We’ve all been there — stuck in an incredible city without all that much time to get out and enjoy it before we have to jet off to our final destination. And when that city’s London, well, it can seem impossible. To help solve this modern-age conundrum, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your layover in London, even if it’s just overnight.
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London has some of the best public transportation in the world. But getting to and from any of the three major airports by train and metro can be time consuming and exhausting. It’s well worth it to call and book a cab ahead of time so you can maximize the precious few hours you have there. We suggest the guys over at Exclusive Airports. They’ll get you into the city quickly and they even offer a discount if you book online before your ride.
This quintessential British hotel oozes just the right amount of comfort, casual ambiance and luxury. Check in and enjoy a hot tea in their living room styled lobby while you wait for your room to be ready. Then, freshen up with a quick shower and maybe even a nap on those big comfy beds with beautifully styled headboards. The Hoxton has two hotels in London, one in Shoreditch and the other in Holborn — with both neighborhoods being great to explore on their own and access the rest of the city.
Just because you’re here for a short time, doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy London. Granted, you’re not going to be able to see much — so choose wisely. Focus on one neighborhood, or head to an attraction you’ve been dying to see. From there you can wander and explore a bit more before dinner or drinks.
You’re not in the city long, so you deserve at least one totally satisfying, finger-licking good meal to remember the trip. There are endless options to choose from but, we’ll attempt to name a few. For the delicacy of small-plate eating but casual, delicious meals, try Naughty Piglets in South London. For live jazz and a truly phenomenal (but lavish) meal, give the bites at Park Chinois a try. We also suggest Ember Yard on the skirts of Soho for a late night meal if drinks at the pub end up going late.
If you still have a few hours to kill the next morning, opt for a walking tour. You can find everything from coffee shop tours to neighborhood explorations like this Shoreditch photography and street tour by Foto Ruta. It’s a great way to check out a new part of the city or just learn something new — and with a guide, you can ensure you won’t get lost and miss your next flight.