Discovering London in just 24 hours seems like an exceptionally daunting task. In a city of 8.6 million people, home to thousands of restaurants, over 300 museums, and seemingly limitless other landmarks to discover, how do you begin? While it may not be possible to see all of the capital during a lightning-round stopover, follow this itinerary and you’ll be rewarded with a taste of the city’s best. From world-class museums like Somerset House and ancient markets like Borough Market to a dose of the famous performing arts scene courtesy of the Royal Opera House, enjoy a whirlwind 24 hours in London. You may not experience it all – that’d take years – but it certainly makes for a thrilling teaser.
Morning Culture: From Somerset house to The National Portrait Gallery
You’ve begun your day jetlag-free (ideally) and with a generous breakfast in the Northall. What next? You’ll be doing a fair amount of dining later, so a bit of morning perambulation isn’t just a fine way to see the city – it’ll also ensure that you’ve worked up an appetite by lunchtime.
From Corinthia London, set off towards Trafalgar Square and within steps of the towering Nelson’s Column, you’ll find both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. The motivated can try and explore both, though even one will more than provide your recommended dose of masterpieces. Don’t miss the Tudor and Elizabethan portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, while the National Gallery is host to world-famous paintings like ‘A Young Woman Standing at a Virginial” by Vermeer and ‘The Ambassadors’ by Hans Holbein the Younger.
Alternatively, a leisurely stroll up the Strand is one of those quintessential London walks. Meander over to Somerset House: both a striking Neoclassical icon on the site of an old Tudor palace and an exhibition space for blockbuster art shows, its gorgeous looks and Thames-side placement make it a must, whether or not you fancy attending an exhibition.