Best London city breaks 2022


Find great ideas for a short stay in London, from inspiring itineraries around the city’s hidden gems, to fabulous restaurant and hotel deals.

Weekend city breaks

Purple canal boat moored in London's Little Venice canal lined with trees.

Spend a weekend city break in London and make the most of all the capital has to offer in two exciting days. Whether you’re here for a little downtime or are celebrating a special occasion, London has something for everyone. 

Do:

The work week is finally over which means you’ve got a whole weekend of fun ahead of you. Head straight to your London hotel, drop your bags and freshen up for a night out on the town. 

Dine:

From family-run restaurants to Michelin hot spots, London serves up world-class gastronomy

Stay:

Whether you're looking for an iconic hotel in the centre of the city or a lesser-known boutique or B&B, discover the best places to stay in London.

Don’t miss:

There's always something exciting happening across the city, so be sure to check our events calendar to see what's on during your stay.

Romantic city breaks

A couple stands together by the river thames looking at the london eye and tower bridge.

Treat your loved one to a romantic weekend in London.

Do:

Spend some quality time together, whether that's by unwinding with a luxury treatment or exploring the capital's most romantic sights.

Dine:

Get ready for a night out to remember as the sun goes down and London is lit up by thousands of flickering lights.

Stay:

Find your love nest at a romantic London hotel, and indulge in a cosy breakfast in bed before heading for a stroll in the city’s most beautiful parks. 

Don’t miss:

A dinner cruise along the river Thames is the ideal setting for an unforgettable evening… and maybe even for a proposal

City breaks for families

Young blonde girl posing in front of Tower Bridge and the river Thames on a summer's day.

Treat the kids and make memories for a lifetime with a fun family break to London full of exciting activities for all ages.

Do:

London is full of attractions your children will love, from interactive museum exhibits to outdoor activities and sightseeing.

  • Add a little magic to your London city break and discover everything Harry Potter around town.
  • Or head to the West End to see family-favourite shows such as Wicked and Matilda.
  • On a budget? Browse our ideas for free things to do with kids in London and be inspired. 

Dine:

It should come as no surprise that London serves some of the best food in the world, and there’s no exception when it comes to options for families.

  • Go wild at the exotic Jungle Cave.
  • Tuck into pan-Asian cuisine on the interactive tables at Inamo.

Stay:

Check out London’s cheap hotels with family rooms for the best deals, or treat your loved ones to a luxury accommodation experience at these family-friendly hotels.

Don’t miss:

London’s best immersive experiences, from meeting your favourite characters at Shrek’s Adventure! London to giant ball pits and anti-gravity rooms at SENSAS*.

Cultural city breaks

Egyptian statue on display at the British Museum in London.

London is the perfect cultural destination for a city break filled with vibrant art, iconic music, world-class theatre and stunning sights.

Do:

A city with diverse offerings, when you're not taking in the beauty of the city’s historic sites be amazed by the colourful street art as you walk around east London. 

Dine:

London is a melting pot of cultures, which brings with it varied cuisine from around the world. But it wouldn’t be a trip to London without having indulged at an afternoon tea. Head to one of city’s spots, hop aboard a sightseeing bus or take your tea with a twist. Or pair your afternoon tea with an expert guided highlights tour of the National Gallery

Stay:

Give your trip a creative twist and stay at one of the city’s wonderful design hotels. From art-deco accommodation to quirky boutiques, discover a new home-away-from-home that makes it hard to leave.

  • Nestle yourself in Andaz Liverpool Street, a former railway hotel dating back to 1884.
  • Explore the vibrant interiors and carefully curated private art collection at The Mandrake.
  • Artist Residence London in Pimlico is a vibrant yet peaceful enclave from the hustle and bustle of capital.  

Don’t miss:

A guided tour of the British Museum. See the very best of the many exhibitions and impressive collection of artefacts and ancient treasures.

Foodie city breaks

Smiling young couple enjoying a drink and a chat in a London street food market.

Immerse yourself in London’s eclectic food scene and eat your way around the capital with our ideas for a delicious city break.

Do:

Just as there is plenty of sightseeing to do in the capital, there's also plenty to eat. 

Dine:

Start your day with an artisanal coffee, grab some tasty street food at London’s colourful markets and do some gourmet shopping at these luxury food shops. From bottomless to the downright bizarre, treat yourself to a late start and enjoy a delicious brunch. Or let one of these quirky restaurants surprise your senses with balanced flavours and unusual decor. 

  • Head to beloved vegan and vegetarian spot Mildreds for a feast of international influences.
  • From folklore and fairy tales to a night at the movies, sample inventive dishes from an ever-changing themed tasting menu at Six by Nico.
  • Duck & Waffle serves classic European and British dishes accompanied by fantastic views of the city from the 40th floor of the Salesforce Tower London.

Stay:

Splash out and stay at one of the few London hotels to have a Michelin-starred restaurant, such as Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and The Berkeley. Or position yourself smack bang in the middle of London’s top foodie areas such as Camden, trend-setting Shoreditch, vibrant Soho and upmarket Mayfair.

Don’t miss:

Take on a 21-course sushi experience* and bubbles with Chef Suren at The Rubens at the Palace.  

Sustainable city breaks in London

A group of four young people cycling on a bridge in London on a summer's day.

London is a fantastic destination for responsible tourists, with its eco-conscious eateries and sustainable activities.

Do:

London is home to some of the world’s most beautiful green spaces, and getting around the city has never been greener with London’s extensive public transport network and cycle hire schemes.

Dine:

London’s eco-conscious food scene continues to grow and evolve as new and innovative ideas for sustainable dining experiences are discovered.

  • Silo in Hackney is one of the world’s first zero-waste restaurants where the carefully curated menu makes use of every ingredient. Everything has a purpose or has been repurposed, with plates formed from plastic bags to the crockery made from crushed wine bottles.
  • If you’re looking for delicious comfort food, Unity Diner in Spitalfields has an extensive vegan menu that includes delicious plant-based favourites such as tofish and chips, truffle burger and ice cream waffles. Also, profits from Unity Diner support the running of an animal sanctuary that has already rescued over 150 animals.

See more vegan restaurants.

Stay:

Many of London’s hotels are helping the city to become greener. From smaller actions such as switching to eco-friendly toiletries to bigger changes such as adding energy-saving solar panels and insulation.

  • No need to compromise on comfort at The Londoner Hotel where sustainability meets luxury with new technologies preserving the biosphere.
  • Relax on Ham Yard Hotel’s living rooftop that is home to a bucolic vegetable garden and beehives.
  • Eco-minded The Corner London City embodies all things sustainable, from airdrop shower heads to bike hire.

Don’t miss:

An evening at London’s Sky Garden enjoying panoramic views of the city and sipping on cocktails while you listen to live jazz. 

Cheap city breaks

A shot of hope the blue whale in the main hall of the natural history museum in London.

A visit to London doesn’t need to break the bank. Book your London city trip in advance for the best travel and accommodation rates, and follow our tips to find cheap theatre tickets to your favourite shows.

Do:

London boasts lots of free attractions and museums: you’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to free things to do!

Buy a sightseeing pass to save money and enjoy complimentary and fast-track entrance to unmissable London icons and must-see attractions.

Dine:

If all this sightseeing has got you hungry, check out our pick of the best cheap eats in town or try these budget lunch spots.

Stay:

Book a room in a cheap London hotel, stay at a cosy bed and breakfast or at a self-catering apartment, or check out London’s best hostels and budget hotel chains.  

Don’t miss:

Get great value for your money by spending a day seeing London’s top sights on the Total London Experience

City breaks in London neighbourhoods 

The colourful shop façades of Camden Market

Experience a different side of London: go off the beaten track and explore fascinating London areas. If you’ve been to London many times and think you’ve seen it all before, there’s still plenty to discover beyond the city’s top tourist spots.