The New York Times: 36 Hours, London & Beyond by Barbara IrelandBritain in a weekend
Bite-sized itineraries in and around London
Simultaneously a fast-paced contemporary metropolis and a venerable center of history and culture, London seduces the traveler with infinite possibilities for an action-packed weekend. Now, with the help of The New York Times and its expert travel writers and photographers, you can refine choices and cut through tourist cliches to get the best of British in just 36 hours.
Through treasure-house museums and cutting-edge galleries, classic pubs and top-notch theater, picture-perfect lunch spots and legendary curry houses, discover the best of this buzzing world capital with a selection of lively itineraries, including thematic and neighborhood specials such as Literary London, London with Children, East London, and Hampstead. And if its time to venture further afield, choose from a selection of glorious weekend trips from the Highlands of Scotland to sleepy Welsh villages, the dreaming spires of Oxford to nonstop partying in Brighton.
Featured destinations: London, Literary London, East London, London with Children, Hampstead, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Liverpool, South Wales, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Highlands & Isle of Skye.
City of London - TOP 14 Attractions in 48 Hours
36 Hours in London
Take a look below at our complete guide to spending an action-packed 48 hours or thereabouts in our incredible city, London. Chow down on a hearty breakfast and get ready to explore. London has some of the best and free museums in the entire world. Although you wont be able to see them all, you can certainly choose to visit your very favourite. Almost at the top of the skyscraper, Duck and Waffle serves a mighty lunch, all whilst overlooking the expanse that is London!
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THERE are many different Londons, and they appeal to people with many different passions: museum lovers, theatergoers, opera buffs, devotees of royalty, students of history, people who like to walk in the rain. But richest of all, perhaps, is the London for book lovers. Because the city is the star and the backdrop of so much great literature, it is possible to believe you know it intimately — how it looks, how it feels — without ever leaving your home country, or indeed your home. But it is better to visit, if only for the joy of seeing the landscape of your imagination come to life. Or to wander along Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes once fictionally solved the unsolvable. There are plenty of organized literary-themed excursions around the city, easily found on the Internet. Or you can ramble idiosyncratically on your own, which is more fun.
Well-known districts such as Greenwich are thriving on a revitalized riverbank, while urban explorers, creative types and middle-class families priced out of other neighborhoods are riding upgraded transport links into areas they ha d long overlooked. Travelers here can expect to leave the familiarity of the Tube mostly behind. But aboveground trains and the occasional Uber will get you anywhere, while local buses and old-fashioned shoe leather are perhaps the best ways to discover this changing corner of a metropolis you thought you knew. Explore street view, find things to do in Southeast London and sign in to your Google account to save your map. A volunteer pointed me to the 13th-century retrochoir, where heresy trials were held under Queen Mary I Bloody Mary. A better investment? And the secrets of that pita bread — smoked paprika, sumac, oil and garlic, right?