One of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, London is a place where there are far too many exciting things to see on just one trip, however, by focusing on some of the best you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

London first rose to prominence as a Roman city in an area sporadically settled during the Bronze Age.  It became a home to English kings in the 10th century and developed into a permanent capital over the next 300 years.  Despite heavy bombing during the Second World War, it managed to hold onto most of its historic treasures and was rebuilt around them as a thriving modern city.

London by day

By day, the place to be in London is the Museum District of South Kensington where you can see the treasures of the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Science Museum.  Not far away, there are artistic works to discover in Tate Modern, and their historical equivalents can be found in the National Gallery beside Trafalgar Square.  On a sunny day there’s nothing better than a picnic in Hyde Park beside the Serpentine, and of course shopping enthusiasts will love a stroll down Oxford Street or a visit to one of the city’s many markets.

London by night

When darkness falls on London the crowds start gathering outside the Adelphi, the Palladium and other West End venues to catch famous shows. Venues like Ministry of Sound and the O2 offer the chance to see world-class bands, while those who prefer something classical can visit the Royal Albert Hall.  Clubs like KOKO, Madame Jojo’s and Chinawhite keep going late into the night.

See the sights

If you want to see right across London from one spot, the London Eye is the place to go; its gondolas provide unrivalled views across the city.  Tower Bridge is just a short walk away and a stroll along the Thames is a lovely way to spend an afternoon – alternatively, you can take a boat trip.  For exploring elsewhere in the city, you can buy a 24 or 48-hour ticket for the hop on, hop off bus tour, which has 44 stops and will take you to celebrated places like Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.  Also worth seeing is the marvellous architecture of Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, while football fans can indulge themselves with a tour of Wembley Stadium.

Getting around

For general travel, a London Travelcard will give you unlimited access to buses, the tube, trams and the Docklands light railway, as well as some national rail trains.  You should note that not all of these offer full disabled access, so disabled visitors would need to plan journeys carefully.  For those who are able-bodied and feeling healthy, it’s easy to hire bikes, one of the fastest ways to travel at busy times.

Where to stay

You might not expect it but London Hotels can be found at very affordable prices if you’re smart about booking.  The key is to book early and remember that good transport links mean you don’t necessarily need to be right beside the places you want to visit.