From West End shows to river cruises and afternoon teas in Harrods, London really has it all.
If you’re heading to the capital this year, browse our days out in London ideas to make sure you plan a trip to remember. Whether you’re looking for things to do, places to eat or attractions to visit in London, we’ve got you covered!
Visit the West End
Discover a spectacular lineup in the vibrant West End area as you take your pick of the top theatre shows that London has to offer. After a day’s exploring the capital, immerse yourself in the mischievous world of Matilda, embrace the magic of Mary Poppins, or lose your voice singing along to the ABBA inspired MAMMA MIA!
With 14 big-name shows up for grabs, you’ll be tapping your feet and singing along to your heart’s content as you take in the wondrous surrounds of London’s illustrious, historic theatres and settle in for some show-stopping performances.
For more theatrical spectacles, check out our full selection of London theatre experiences.
See London from the Thames
The River Thames has long been the key to discovering London – but now it’s time to swap trade ships of old for relaxing river cruises on this indulgent afternoon tea experience. Enjoy a truly wonderful view of the city’s landmarks from the comfort of a state-of-the-art cruise boat as you journey across central London sipping from a fresh pot of tea or coffee. You’ll also be able to tuck in to an assortment of sumptuous sandwiches, traditional scones with jam and cream and mouth-watering cakes!
Sometimes in the midst of London’s buzz, it’s a good idea to slow things down and leisurely drink in the charm of the capital. On this luxury jazz cruise for two, view London’s iconic sights and grab some unrivalled photo opportunities during a three-hour sightseeing sail along the River Thames. What’s more, you’ll be able to sit back and relax in the company of a jazz quintet as you enjoy a delicious three-course meal after a welcome glass of fizz on arrival. All aboard, jazz cats!
See more of our Thames river cruise options here for a sightseeing day like no other.
Try Afternoon Tea in London
We’ve got a secret – and it’s too good not to share! Hidden away in quaint Kensington is London Secret Garden’s enchanting dining space, where guests can while away the afternoon over scones, sandwiches and Champagne in the comfort of a bespoke and intimate transparent dome. If you’re looking for something a little different, look no further.
Enjoy a slice of the old London razzle dazzle with an afternoon tea experience with fizz at The Harrods Tea Rooms. The height of sophistication and elegance, take a seat in stylish surroundings and listen to the gentle sounds of a piance as you savour a scrumptious selection of nibbles, cakes and pastries. Don’t mind if we do, dahling.
The vintage 1960s Routemaster Bus is as quintessentially British as it comes – and now you can climb aboard for afternoon tea! Soak up the local sights of the city as you tuck into delicious sandwiches, traditional scones and cakes and three refreshing Hayman’s Gin cocktails. Now, if this doesn’t sound like the ultimate day out on the town, we don’t know what does!
Hungry for more? Browse all of our London afternoon tea packages!
Book a Pamper Day in London
Step off the hustle and bustle of London’s streets and into the safe haven of the luxurious Montcalm spa with this indulgent experience. Set in the calming surrounds of the Beauty and Melody Spa on Liverpool Street, relax with a glass of bubbly on arrival before enjoying the extensive spa facilities on offer. Top off a truly restful day with a 50-minute Swedish massage or a 50-minute deep tissue massage to unwind before heading back into the capital feeling refreshed and recharged.
The Athenaeum’s spa is a hidden gem, nestled beneath this chic Mayfair hotel. Escape your busy schedule and daily stresses and enjoy a blissful retreat of ultimate relaxation, taking full advantage of the modern facilities and sauna, before retiring to your superior double room for a restorative snooze. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also wake up to a hearty full English breakfast – it doesn’t get much more 5-star sanctuary than this.
Climb the O2
The O2 has stood proud on the River Thames as one of London’s most recognised landmarks since it was built to mark the turn of the century over twenty years ago. And now you can climb it! Up at the O2 is offering the chance to scale the famous building’s roof with this incredible climbing experience. Once you’ve been kitted out in a climbing suit with boots and harnesses, you’ll be safely secured to a support rail as you venture over a specially designed walkway up to the summit, suspended 52-metres above ground level. With time slots available in daylight, sunset or twilight, you’ll be guaranteed some breath-taking views of London’s Greenwich in all lights on this unforgettable climbing experience.
Discover London’s Rich History
Get a closer insight into the life and works of one of London’s most famous residents as you tour around the iconic Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Perfect for budding actors, keen historians and literary lovers, you’ll be directed around the Globe by an expert tour guide and learn all about the life and times of the renowned William Shakespeare. Located on Bankside, the Globe is also perfectly situated on the River Thames, so you can continue exploring London’s bustling Southbank once you’ve soaked up some Shakespearean history!
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in London’s weird and wonderful culture than to take to the streets on a guided walking tour. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a film or TV buff you could join an experienced tour guide and pinpoint the locations used in Harry Potter, Dr Who or even Sherlock Holmes. Or, if you’re feeling brave, embark on a spooky tour of the most haunted locations in the capital. Either way, you’re bound to get to know London on a much deeper level with one of our insightful walking tours.
Are you an eager sightseeing beaver? Say no more. Check out our full selection of London tourist attractions.
Take to the Skies with a Helicopter Ride Over London
For some of the best views of the Big Smoke, take to the skies in this unforgettable helicopter ride over London. Start your day off with a tea or coffee as you settle in for a safety briefing before grabbing a preflight instagram snap for the memory book. Then you’ll be up and away in a Robinson R44 helicopter, climbing high to view London’s iconic skyline from above for 50 minutes in the safe hands of an experienced pilot. If you’re after a day out to remember, this is it.
Extend Your Day Out in London
There’s so much to pack in during a visit to London, so why not make a weekend of it? With this two-night weekend break, you’ll be able to fill your boots with sightseeing and exploring by day and relax at a top quality hotel by night. With a range of 4-star and 5-star hotels in amazing locations across the capital to choose from, this is the perfect package for those looking to live in the lap of luxury at an ideally located basecamp as they soak up London’s attractions. Dreamy!
Your day out in London awaits, so what are you waiting for? Check out our full selection of incredible things to do in London and book in a day for you to roam about like royalty in the Big Smoke! Or, if you want some more inspiration further afield from the capital, why not browse our full selection of incredible short breaks and getaways in the UK? Treat yourself!