Weekend in London, visits and activities

Have an unforgettable weekend in London: discover 8 ideas of activities and visits for a tourist stay in the UK capital.

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Février 2020


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8 ideas for an unforgettable weekend in London

The capital of the United Kingdom offers its visitors many faces, between tradition and modernity.

Take a direct flight from Lyon to London and discover a cosmopolitan city, proud of its identity and open to the world! Whether you're on a romantic getaway, with family or friends, we've selected 8 ideas for activities and visits to live London-style for two, three or more days.

Garde royale de Londres

1. Attend the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

The official residence of the British Royal Family is protected by the King's Guard. Recognisable by their red uniforms and headdresses, these elite soldiers are renowned for their immobility and composure.  The Changing of the Guard usually takes place in the late morning at 11.30a.m., and attracts many spectators. You can also look up to the roofs of Buckingham Palace and see the flag flying in the wind. The Royal Standard is chosen if the Kingor Queen is resident there. If not, you can see the Union Jack.

Why attend the Changing of the Guard? The King's Guard is a part of British heritage and is known throughout the world. The Changing of the Guard is a regular feature of life at Buckingham Palace and is one of the most popular - and most photographed - spectacles in London.

British Museum Londres

2. Discover the British Museum's collections

You could spend an entire weekend just visiting the British Museum and still not discover a tenth of its treasures. Its collections include over 7 million objects and works of art, organised into several departments: Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greco-Roman Antiquities, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Britain, Europe and Prehistory, Prints and Drawings, Coins and Medals, Conservation and Scientific Research.

Why visit the British Museum? The outstanding collections of one of the world's greatest museums are worth a visit to London. You can also enjoy the high quality temporary exhibitions.

Big Ben Londres

3. Contemplate Big Ben, the symbol of London

The clock in the Houses of Parliament has become one of London's most famous symbols. Its nickname, Big Ben, actually refers to the huge bell that sets the pace of the day. Its four clocks, each 7 metres in diameter, have been telling Londoners the time since 1858. Renowned for its punctuality, the clock in the Houses of Parliament lights up after sunset, providing a postcard setting for London lovers.

Why look at Big Ben? The tower stands on the edge of the Palace of Westminster, where the UK Parliament sits. You can also visit the famous Westminster Abbey just a few yards away.

Abbaye Westminster

4. Visit the famous Westminster Abbey

Built mainly in the 13th century, Westminster Abbey has stood majestically in the London skyline for several centuries. Its Gothic architecture impresses visitors with its stained glass and rose windows, sculptures, bas-reliefs and interior ornamentation. Westminster Abbey is also known for hosting the coronation of the kings and queens of England, and also serves as the royal necropolis.

Why visit Westminster Abbey? Spending your first weekend in London? Westminster Abbey is one of the most famous monuments in the British capital. A visit is simply a must-see.

Shopping Londres

5. Go on a shopping spree in London

The UK capital is famous for its department stores and designer boutiques. Several famous department stores are located on Oxford Street, such as Selfridges, John Lewis and Debenhams, and offer a wide range of luxury clothing, jewellery and home furnishings. Fashionistas can stroll down Regent Street or Carnaby Street in Soho, where you'll find fashion boutiques, designer studios and international brands. Trendy and affordable, these shops invite you to a shopping session full of bargains and surprises. Bond Street and Mayfair await luxury lovers, with top brands like Burberry, Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton. 

Why go on a shopping spree? London is one of Europe's top shopping destinations. All the trends are present, and you are sure to find real treasures at all prices! 

Parc Londres

6. Walk in London's parks

Many majestic parks have been created in the heart of the city. These green havens are also among London's most popular tourist attractions. You can wander the lanes of Hyde Park, the city's largest royal park, and hop on a boat for a ride along the water. Greenwich Park offers stunning views of the Thames and the City's business district. The wilder Richmond Park is home to deer and hinds that roam among the ancient trees. The London Zoo awaits you in Regent's Park, a park also known for its open-air theatre. Kew Gardens has an outstanding botanical garden, with over 90,000 plants in an area of about 10 hectares.

Why walk in London's parks? A walk in a large park gives you a welcome break during an often fast-paced weekend. Take the time to recharge your batteries, just a few yards from the must-see sights!

Vie Nocturne Soho

7. Party in Soho

This trendy area epitomises the idea of partying in Britain. The area is all about music and partying. Record shops abound, and collectors can find rare items by browsing through bins full of vinyl. London's West End establishments are known for their musicals and shows: Broadway awaits you, without crossing the Atlantic! The pubs and restaurants open their doors during the day and evening in a festive and colourful atmosphere.

Why visit Soho? This iconic area of London's nightlife attracts night owls and party people all year round. Soho is the ideal destination for a unique London party experience!

Harry Potter Lyon

8. Meet Harry Potter

Fans of the famous wizard with the round glasses and the lightning bolt scar can go and meet their favourite heroes on a weekend in London. King's Cross station is home to the famous 9 ¾ platform, and muggles can take a photograph at the controls of a carriage that will never cross the brick wall. Fans can sign up for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where they can wander through the filming locations of the saga: the Great Hall of Hogwarts, the Crossroads, the Forbidden Forest or the Hogwarts Express awaits you!

Why meet Harry Potter in London? Visiting the film locations brings the magic of Harry Potter to life. Enthusiasts of all ages will be immersed in a wonderful world: escape guaranteed!