How to Spend an Extra Day in London

If you find yourself with a day to spare in this grand metropolis,  you're in for a treat.

 

Whether you've booked our special A Night On Us offer or serendipitously discovered an additional day to explore London, consider it a fortuitous gift waiting to be unwrapped. To ensure this unexpected day becomes a highlight of your London escapade, we've crafted a guide that beckons you to delve into the city's history and charm.

 

TAKE A MORNING STROLL AROUND ST JAMES'S PARK

Arise from your luxurious Corinthia London bed, draw back the curtains and prepare to begin a special day in the city. After breakfast at The Northall or from the comfort of your room, don your winter layers and take a refreshing stroll to St James’s Park just 10 minutes from the hotel. Established as one of the royal hunting grounds in the 16th century, the park has evolved into a meticulously landscaped oasis that seamlessly blends regal grandeur with the tranquillity of nature. Its centrepiece is the picturesque lake, dotted with charming islands and surrounded by manicured lawns. Make sure not to miss the iconic view from the Blue Bridge, where the lake is framed by the London Eye and Horse Guards Parade. St James's Park is also renowned for its diverse birdlife, including a resident population of pelicans that have become a beloved symbol of this green space. 

 

ENJOY LUNCH IN SEVEN DIALS

After your peaceful park stroll, head north to Seven Dials. In the heart of bustling Covent Garden, this hidden gem awaits those with a penchant for discovery and a desire to stray from the well-trodden paths of the city. Seven Dials is a quaint and historic enclave, boasting an irresistible charm that whispers tales of centuries past. Wander down cobblestone paths past independent boutiques, vintage emporiums and charming cafes. When you start feeling peckish, slide into a hidden courtyard eatery or choose a quaint spot on the street where the hum of conversation harmonises with the clink of cutlery. From hearty British fare to exotic international dishes, Seven Dials offers an array of gastronomic delights that will transform a simple meal into a memorable part of the day's narrative.

Boats on the River Thames with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament behind
Plants and architecture in the Barbican Conservatory
 
EXPLORE THE BARBICAN'S HIDDEN GARDENS

Once lunch is complete, we suggest a short trip east on the London Underground to the Barbican Centre. Nestled within this architectural marvel lies a green oasis – tall ferns sway gracefully, exotic flowers release delicate fragrances and the soothing trickle of water offers a moment of respite from the bustle of the city. Located on the third floor, the Barbican Conservatory houses 1,500 species of plants and trees, flora from around the world and a variety of cold-water fish in three separate pools. This tranquil haven is a testament to the city's ability to surprise and delight, offering a unique twist to your itinerary for how to spend a day in London.

 

VISIT ONE OF LONDON'S QUIRKY MUSEUMS

Nestled within The Royal College of Surgeons near Holborn, the Hunterian Museum stands as a fascinating testament to the history of medicine and the human anatomy. Stepping into its hallowed halls, you are confronted with an array of surgical specimens, anatomical models and medical artifacts that unveil the intricate complexities of the human body. Though it may not be for the faint of heart, the Hunterian Museum offers a unique and educational experience. 

For those after something a little lighter, Sir John Soane’s Museum can be found opposite, on the other side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and offers a treasure trove of art, architecture and antiquities. Housed within the former home of renowned neoclassical architect Sir John Soane, the museum presents a mesmerising tableau of his life and passions. Artefacts range from classical sculptures and ancient Egyptian artifacts to painted masterpieces by artists like J.M.W. Turner.

 

DINE ON THE RIVER

Once the sun has descended over London's skyline, there is no more enchanting way to conclude an extra day in the city than by savouring a dining experience aboard a boat on the River Thames. The play of lights reflecting on the water, the gentle rhythm of the boat's movement and unobstructed views of London's most iconic landmarks create an atmosphere that is both intimate and grandiose. Enjoy an ever-changing backdrop, from the historic Tower of London to the modern architecture of Canary Wharf, as you enjoy delicious dishes and sip on the finest wines. Should you wish to book a special riverboat experience, our Concierge team would be delighted to assist.

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