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See ya summer: How to make the most out of your weekend trip to London before summer ends

Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that the experiences have to end. Avoid those back to work blues with one last weekend trip that ends your summer in style. But when time is short, you want to pack in as many activities as possible. That’s why London is the ideal weekend trip to round off your Summer.

But when the capital is packed with so many different places and events to experience, where do you even start? Here is a list of places that you really don’t want to miss on your weekend trip to London.

Kew Gardens

In terms of experiencing the wonders of the natural world, there are few locations that top the stunning Kew Gardens. Opening in 1759, Kew Gardens has a long history of wowing visitors. Whether you visit by yourself, with friends or family, Kew offers a visual and sensory experience that you’ll remember for years to come.

Engross yourself in the sites and smells of over 50,000 living plants as you traverse board walks. Kew truly offers an adventure for the senses. When you feel you need a rest, there are fantastic eating and drinking facilities that offer both in indoor and outdoor seating.


If gardens don’t appeal, London features 3,000 parks to explore. Many feature Santander’s cycle scheme, for a minimal fee you can hire a bike and explore the parks at your leisure. Parks also serve as an ideal location for a picnic or a space to take a break from the hustle of the city.


If you want to take a break from the sun (or the rain!), or if you just fancy a day of discovery, a museum can be a great option for you and all on the family. London has over 170 museums so whatever your interest, London has it covered. Here are a few highlights:

The Science Museum

The Science Museum has long been educating visitors and creating new and exciting exhibitions. Immerse yourself in displays that reveal how innovations in science have transformed human learning.

The Natural History Museum

Come to face to face with fossils, relics and full-scale replicas of dinosaurs. The Natural History Museum provides a fascinating day out. If you have kids, this is one attraction they’re sure to love.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A is sure to fascinate lovers of art and design. Get lost viewing over 2 million objects from artists and designers from around the world.

Need somewhere to stay?

Look for fantastic hotels in Shepherd’s Bush London and you’ll be a short hop from some of the best museums and parks.

02 Climb

Experience a 90-minute climb that will see you scale the iconic roof of the O2 arena. You’ll get magnificent views across London’s skyline from a completely unique angle. This is an activity that is bound to please thrill seekers.

Alternatively, if this sounds like your worst nightmare, there’s an option of a cable car across the Thames. You’ll get breath-taking panoramic views, from the safety of your cable car.

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