Ultimate Weekend London Trip Itinerary
Discover London on a weekend coach trip from the West Country with Berry’s Coaches
London has so much to offer for visitors to the capital. But once you’ve heard Big Ben chime, visited Buckingham Palace and taken in the views from the London Eye, what’s next? Our 2-day weekend guide will help you unearth some of London’s hidden gems when you visit on your Berry’s Coach trip. You will discover a side to London not usually seen by tourists, along with some old favourites. With plenty of family-friendly attractions that won’t break the bank, you can be sure of a great weekend that stays on budget.
As you are staying for just one night, I would suggest the best approach is staying in Hammersmith itself. This way you will have less distance to take your bags on arrival. On departure, most hotels have a luggage room so you can store your bags until the end of the day, before hopping straight on the coach. The alternative you will be grateful to not have to carry them up and down stairs on the tube. As Hammersmith isn’t in Zone 1 (i.e. Central London) you will also benefit from more competitively priced hotel rooms.
I’d suggest the Novotel London West. It’s clean, modern, child friendly and well placed at a 5-10 minute walk from the coach drop off point and the underground. A room on a Saturday night, at the time of writing, was around £80 based on 2 adults and 2 children.
2 Day Weekend Itinerary
11am - Arrive in Hammersmith by Berry’s Coach.
11.15 – Drop the bags at the Hotel
11.30 - Hyde Park
TIME: 90 minutes
TOTAL COST: £12 per adult, £8 per child - entry to Hyde Park is FREE.
Hyde Park is a short bus ride (9/23 bus from stop G on Latymer Court; 15min) from the hotel. As the largest park in central London, it has plenty of attractions to keep everyone entertained. Enter by the NW corner and walk along the southern edge to find The Albert Memorial, a large golden statue dedicated to Queen Victoria’s late husband. Don’t forget to look across the road to the Royal Albert Hall (no prizes for guessing who it’s named after). Heading across the Serpentine, a large recreational lake, you will see the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, which is a favourite for children to play and paddle in. The Serpentine is mostly used for activities such as boating rather than swimming, so you can leave your swimsuit at home. Then head round to the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen for a bite of lunch. Sandwiches and fresh cooked pizzas and salads are on offer - budget around £12 per adult, £8 per child – then sit and soak in the atmosphere of the Serpentine. If you have time, about 10 minutes from the restaurant, you can take a walk up to the NE corner of the park to find ‘Speakers Corner’. On a weekend this area holds public speeches and debates and has been going since the mid 1800's. There is usually some colourful characters and enthusiasts giving their views to anyone who will listen. There’s usually a bit of back and forth with the audience not dissimilar to a Punch and Judy show, so the kids won’t find the content too dry. It’s worth a visit for its uniqueness.
13.30 Science Museum
TIME: 90 minutes
TOTAL COST: £FREE
You could spend the entire day in here and not even come close to seeing it all. With more than 300,000 objects over 7 floors, this museum is chock full of artefacts for the adults and interactive exhibits for the children. Everything is exceptionally curated to be educational without feeling like a school lesson. Kids will love the Apollo 10 command module and flight simulator, and the Engineer Your Future exhibit. It encourages lots of interaction while promoting and inspiring their engineering skills.
If science isn’t your thing then the Natural History Museum is just next door. Think a range of animal and natural curiosities. The dinosaur gallery is always a favourite with kids and big kids for a very good reason.
If you are visiting during social distancing measures, you will need to pre-book a timed admission ticket for both museums. You should budget a little time for queuing but as everything is timed this shouldn’t be too excessive.
3:30pm Kayaking on Regents Canal
TIME: 90 minutes
TOTAL COST: £39 p/p
Regents Canal spans west to east London and is a great way to see some of the local scenery in a different way. Tours of the canal are run by various companies such as London Kayak Tours. Starting by London Zoo and travelling up to the famous Camden Lock, your guide will tell you some of the history of the local area, whilst the kids enjoy paddling past the animals at the zoo who are furiously digging an escape route – but never seem to get out. Kids need to be 9 and above for this one. Check their website for further guidance.
If Kayaking isn’t for you then starting at the same spot by the towpath near London Zoo, the canal path is a great walk. I’d suggest heading down to Camden Lock which will take you around 45 minutes depending on your speed of walking.
If the Kayak Tours aren’t operational then you can take a walk down the canal from the same spot on the canal (by London Zoo) to reach Camden Market, a huge outdoor weekend market. Here you can shop for curios, artisan foods, and handmade items. The walk takes around 15 minutes.
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5.00pm – Back to the hotel
Quick freshen up and change. If you finished at Camden, then the quickest route back is via tube. Take the Northern Line from Camden Town and change at Leicester Square Station for the Piccadilly Line straight back to Hammersmith. If you finished the Kayaking then still the most direct route is to head along the tow path until reaching Camden Town tube and following the above route.
7.00pm Ghost Bus Tour
TIME: 75 minutes
Where: Outside The Grand, by Trafalgar Square. The quickest route is the District Line from Hammersmith through to Embankment then a short walk up to Trafalgar Square.
TOTAL COST: £24 per adult, £16 per child, Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children - £61)
What self-respecting coach tours company wouldn’t promote a bus tour as part of its activities? The Ghost Bus Tours – say it out loud if you need to get the gag - is a horror-comedy bus tour with its tongue very much set in its cheek. This creepy, family-friendly (children over 5 years old) adventure will take you around favourite London landmarks. Doing so you will learn some of the bloody history of the city onboard the classic 1960’s Routemaster bus painted in midnight black. Children of the right disposition will love the classically-trained actors, costumes and stories. There’s plenty of interesting history to keep the adults entertained too.
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You will be spoilt for choice for dinner by Trafalgar Square. There are the usual chain restaurants which serve familiar and affordable meals. Your options will depend largely on your tastes, however, I would suggest Thai Pot - Bedfordbury is an excellent choice for a delicious, balanced and reasonably priced meal in the heart of London. Expect to pay around £12 for mains per person.
If you still have the energy, take a walk to Piccadilly Circus to see the bright lights of the London’s West End, and street performers before hopping in an Uber back to the hotel (around £20). Alternatively, take the Piccadilly Line tube direct from Piccadilly Circus through to Hammersmith to keep things under budget.
TOTAL COST: £10 per adult, £4-5 per child.
Yes, yes, yes. Getting up for an 8.30 breakfast on a Sunday is a challenge. But you’re on a 2-day break. You can sleep back at home! Avoid the breakfast at the hotel. It’ll almost certainly be overpriced. Instead, drop into Bills Hammersmith. It’s no more than a 10-minute walk from the hotel. They do delicious modern English breakfasts and brunches (around £10 per head for adults, £4-5 for kids), pancake stacks, fresh juices and coffees. They also do a kids menu if you are travelling with little ones.
After leaving hop on the District Line from Hammersmith to Monument (check the actual Monument to the Great Fire of London the station was named after on the way), hop on a connecting bus (26) to get to our next stop.
10.30am Columbia Road Flower Market
TOTAL COST: £0
This market is only open on a Sunday and truly feels as though you are stepping onto the set of EastEnders. What is normally an arty street in East London gets transformed into a street overflowing with noisy flower sellers. Plenty of small, artisan shops line the street where you can be sure to pick up a bargain or a good cup of coffee while you browse the stalls and pick something out to brighten up your home.
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12.45pm Sky Garden
TOTAL COST: £0 – need to pre-book
Beautiful views over the city of London. Check. Next door to the Shard, but not £35 per person. Check. Sometimes known as the Walkie Talkie due to its shape, the Sky Garden is a gem. This unassuming skyscraper also serves as a tropical rooftop garden with viewing platform over the City of London. Entrance is free, but you will have to book in advance on their website. Kids will love shooting up in the glass lift and pretending like they’re working in the city. Adults will love perusing the upmarket restaurant menu and the fantastic views.
Most of this part of the city is shut on the weekend including the larger restaurants which are reserved for the weekday city workers. Assuming you didn’t succumb to the lobster Thermador at the top of the Sky Garden, I’d suggest a quick bite at Pret a Manger or similar will suffice for lunch. Expect to pay around £7 for a sandwich and drink.
2.45 Hidden Cities
TIME: 90-150 minutes
WHERE: Starts at The Marylebone pub, 93 Marylebone High St
TOTAL COST: £19 per person (minimum of 2 players)
Hidden Cities is a text-based treasure hunt across the city. The game works with 2-5 players. They are loosely set around a theme – this one is fittingly Sherlock Holmes themed and called Moriarty’s Game. It allows you to journey across the city solving clues which are sent to your phone as you solve the previous one. Games are excellent fun for the young and old, and often bring out the competitive and co-operative streak in players. The hunts are well thought out, you can get sent clues if you get stuck, so it doesn’t detract from the fun. You will also get to explore bits of London you never knew existed.
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You should finish playing ‘Moriarty’s Game’ between 4.15-4.45, which will leave you plenty of time to head back to the hotel to collect your bags, grab a quick on the go bite along the way, all in time to catch the 6.15/6.45 coach home.
TOTAL ITINERARY COST
Transport to London
Berrys Coaches Return Adult: £29 per adult
Berrys Coaches Return Child: £15 per child
Activities and Food - Remember there are always budget friendly locations to eat.
Adult: £130-£140 pp
Child: £120-130 pp
Transport around London
Around £60 including taxis. Closer to £40-50 using public transport. Walking is free!
£80 for 2 adults and 2 children
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While the timings offer a rough guide, the time you spend at each activity will vary from group to group. You are ultimately responsible for getting back to the coach on time, so do make sure you give enough time for any potential travel delays. Passengers should be back at Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D) at least 15 minutes prior to the pre-booked departure time. Unfortunately, the coach is not able to wait if you are running late.
London transport costs are a rough guide. The London Underground will be a lower-cost alternative to a taxi or Uber. Remember walking is free!
Prices were checked on writing this blog. Please always check venues prior to travel in case of any changes due to COVID-19.