London in Two Days

London in Two Days

How to make the best of 48 hours in this cool capital, from free museums to the best places to eat. Check out our guide of what to do in London in two days.

 

The view from Waterloo Bridge

The view from Waterloo Bridge

Day 1

Walking the West End

 

Famous for Theatre Land and Chinatown, the West End in London is right in the centre and is a great place to wander around and see the sights – from cinematic premieres to quiet gardens. Start off here and most of the top sites are within walking distance.

 

If museums are your thing then don’t miss the world class British Museum in Bloomsbury. It is free and has some of the best collections and artefacts from around the world. From here you can either enjoy some shopping on famous Oxford Street or stroll past the book sellers to Covent Garden.

 

Covent Garden is a great place to people-watch and soak up the atmosphere with famous street performers, musicians, mime acts and comedians. Originally a food market it now sells handicrafts and antiques with plenty of boutique shops. In summer there is live opera and ballet screened from the nearby Royal Opera House; in winter there is a special Christmas market and reindeers to pet.

 

Next head through trendy Soho; famous for it’s seedy reputation as a red light district it’s now a buzzing gay neighbourhood with great shops, coffee houses and the free Photographer’s Gallery. Head to neighbouring Chinatown for some of the best food in London; there is plenty of choice along famous Gerrard Street, check out the roast ducks hanging in the windows and bargain priced dim sum.

 

Picadilly Circus in London's West End

Picadilly Circus in London’s West End

 

After lunch head through famous Leicester Square past the National Portrait Gallery (free) and the National Gallery (free) to Trafalgar Square. If you have time visit the National Gallery as it has some of the world’s most valuable art including Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’. From Trafalgar Square you can walk across the river – either past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament or across Waterloo Bridge with a view of them.

An afternoon on London’s South Bank

 

The south side of the Thames, London’s ‘South Bank’ is a strip of riverside walkways and parks with galleries, theatres, skateboarders, restaurants and shops. It’s a great place to walk on a sunny day- not only does it have amazing views of London but there is always lots going on. In summer there are free music, dance and performance arts events from outside the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre.

 

You can walk from Waterloo and the London Eye wheel to historic Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. This walk passes lots of historical sites including Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern art gallery (free) and Borough Market at London Bridge. This is a great place to buy local and world food, and you can try lots of the products too!

 

If you have the energy you can walk on to Tower Bridge, or cross the famous Millennium bridge for a cool view of St Paul’s Cathedral. If you’re into theatre performances then head to a show for the evening – they have last minute deals on cheap theatre tickets in Leicester Square or head back to Soho for some drinks or a coffee at the famous Bar Italia.

 

Westminster and the Houses of Parliament

Westminster and the Houses of Parliament


Day 2

Today is a day for markets and something a bit different. Jump on the famous ‘tube’ and head East to Spitalfields market by Liverpool Street. There has been a market here for 350 years and now a fashion market, many famous designers started off selling here.

For cheap eats try nearby Brick Lane, also known as Bangla Town. On Sundays there is a Brick Lane Market – selling vintage clothes, second hand goods and amazing food stalls from around the world. This street is also the best place for cheap curry and the restaurants compete for customers with great budget deals. There’s also a whole host of cool bars and clubs open until late, and the famous 24 hour Beigel Bake shop to get some food on your way home if you come here in the evening.

Camden Lock Market by Paul Hudson

Camden Lock Market by Paul Hudson

Time to head north, jump on a bus to Regent’s Park.  This scenic Royal Park also has an open air theatre, London Zoo and over 100 wild bird species. It’s a great place for a picnic on a sunny day and famous for its blossom in spring.

From here you can walk along the canals and head to Camden. Famous for its market, canals, alternative scene with music gigs, youth fashion, punk and rock music and a great food and clothes market, it’s worth a visit. Along the waterfront at Camden Lock you can enjoy the food market where there is great budget food options and a view across the water! Camden is a great nightspot with plenty of live music, great pubs and cheap comedy clubs – the perfect place to spend the evening.

Equity Point Hostel London

Equity Point Hostel London

Stay at Equity Point London

For a great, central and good value hostel, book your bed at Equity Point Hostel London. Located in the heart of Paddington near famous Notting Hill and Hyde Park, this stylish hostel has all the facilities you need including communal areas and a guest cafe. There are a choice of en-suite private rooms and shared dormitories. Find out more about it here

 

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Easter special events in London

I remember that as a kid I loved Easter because of the tones of chocolate I was allowed to eat. Of course I had to work really hard to get it, painting and hunting hard boiled eggs which, I had to admit, was funny too.

Nowadays, if you want to bring back the memories of old Easter days or live new experiences with your kids, in London –where we have the awesome Equity Point London hotel- there are plenty of activities such as: an egg hunt with prizes at Covent Garden; another egg hunt with craft stalls and Bunny Dance at the Horniman Museum; The Christathon, a pub crawl whose participants must go dressed as Christ; a boat race at Putney Bridge; a goat race –with real goats-; or the classical performance of The Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square.

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Spotting Tom Cruise at the airport

Marta, our Area Manager-Controller, is always travelling around the world from an Equity Point hostel to another. She’s used to the inconveniences of constant flying, but today I’ve received an email telling me that she has fallen in love in an airport with Tom Cruise!

She and Clara, our Area Manager-Expansion, spotted him on the airport and they say Tom is even more handsome in person. Now half of the office staff is green with envy. Continue reading

Celebrating the Olympic Games at Hyde Park

During the Olympic Games, Hyde Park is being the perfect spot to watch the Games with your friends. There are several big screens showing most of the sports and there are also other activities such as concerts, performances and a kid’s zone.

There will be a special Closing Ceremony Concert on Sunday August 12th with converts of Blur, New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club. There will also be several Olympic athletes celebrating their success.

And remember, Equity Point London is 10 minutes walking distance from Hyde Park. But if you prefer to watch all the events at the hotel, every Equity Point is broadcasting the Olympic Games at the TV’s of the common areas so you can share the Olympic experience with people from all nationalities.

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London Olympic Games 2012

Tonight the whole world will be watching the Inauguration of the London Olympic Games on the TV, and only some fortunate ones will be able to watch it live on the London Stadium. If you’re willing to go and live the amazing atmosphere of this unique event, remember Equity Point London is perfectly located near Paddington Station.

At London Olympic Games there will be 10.500 athletes competing for a medal in 26 different sports. Over 11 million of people will attend to the Games as public. And several millions more will watch all the different sports on TV.

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Equity Point London wins Best Accommodation in the United Kingdom

We are proud to announce that Equity Point London has just won the Best Accommodation Award given by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) on its British Youth Travel Awards (BYTA).

Equity Point London was finalist at the Best Accommodation category with Clink78 and Smart City Hostels in Edinburgh, both tough competitors. The judges: Sarah McDonald from Google, Graham McKenzie from TravelMole, Julie Jones from BMI, Fiona Jeffery from World Travel Market & Just a Drop and Robert Savage from Beds & Bars Group, decided that Equity Point London was the best among all the submitted accommodations in a category that received a record number of applications.

All the people working at Equity Point London Hotel will work hard to improve the quality standards that lead us to gain the best Accommodation Award. We hope you all will be able to visit us at Equity Point London and enjoy our hotel as much as we do.

We are really proud to be considered the best accommodation in the United Kingdom the year previous to the London Olympic Games. It’s an honor.

The best English Breakfast at Paddington

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Each country has some unique characteristics that define the spirit of the nation, and you must understand them all to be able to be a traveler instead of a tourist. One way to approach to any culture is through its meals and in England there’s nothing as traditional as English breakfast, or what they call a full breakfast.

The perfect English breakfast doesn’t exist, but you can get pretty close if you are able to choose the correct place to have it, so we’ve decided to help you. We have a secret. We know where to eat a great English breakfast in London and the best of it all is that it’s close to Equity Point London –near Paddington-.
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