• 12 Oct 2023
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London offers a wealth of opportunities with its rich history, diverse culture and vibrant nightlife. From iconic landmarks and charming neighbourhoods to trendy restaurants, bars and world-renowned museums, London has something for everyone. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through an itinerary of how to make the most of 48 hours in London. Whether you’re a seasoned business traveller or a first-time visitor, be prepared to discover the best of bleisure (business leisure) in London. 

Day One: 

Kick start your first free morning with a stroll through Hyde Park to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take this chance to grab a coffee at one of the cafés nearby such as  The Italian Gardens Café, only a short walk through the park from the guest bedrooms at Imperial Venues South Kensington campus. 

After a morning spent getting your steps in, it’s time to explore the renowned ‘Museum Mile’, that is Exhibition Road, home to three of London’s iconic museums. From the artistic treasures of the  Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to the natural wonders of the  Natural History Museum and the fascinating world of science at the Science Museum. Discover, learn and be inspired by human creativity, the wonders of the natural world and scientific advancements. 

After a packed day, why not unwind and make the most of being in the capital city of England to enjoy some classic British cuisine at one of South Kensington’s many gastropubs. The Anglesea Arms has a selection of dishes to choose, from hearty pies and traditional roasts to fresh seafood and vegetarian options, celebrating the best of British flavours. 

Day Two: 

After a restful night spent at one of  Celesta Venues’ four-star accommodation options boasting modern comforts, it’s time to make the most of your next 24 hours. 

Head to the picturesque and vibrant neighbourhood of Notting Hill in West London, famous for its colourful house and eclectic array of shops and cafes. Fuel yourself with a brunch from one of the neighbourhoods charming cafes, whether that be a fresh smoothie bowl, a traditional English breakfast, or some delicious pastries. 

After brunch it’s time to soak in the atmosphere that Notting Hill is so well known for, with a stroll along Portobello Road. Tour the bustling stalls filled with antiques, fresh produce, souvenirs, vintage clothing and much more. 

Well connected by the underground, it’s time to head back to Central London for an evening at  The Royal Albert Hall. Host to the annual BCC Proms concerts, as well as classical concerts, ballets, opera, and gigs; the Royal Albert Hall has something for everyone. Steeped in history and architectural grandeur a visit to this iconic venue promises to be an immersive and memorable experience. 

What better way to end your 48 hours by indulging in one of South Kensington’s many charming restaurants such as  Cacciari’s. Perfect for Italian food lovers looking for authentic flavours with a cozy ambience, it’s the best setting to unwind and reflect on your past two days after your conference. 

London offers an abundance of options for bleisure travel, and with 48 hours to spare, you can experience the best of the city. While embracing the fast-paced energy, don’t forget to take a moment to slow down. Explore the city’s green spaces, wander through the charming neighbourhoods and marvel at the vast collections, stunning architecture, and engaging exhibitions that London provides.  Celesta Venues offers accommodation in Central and West London, providing the perfect base to explore the city.  So, if you find yourself returning to London for work-related travel, be sure to extend your stay and make the most of 48 hours in the capital. 

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