Five Absolutely Magical Days in London

posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:24:08 AM

The iconic English city of London awaits. From Big Ben to the London Eye, Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace, there are so many sights to see. London vacations packages from Vacations by Marriott can help you build the vacation of your dreams. Below, we’ve created a sample itinerary to help you imagine the type of journey you can take. Have a look!

Day One: You land at London’s Heathrow Airport in late-morning after an overnight flight, as anticipation builds to see your hotel: the stunning St. Pancras Renaissance London. Located within one of the world’s most significant Gothic revivals, the hotel is truly like no other – one that mingles Victorian splendor with contemporary style and service. You settle in and relax for a while, then head downstairs for afternoon tea at Hansom Lounge. Later, you hop in a taxi bound for Embankment Pier and a Thames River Dinner Cruise. Once on board, you gaze out at the illuminated city sights including Big Ben and the London Eye, and finish the evening with a little after-dinner dancing. The trip is off to a great start.

Day Two: You’ll spend your first full day in London getting your bearings and doing some sightseeing in this most iconic of cities. London made the double-decker bus famous and you purchase a hop-on, hop-off pass that enables you to explore the city at your leisure. You admire the Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London, stop by Westminster Abbey, hang out for a while in Trafalgar Square, browse some shops around Piccadilly Circus, gaze up at Big Ben, and cross the Thames to snap some pictures from the London Eye. Later, you make your way back to the hotel and stride down its famous grand staircase to dinner in The Gilbert Scott Bar and Restaurant. Splendid.

Day Three: You’ve opted to take a trip out into the English countryside, and your first stop is majestic Windsor Castle, home of the British Royal Family for 900 years, Windsor is the world's largest and oldest occupied castle. You explore the lavishly-decorated State Apartments and St George's Chapel, and continue through the rolling landscape to Stonehenge, a collection of stones dragged to this lonely plain near Salisbury 5,000 years ago. This ancient stone circle is still a place of strong spiritual significance, and continues to capture the imagination of visitors. Finally, it’s onward to Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture and widely considered one of England's prettiest cities. What a day!

Day Four: No trip to London is truly complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of Guard, during which one military regiment takes over from another to provide palace security. The New Guard, who during the course of the ceremony becomes The Queen’s Guard, marches to Buckingham Palace from Wellington Barracks – a colorful and quintessentially British spectacle that’s not to be missed. Later this evening, it’s time for a special treat in the form of a West End theatre performance of Les Miserables, the classic musical set in 19th Century France that tells stories of love and bravery amid the backdrop of the French Revolution. After the show, you enjoy a nightcap and toast a magical evening.

Day Five: You’ll be leaving London later this afternoon, but there’s still time for a morning stroll around Hyde Park. The park spans 350 acres and is home to a large number of famous landmarks, including 16 different memorials, fountains and statues. You spend a few minutes at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial, check out the Statue of Achilles, and snap a picture at the Joy of Life Fountain. Then it’s over to Speaker’s Corner, which is a traditional site for public speeches and debates since the mid 1800's, when protests and demonstrations took place in Hyde Park. Your visit to London is nearing its end, and you take a seat and reflect on what’s undoubtedly one of world’s greatest cities, with so much to see and do.

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