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Cultural London in 48 Hours

Here are a few tips on how to use time in London most efficiently when it comes to culture.

Day One, West London: Kew Gardens and biking through Windsor

Morning: Stroll along a walkway high up in the treetops, discover botanical galleries, and explore acres of gardens under glass at Kew Gardens; London’s largest and loveliest World Heritage Site.


Lunch: The Orangery in Kew Gardens is a lovely spot for a lunchtime soup and sandwich.

Afternoon: There are plenty of great bike tours to do in London. Spend a lovely afternoon cycling through historic Windsor on a bike tour, and discover the the deer in Richmond Park as you ride. As part of the trip, enjoy an afternoon picnic of tea and cake in the shadow of Windsor Castle.


Evening: Learn to take the best shots of London’s historic monuments magically illuminated by night. Your professional photographer guide will help you learn how to get the most out of your camera, with individual tips and tricks on how to work with white balance, motion blur, continuous exposure, and more.

Day Two, East London: Street Art Workshop, Cruising the Thames, and More

Morning: Learn different street art skills on a combined 4-hour workshop and walk in the East End of London. Take an inspiring walk to see some of the best street art in the world, before heading back to the workshop to create your own spray-paint masterpiece!


Lunch: Head to The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell for deliciously modern dishes such as tamarind glazed duck breast. If you’re in town on the weekend, don’t miss out on brunch!

Afternoon: Only ever gazed out at the River Thames from land? It’s time to get out on the water. You can even make the trip by speedboat!

After you’ve made a splash, just a few minutes’ walk from the Tate Modern, check out Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and hear storyteller guides narrate fascinating facts about London during Shakespeare’s time.

Evening: From delicate little dumplings to perfect steamed buns, head to the famous Yauatcha in Soho for world-class dim sum. Afterwards, head to modern speakeasy, Nightjar, in Shoreditch, for great blues and jazz music accompanied by unique cocktails.


Get around: Pick up your Visitors’ Oyster Card and get around town with ease.

Getting into town: Treat yourself to a private transfer to your hotel from any of London’s airports.

P.S: If you’ve done the Tates and V&A to death, why not discover the macabre exhibits at the Hunterian Museum? Like all of Britain’s museums, entrance is free.