evening.
Enjoy a bit of jazz
Perhaps nightclubs arenâ€™t your scene? If youâ€™re looking for an alternative way to liven up your evening, look out for jazz evenings. With the likes of Ronnie Scottâ€™s and the Jazz Cafe in Camden, thereâ€™s plenty of swinginâ€™ venues to choose from.
Night views of London
London by day is stunning. London by night? Well, thatâ€™s something else. Take the time to admire the cityâ€™s top attractions when theyâ€™re all lit up. Stroll along the river or enjoy a River Thames Dinner Cruise and admire the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament twinkling in the nighttime air.
Explore Londonâ€™s cocktail bars
Gather the girls and head to a swanky cocktail bar. After all, no one deserves an evening of glamour and sophistication more than you! There are plenty of impressive venues serving delicious, picture-perfect cocktails in London. Recommendations include Connaught Bar in Mayfair, Nightjar on City Road and Milk and Honey in Soho. Cheers, to a great evening!
Laugh the night away at one of Londonâ€™s hilarious comedy evenings. London attracts the UKâ€™s best comedians who always put on a side-splitting show! Providers include The 99 Club, Laugh Out London and The Comedy Store. Add more laugh out loud moments to your girls weekend away in London.
Plan ahead and make sure your short break in London is full of fun. Itâ€™s not often you get to enjoy a girls weekend away, so make it count!