We love the Big Smoke. Whether you want to soak up culture in world-class galleries and museums, be entertained by live theatre, visit famous landmarks or explore parks and palaces, London is the place to be – whatever the weather.
Your fast paced short break starts the minute you leave home. Avoid the faff waiting in traffic outside the city limits, arrive in style as your train speeds you right into the centre of London.
From there you can choose your own adventure, we’ve got a range of hotels and attractions to suit every short break.
Need some inspiration? Get the lay of the land with a bird’s eye view. Wave to the Queen from the London Eye or enjoy a glass of champagne at the View from the Shard.
Family holiday? Why not wander through Regent’s Park, which is home to ZSL London Zoo and its resident lions, gorillas and other equally exotic guests. Or add a little extra magic to your trip with a visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Alohomora!
If you’re in the mood for history, follow in the footsteps of royalty. Get a peek into the life of the royal family with a tour of Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms during the summer or be dazzled by the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
From toe-tapping musicals to emotion-evoking plays, London’s West End theatres have got something for everyone. Or you could do a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and learn the history of arguably our nation’s greatest playwright. And if your tastes are Top 40, the O2 Arena hosts music superstars from around the globe as well as comedians and world-class sport.
London’s shopping is legendary – try department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nichols for some up-market treats. Or stroll around bohemian markets like Camden Stables and Brick Lane for those one-off vintage pieces.
After all that sightseeing you’ll be hungry! London’s menu is legendary, with celebrity chefs flocking to the capital with eateries from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal. There’s also plenty of street food stalls and markets, plus all the usual family-friendly chains.
If you’re after a little entertainment and nightlife to cap off your night, you’re in the right place. Take a stroll around Soho on a Saturday night and you’ll find enough nightclubs to last a lifetime.
At the end of the night, you’ll need a place to lay your head. We’ve got luxury five-star hotels, comfortable four-star hotels or convenient three-star hotels, all located in the city centre.
Tailor-make your next trip to London with Virgin Trains Escapes. But beware, you may never want to leave!
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