'You've never done London.' Say to a Londoner that you have seen his city by now and this is probably the answer you will get. Quite right too, because the British capital is a metropolis in constant flux. Whether it is your first or your tenth visit, London will surprise you over and over again with hip new restaurants, world-class museums and exclusive boutiques.
Day 1: The spectacular skyline and Greenwich
The best way to explore a city is from the water. Along the banks of the Thames, you can very easily take a water taxi allowing you to enjoy downright spectacular panoramas. Get on at the Embankment quayside and cruise along to cosy Greenwich. Along the way, you will pass some of London's most famous landmarks, such as The Shard, the Tower of London and London Bridge. Then stroll through the cosy streets of Greenwich, visit Greenwich Market and explore one of the many (mostly free!) museums. Make sure to end this successful day at the Royal Observatory, where you will find, among other things, the Prime meridian, and enjoy the most breathtaking view of the city.
Day 2: the South Bank
The quays along the South Bank, the southern bank of the Thames, used to be a rundown and rather unsafe neighbourhood. Today, however, there's no sign of that: it offers nice pavement cafés, small shops and an incredibly cosy atmosphere. On the way, walk past Tate Modern, one of the largest contemporary art museums in the world. Admission is free, and on the top floor you can grab a quick bite to eat with panoramic views of the city. Then continue your walk to Borough Market, an impressive food hall with an unseen collection of dishes from all corners of the world. Fancy spending the evening culturally? Then stop by the National Theatre and see what plays they are performing. Also nice to know: the Thames is a tidal river, which means that at certain times small beaches appear where you can take a rest. Unique!
Day 3: cycling around the city and Sky Garden
After all those treats last night, it is time for some exercise today. London may be known for its 'underground' and taxis, but it is also becoming a veritable cycling city. So nothing like getting around the city in this active way. Make sure to cycle through beautiful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, where you should stop at Kensington Palace. Also take a detour to the Royal Albert Hall and the monument in honour of the eponymous Prince Albert, husband of the illustrious Queen Victoria. In the evening, head east again and visit the Sky Garden: an indoor garden on the top floor of the iconic 'Walkie Talkie' building. Admission is free and, if possible, the City of London looks even more magical when all the lights are lit.
Day 4: Battersea Power Station
Today you return home, but it would be a shame to leave London without having done some vigorous shopping. Battersea Power Station is a brand new, luxurious shopping centre in a former power station. Everything has been beautifully renovated, with an eye for detail and authentic elements. Besides shops, there are plenty of restaurants and bars galore. There are even cinemas, a theatre and a VR room. In short: you will be busy here for a while before returning home.
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