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Short Breaks London - Short Breaks to Take in London

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If you’ve got the time to take a few short breaks in London, England, there’s virtually no limit on the places you can go. Let’s try to classify a few places you simply must visit:

Short Breaks for Sports in London

Visit Wembley Stadium, linked to the Wembley Park Station on the London Underground. Even if there’s no football or rugby, you can still tour the brand-new complex, and see the stadium arch. It rises 436 feet (133 meters) and spans 1033 feet (315 meters) — the longest single-span roof structure on the globe. Then get on a train to Wimbledon, and tour the famous tennis club, or Lord’s, “The Home of Cricket.” How about some horseback riding? Go to the Hyde Park Riding Stables in central London. London is full of pool halls, but try one of the many Elbow Rooms in locations throughout the city.

Short Breaks for Galleries and Museums in London

The Natural History Museum in South Kensington has dinosaur skeletons, of course, but also try to squeeze a visit to the Attenborough Studio, with many lectures, demonstrations, and films. The British Museum in Bloomsbury has the original Rosetta Stone that enabled the modern world to understand Egyptian hieroglyphs, and many Parthenon sculptures from ancient Greece.

Somerset House, on the Strand in central London, dates from the 1500s! Queen Elizabeth I made her home there in the 16th century. Used by English royalty for over four hundred years, the house is now the country’s center for visual arts — and, in the winter, there’s an ice rink!

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is an anthropological treasure, with a giant totem pole, and musical instruments and masks from all over the world. And, of course, there’s the art in the Tate, both the Modern and Britain galleries on the river — there’s even a special Tate-to-Tate boat-ride between the two!

In the East End, visit the V&A Museum of Childhood, part of the Victoria and Albert Museum — the V&A adjunct is full of dolls, games and toys from the 1600s on. Around the corner, stroll the stalls of Old Spitalfields Market, much as it’s been for centuries, and find food, trinkets, clothing, and many other products.

Short Breaks for Hotels in London

Why not base your short break in London around a historic hotel with the flavor of English history? Stay at Brown’s, close to the West End theatres, in one of its eleven Georgian townhouses, each room filled with paintings, and furnishings both antiquarian and modern.

Or stay at One Aldwych, a short walk from the Royal Opera House, with a pool that has underwater music. Hazlitt’s was once the home of painter and writer William Hazlitt, and hardly a day seems to have passed there since his time. And the Gore seems to have literally popped out of an Arthur Conan Doyle novel.

Short Breaks for Food and Drink in London

There are pubs everywhere, of course, but try the Viaduct Tavern, which used to be the much-feared Newgate Prison. Have 19th century fare, like steak and chips, or jellied eels, at the Quality Chop House on Farringdon Road. On famed Fleet Street, home for journalists, go to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese for a pub experience that combines the taste of Olde England with the hurly-burly of the newspaper business. Try Frankie’s Italian Bar and Grill for a sport-themed meal. Enjoy steamed halibut and loin of venison at the Admiralty Restaurant near Somerset house. Both Tate art galleries also have excellent in-house restaurants, as does the National Gallery. Explore some of London’s best Indian restaurants on Brick Lane.

Short Breaks for Shopping in London

Browse the antiques at Portobello Road or Camden Lock. Visit The Collection on Brompton Road for designer clothes, and buy vintage jewelry at Portobello Market on nearby Westbourne Grove. Find shoes at the London flagship stores for Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and Gina.

Take a big finale at Selfridges on Oxford Street: everything and anything, with a simply enormous beauty hall, food tidbits, and a champagne bar! Go outside and stroll along the street, looking at all the famed display windows, known for their bold art, and for indicating the latest in fashion trends.

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