London is one of the most all-encompassing cities in the world. Whatever your tastes, you’ll find something to float your canal boat in the city of LOndon. That’s why so many people visit the city as a holiday destination, the area being home to a wide spanning range of fun things to do. The caters to all ages, and so whether you’re planning a stag weekend or a family holiday London will have something to offer you. But what about a girls weekend? What will London give an all girls trip to the city? With countless west end bars and cultural opportunities, we all know that there’s plenty to do, but where would a girls weekend away start their holiday in the city?
When to Visit London on girls break
First things first is to decide what sort of weather you want for your time away. If it’s outdoors activities your after then don’t expect great bouts of heat in the city, this is the UK after all. You can still enjoy champagne on Primrose HIll and gorgeous gleaming walks along the South Bank though. For festivities, check out Notting HIll Carnival or Lovebox music festival whilst the chilled out Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park will mean you’ll have to wrap up warm. There are many a beautiful park in London for you to take advantage of, and during the summer these are teeming with life, especially the parks where music and arts festivals take place.
What you should pack for your trip
As mentioned above, London is not known for its great weather. This means that if you want to enjoy the city for everything it’s got, then you should make sure you have a bag full of adaptable clothing. This means you can still look your coolest, especially with London being such a trendy city, but making sure you have clothes for most weather conditions is key to the city. You don’t want your summer party dress getting muddied by a passing bus on a wet main road. Neither do you want to end up sweltering under four layers and a scarf during a summer stroll. Make sure you pack a phone charger, a tube map and an umbrella, whatever the season your visiting during.
London Events and Festivals
If you’re visiting London for a particular reason with your girlfriends, for instance for a celebration, then you should build an itinerary of events and places. For trendy off west end theatre, then visit the Vaults under Waterloo station. Here you will find some amazing bars and event spaces for the more culture friendly trip. If it’s music your after, your best bet is Field Day in Victoria Park during the month of August. Here you’ll find the best in alternative music from across the Western world whilst Visions Festival in JUly gives you the best in progressive music from all across the world. Not everyone will want to engage in the avant garde, so for those who don’t there’s a John Lewis on Oxford Street and an endless cacophony of musicals on the West End.
London is great city to visit for historical culture. For those interested in the monarchy, a trip to BUckingham Palace may be in order. This brilliant house is located just off Green Park and is one of the most famous sights in the city. On top of this, you can take a visit to the Cutty Sark, a grand merchant ship located in Greenwich or even a recreation of the Globe Theatre. For those looking for a holiday with added heights, take a trip up Tower Bridge, giving you a great view over the city. Next door you’ll find the Tower of London, where you can relive the brutal murder of the brutal murder of the Princes in the tower by Richard of Shrewsbury.
Another gruesome London attraction for your girls weekend is the London Dungeons, located on the South Bank. Here you gain access to live tours of the cities violent past. From the black plague to the ultimate cold case of Jack the Ripper, you can scare yourself silly before unwinding with some cocktails on the south bank. The south bank is where you’ll also find the London Eye, one fo the must try attractions in the city for first timers. Here you can see the city for all its glorious sprawl, letting you see all the way into the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.
Under-the-Radar London Attractions
Those looking for attractions which remain off the beaten track should try out Bermondsey’s White Cube Gallery. This free gallery ahs rooms of live performance art, DJ’s, art filma nd sculpture, creating an amalgamating fo the most cutting edge in contemporary art. Those looking for secret gems of the city should also try out Hackney Wick for a manic night of underground clubbing with some of the worlds best DJ’s. for a bit of zen, try the Japanese garden on the terrace of SOAS university. Whatever your tastes, there’s always an artisan cafe and lovely brunch serving restaurant off the beaten track in London. Follow your nose and instincts and you’ll find some beautiful hidden gems.
London Parks and Gardens
Those staying at hotels which are part of the Montcalm Club may begin feeling a little claustrophobic, cooped up in their rooms for too long and may want a great walk for a breath of fresh air. For those looking for a bit of greenery, you’d be surprised to know that London is renowned for its open green spaces despite being such an urban metropolis. With St James Park, you can expect a wide spanning oasis of lakes, water birds and beautiful trees, whilst Hyde Park gives you extra with its pedalos, lidos and memorials. These two huge parks could give you days worth of enjoyment and if you wanted to reach further afield, a walk through Epping Forest is as close to the natural world that you’ll feel in the south of England.