Spending 48 hours in London

After a busy few days in Plymouth, and only one day actually spent at home(!), Aaron and I decided to hop on the National Express coach to spend a couple of days in London.

There’s so much to see and do in the city, which is just one of the reasons why it’s one of my favourites to visit in the UK. I never fail to find something new every time I visit.

We had planned to do a tandem bunjee jump alongside the 02 arena on this trip. But unfortunately they were sold out! πŸ™ Instead we booked an overnight stay in a B&B near Victoria Station and decided to check out Madame Tussauds.

Did I mention Madame Tussauds has a Star Wars exhibit?
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With only 48 hours in London city centre we knew planning would be key. But quickly found out there is very little to do after 8pm unless you fancy casinos or nightclubs! So it’s worth baring in mind.

We got to London around midday and our first stop was brunch at Ed’s Easy Diner in Victoria. A place I’ve walked past on multiple occasions but always been too rushed to try out. The food was decent and had a few vegan options available (including a milkshake), but I felt it was expensive for what it was.

With our bellies full we headed off to find our B&B. I always like to get my bearings first when I’m staying overnight anywhere. Mostly so I know where I need to get to later and I’m not frantically hunting for my accommodation at night!

We were staying at the Surtees Guest House which was a rip off if I’m honest. Even by London pricing. The room was a box, the shared shower was uninviting and the thin orange curtains let the street light lamp through! Needless to say we didn’t sleep well. πŸ™

The staff were friendly enough but not as accommodating as we would have expected. It was a completely different experience to our B&B stay in Plymouth. But was adequate enough for one night.

Madame Tussauds

We booked our tickets online before visiting to take advantage of the online discount and bought Alien Experience tickets too. We were disappointed that people were entering the Alien exhibit for free when we visited, as there were no staff monitoring the area. We felt cheated but loved the Alien Experience regardless – especially the face hugger eggs.

Towards the end of the exhibit we were treated to a Marvel 4D cinema experience in the old planetarium. The story line was good and it was nice to sit down for a few minutes.

We took a lovely evening walk around Regent’s Park before having dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. Regent’s Park was full of wildlife and a handful of street performers.

The Rainforest Cafe is, quirky, that’s probably the best word to describe it. The cafe is full of animantromic creatures, the bar resembles a snakeskin and every so often you might experience a thunderstorm.

Although we enjoyed the atmosphere, both the food and the service were poor compared to my last visit (6 years ago). One of the only items I could eat were the chicken tenders from the ‘appetisers’ section. A vast change to the dairy free options I was offered previously.

London Dungeons

We checked out of our B&B and headed towards central London. Our first stop was the video arcade near the London Aquarium where Aaron beat me at Mario Kart! πŸ™ I blame the seats not being suitable for short people – I had difficulties reaching the accelerator.

There were a few attractions we wanted to see and ultimately decided on both the London Dungeons and the London Eye. Having experienced the dungeons in Edinburgh I knew what to expect, with live actors, two rides and a bunch of jump scares. The London Dungeons was very similar and did not disappoint!

Aaron in the rat torture trap. πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

So if you like the macabre, are interested in history, or just looking for something a little different, I’d highly recommend it. The staff and performers were all very entertaining.

London Eye

If you want a great view of Westminster and, aren’t scared of heights, then the London Eye is perfect for getting a birds eye view of the city.

Depending on the season or time of day it can get very busy, so book in advance. In fact the more London attractions you buy, the better the discount you receive. Especially online!

The London Eye is roughly 30 minutes and is a slow ferris wheel ride over the River Thames. We had a reasonably clear day and I was able to spot the Houses or Parliament, The Shard and The BT Tower as we went round.

On the way back to Victoria station we took a stroll up South Bank and popped into Tate Modern. I’d never been inside before and was stunned at just how big it was! We’ve made a note to go back and have a proper look around next time, but I am happy to say we were able to see Claude Monet’s water lilies.

We completely lost track of time and didn’t have chance to grab food before rushing to meet our coach! It’s very easy to get lost in the artwork within the Tate Gallery.

My next travel post will be all about my sister’s hen weekend in Disneyland Paris, so stay tuned. 😊

What do you love about London? How would you spend 48 hours in the capital?

10 thoughts on “Spending 48 hours in London

  1. Ashley says:

    We’re planning a trip to London in the summer, thank you for giving me some ideas. Madame Tussauds looks amazing. I’d love to have a go on the London Eye, but my fear of heights might stop me xxx

  2. Lauren Elena says:

    Bummer that you didn’t stay at a great place. Sounds like you still had a good time though. I can’t wait to visit London one day. I’m not quite sure what the London Dungeons are but I’m intrigued!
    I love heights so I’ll definitely do the London Eye when I go.
    Cool post!

  3. Britt says:

    The London Dungeons sounds like an attraction I definitely need to check out! I’ll be adding that to the list for when we make our way over there for sure!

  4. Highlander Trekking says:

    Spending hours can be difficult in travel if you have not idea what to do. if you have plan then it might help but if you don’t have plan you are going to re grate it , if anyplace is missed. really nice article to spend hours in London.

  5. Lauren says:

    It looks like you had a great time! I love being in London, I am actually going there a week Monday to see Hugh Jackman in concert and spending the night there. I love seeing the sights even though I have seen them before πŸ˜‚ I haven’t been to Madame Tussauds yet but it’s something I want too and the aquarium. Thank you for sharing Kim πŸ’›xx

  6. Sophie Wentworth says:

    This sounds like a bit of a hit and miss trip. It’s a shame the place you stayed wasn’t that great! I always get really excited to eat when I’m in London, I’m from a small town in essentially the middle of nowhere so finding a vegan option is usually impossible. The options when I get to go to entirely vegan restaurants make me very very happy. It’s a shame you didn’t get to do the jump, I would have loved to read about that x

    Sophie

  7. Lisa says:

    It’s been YEARS since I was last in London but your review of Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeons brought back a few memories. TBH, I don’t think I’d go back again any time soon, it’s too busy and crowded for me and I’m not good with lots of people. Alan and Flora went up to the Natural History Museum earlier this year and I think she was overwhelmed by how busy everything was – she’s showing no signs of wanting to return just, anyway! It sounds like your trip to Plymouth was much more enjoyable – something I can agree with, haha! Lisa xx

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