London is one of the largest & most populated of cities in Europe, with a wide combination of ethnicities and nationalities all living side by side, mainly due to the immigration over the years.
London is all about freedom of expression, and embraces both the historic as well as modern living. The city is of course divided by the vast river Thames which divides the city into distinct areas each with there own identity. London is often likened to a moving train: it is difficult to board and know where it is going to take you, but your trip you can rest assured that you will never be bored!
A weekend or a few days is not much when compared to what this city has to offer, for this reason, before visiting, I would advise any would be visitors to plan a itinerary making use of the excellent London underground transport system “the Tube” or even take the famous Red buses to see more (bear in mind due to the traffic it takes longer to get around).
Here are some tips on what to see!
London Museums to see
The most important museums in London are free and open throughout the week:
- Victoria and Albert Museum: located in one of the most affluent areas of London, South Kensington, this huge museum holds the largest exhibition in the world dedicated to the arts, not to mention the beautiful sections devoted to architecture, drawings and sculptures. Open from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm, and on Fridays until late (10 pm).
- Tate Britain: it is situated in the area of Millbank on the south side of the Thames, is the ultimate gallery of British art with works from the sixteenth century to the present day. Among the artists on display: Hockney, Bacon, Blake, Constable and Turner. The Tate is open every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
- Tate Modern: housed in the former Bankside Power Station, The Tate Modern is the most vis
ited modern art gallery in the world. It showcases many artists including Braque, Chagall, Dali, Matisse, Miro, Pollock, Picasso, Warhol, Kandinsky. Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday until 10 pm.
- National Gallery, located in the centre of London in Trafalgar Square, it is home to an extraordinary collection of over 2,300 paintings dating back to the 17th to the 19th century. Inside you can admire Monet, Leonardo, Canaletto, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Van Gogh, among many others. The National Gallery is open from 10 am until 6:00 pm, & on Fridays until 9 pm.
If you spend a day walking around Oxford Street or in some East End market you will have the opportunity to indulge in a weekend of pure shopping in London. Among the big names in the fashion world, international chains, markets of all types and emerging designers, London is a shopper’s paradise, with items on offer for all tastes and budgets. A “must do” is the Portobello market on Saturday which is c often considered the best day to visit to take in the colourful atmosphere. The East End on Sunday, between the Old Spitalfields market, the Petticoat wool market and Brick Lane will also tempt you with particular items for sale.