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How to Have an Unforgettable 48 hours in London, England

Aug 17, 2007
Friday night

Start the weekend with a glass of wine and dinner at Butlers Wharf Chop House and enjoy its spectacular views over the Thames, the Gherkin and Tower Bridge. If you fancy a few drinks in an authentic London pub, head to Prospect of Whitby one of London's oldest pubs. Join past drinkers such as Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys (maybe he was drinking here whist London was burning in 1666) and order a pint of cold beer. Then join London's trendy fashion set at Mayfair bar Funkybuddha and dance the night away to some great RnB. The perfect introduction to London.

Saturday

Start with a trip to the London Eye for amazing views over the city. You can see all the famous landmarks including Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral and The Houses of Parliament. Then watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace before wondering around its grand halls soaking in the royal history. Afterwards, hop into one of those famous London cabs and go shopping in swanky department store Harrods. Spoil yourself or your friends with some exclusive luxury items. Have a cosy dinner at Cafe des Amis in Convent Garden (the prix fixe menu will let you eat for under 20) before catching a show at London's glittering west end.

Saturday Night

London is the party capital and there are hundreds of bars, pubs and clubs to choose from. Start the night off at Lost Society in Clapham and explore themed rooms including the library bar, black and white room and secret garden. Go to the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel which dates back to the nineteenth century and listen to the live jazz band. Move onto No 5 in Cavendish Square or Embassy London in Mayfair for some cocktails and celeb spotting. For a more up-tempo night head down to super clubs Ministry of Sound and Pacha for some of the best club experiences in Europe. You'll be dancing well into the night.

Sunday

Nurse that hangover with a Full English Breakfast at the New Piccadilly Cafe in Piccadilly Circus. The Cafe still retains an authentic Soho 1950's feel with original decor and menus. Afterwards take the morning easy with a wander through Camden market and pick up some vintage clothes and jewellery. No trip to London would be complete without High Tea at the Ritz where you can sample the many teas, delicate sandwiches and cakes on offer. Next it's off to the National Gallery where you can take in famous paintings like Van Gough's Sunflowers and Monet's The Water Lilly Pond. Finish the weekend off by getting some fish and chips and watch the sun go down over the Thames.

Does London swing? Probably, but I can definitely say, "it rocks".

London is number 6 on my list of top 10 BEST places to visit in the World!
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Ann Coveney is a freelance writer and part time school teacher. She can be hired to write articles on a wide range of topics. The web site she uses the most for low cost travel and hotel booking is AskVicki.co.uk
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