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Eight Ways to Spend a Wonderful Weekend in London

London has all that a tourist may wish to see or experience to the extent that it has much more than what a visitor can cope up within the short span of his sojourn in the capital of England. As such, even trying to get into the spirit of the city and taste the first layer of its attractions in a weekend can certainly be a well-nigh impossible task. With its plethora of historic landmarks, museums, art galleries, theatres, shopping options, great restaurants and pubs and innumerable outdoor activities, choosing a few places to fit into your tight weekend schedule can indeed be very difficult. However, the following 8 tips will help you in ensuring that you have a successful, rich and memorable weekend trip to London.

1. Plan Your Stay at Best Western Shaftesbury Paddington Court
One of the pre-requisites for a successful and enjoyable stay in any city, particularly in London, is to have a comfortable room with all facilities in a hotel that is located close to all your places of interest. Moreover, the hotel should offer most luxuries at an affordable rate. On all these counts, the Best Western Shaftesbury Paddington Court Hotel, which is a part of the Shaftesbury Group of hotels, scores high points. Being just 300 metres from Paddington Train Station and providing direct access to Hyde Park, the posh area of Mayfair and to Oxford Street, the Park Grand Paddington Court London Hotel is set in an elegant Victorian building combining the best of traditional feelings and contemporary room features that include interactive flat-screen TV, tea/coffee makers, free Wi-Fi and broadband internet access. You can stay in picturesque surroundings in an accommodation that is warm and stylish. The rooms are fresh and beautiful with a fantastic decor. Moreover, if you can avail of their special offers, you will be able to enjoy your luxurious stay quite cheaply.

2. Visit Hyde Park
London has many Royal Parks but one of the best is Hyde Park and the adjoining Kensington Gardens. A visit to the park will enable you to relax on the lush green meadows and even indulge in some leisure activities such as cycling, horse riding, swimming, picnicking, and visiting some of the attractions of the park such as Speakers’ corner, Serpentine Lake, Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Solar Shuttle, Peter Pan Statue, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Kensington Palace.

3. Take a Ride on London Eye
One of the must-see attractions of London, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. Also known as Millennium Wheel, its structure is 135 metres tall and the wheel diameter is 120 metres. It is supported by an A-frame on one side only and is considered to be the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. It offers one of the highest public viewing points in London and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK, as it is visited by more than 3.5 million visitors annually. It is next to Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank of the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge.

4. Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum
The other top tips for a great weekend in London include a visit to a unique and interesting museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is free to enter. It basically focuses on the history of art and design and is the venue for many temporary exhibitions that tackle different aspects ranging from photography to fashion clothing. It was founded in 1852 and it has a permanent collection of more than 4.5 million objects. Entrance to the museum is free and it covers 12.5 acres of land and has 145 galleries exhibiting its collection that spans 5,000 years of art from ancient times to modern day.

5. Visit the Sixtyone Restaurant
For having some great food, excellent wines in an amiable and luxurious atmosphere where you can enjoy and unwind, you must visit the Sixtyone Restaurant which is a neighbourhood restaurant in south Marylebone, less than a 5-minute walk from Park Lane. Here, you can have some delectable dishes prepared by expert chefs. You can also visit the adjacent Champagne Bar foe a fabulous range of Champagnes and cocktails.

6. Visit Harrods
A visit to London can never be complete unless you have visited Harrods, the iconic store in London which is an upmarket department store located in Knights bridge. It occupies a 5-acre site and has over one million square feet of selling space in over 330 departments due to which it is considered to be the biggest department store in Europe. It has world-famous departments such as the seasonal Christmas department and the Food Halls. It has the most exclusive items for sale and some of them are extremely expensive. Most people can only afford to do window shopping.

7.  Enjoy a Spa Package at The Montcalm London Marble Arch
One of the luxuries that you can avail of in London is to relax and unwind at Spa at the Montcalm London Marble Arch by booking one of the pre-arranged spa packages. Different types of spa packages are available that provide complete indulgence through different types of treatments for the entire body. The packages include full use of the fitness centre and spa facilities including sauna, steam room, monsoon shower, heated loungers, spa and exercise pools. You will get an out-of-this-world spa experience that will completely rejuvenate you.

8. Visit Fortnum and Mason
If you are a wine enthusiast, you must visit Fortnum and Mason which has world-famous cellars containing a wide selection of the best wines from all over the world. The store also shares the traditions and technique behind the wine-making process while allowing you to taste your favourite products and discover some of the best new ones. You can also enjoy some fine food in a casual setting.

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