Guest post by Catherine Trueman
Whilst I’m a country girl at heart, it’s great to enjoy the city buzz every so often. Having just celebrated my 1st year anniversary here at SuperBreak and amassed a sensational 7 London short breaks in that time, it’s fair to say the cosmopolitan capital is my ultimate city break favourite.
With scores of attractions, I never fail to keep my weekend getaways jam-packed. Whether you fancy a night in the West End, taking in famous landmarks on an open top bus or discovering your inner culture vulture in over 240 museums… whatever inspires you, you’ll find it in London!
With my mum in tow, my most recent expedition encompassed attractions which appealed to us both. The outcome was a weekend full of fun which had aspects to suit a variety of tourists…
Sightseeing Explorer? Enjoy the great city views on a bus tour!
There’s no better way of discovering the famous landmarks than from the top of an open top bus. Being a regular traveller along the ‘Hop on-Hop off’ style sightseeing buses, this time I fancied something a little more illuminating!
After a unique meal in the upmarket Mayfair, we arrived for the 8.30pm time slot at the ‘See London By Night’ pick-up point; just outside Green park underground. The tour featured a comical and enthusiastic guide who gave a great talk as we passed the floodlit sights of Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods and many more. The top deck of the bus was very busy as it was peak summer season so my advice would be at Green Park at least 30 minutes before chosen departure time. (various times of departure between 19.30 – 22.15)
Royalist? Visit a historic palace and see how the other half live!
A trip to Buckingham Palace was my mum’s little treat for this weekend getaway. We enjoyed two hours exploring the majestic state rooms listening to an informative audio guide along the way. The tour itself can be described best my Mrs T herself…A Tour of Buckingham Palace blog post link
Something for the Family? Come face to face with some of the world’s famous figures
On a rainy Sunday morning every tourist seemed to have the same idea – Madame Tussauds!
I would highly recommend pre-purchasing tickets for this as it cuts queuing time down dramatically. Arriving at the peak-time of 10.30, we had a short ten wait before entering the dome. There are various ‘zones’ where you can meet a range of stars including Hollywood A-listers and sports heroes. My personal highlights included Usain Bolt and the newly updated Cheryl Fernandez Versini (complete with a rock of an engagement ring!)
Of course, over the years Madame Tussauds has expanded and there’s more now than just wax works. After a enjoying a gentle ‘Spirit of London’ ride and a more thrilling ‘SCREAM, Chambers of horrors’ experience (those with young children can bypass this), we entered another queue for the ALL NEW Marvel Super Heroes 4D film adventure. The film brings to live some of the best loved Marvel characters and although describing the film would spoil the surprise, I’m sure it will appeal to the masses. Having experienced Madame Tussauds a couple of times before it was great to enjoy something unique at the end of the visit.
Partial to a bit of fine dining? A classic Afternoon Tea will tickle your tastebuds!
The Fortnum and Mason experience was right up my street! Certainly something I will never forget, taking tea at the quintessential London department store was a delight. We enjoyed a range of classic sandwiches, cakes and scones as you may expect, along with a choice of tea or coffee. What we did not expect was the unlimited refill service on offer – amazing! You are able to refresh your sandwiches, drinks and deserts until you are stuffed to the brim. At first we thought this seemed a bit cheeky but since everyone else was going for it, why not!? Obviously, we were unable to polish off the array of delicacies but do not fret – nothing went to waste. The kind waitress left us with a scrumptious ‘doggy’ bag to take home. Fortnum and Mason is a must for those of you who enjoy a bit of indulgence but perhaps skip breakfast on the days you’re going!
What will you do on your London Superbreak?