London short break day two
Start your day in West London by picking one of Kensington’s trio of world-class museums. The Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs and the Science Museum’s interactive displays will delight the kids. Or try the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections of art, fashion and design.
Start: Exhibition Road.
Nearest tube: South Kensington
If the weather co-operates, a picnic by the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park is just the ticket, followed by some rowing or a trip on the Solar Shuttle boat. Or drop in on Kensington Palace, home to assorted royals for three hundred years.
At the corner of Hyde Park skilled orators and oddball ranters exercise their right to free speech at Speaker’s Corner every Sunday. Savvy shoppers swing south of Oxford Street for smaller boutiques like designer Paul Smith’s Mayfair ‘furniture and curiosity’ shop, or arty books and fashion around Covent Garden.
Start: The Serpentine, Hyde Park.
Nearest tube: High Street Kensington or Knightsbridge.
Round off a London short break with a West End show. Cheap tickets are on sale at Leicester Square booths. Look for bargain pre-theatre meal deals at nearby restaurants, or splash out on oysters at Bentley’s in Mayfair. Big-name musicals are fantastically popular, or see what’s on at innovative theatres like the Donmar Warehouse.
Start: Leicester Square.
Nearest tube: Leicester Square