The Culture Vulture’s Guide to 24 hours in London

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Got just 24 hours in London but want to soak up as much culture as possible? Don’t panic, you can still visit plenty of the top art galleries, music venues, and plays in the capital in just one day. Our hotels near Bayswater Tube station mean that you’re perfectly placed to explore this incredible city in just a few hours.

We’ve created an itinerary with five of the best cultural attractions in London, all within easy access from Bayswater Tube station and each other. Of course, the capital has many more cultural spots you can build into your own plan too.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Located just on the other side of Kensington Gardens you’ll find the incredible Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s just a 10-minute ride on the Circle Line or, if the sun is shining, you could take a 30-minute stroll through the gardens.

Why visit the V&A museum? Well, it’s the world’s leading museum of art and design. The permanent collection has over 4.5 million objects and you could easily spend an entire morning here. But if you’re short on time pick out your must-see items and whizz round. This summer there’s some great temporary exhibitions too, including Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion and Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

A cultural London trip wouldn’t be complete without at least one royal stop. The iconic Buckingham Palace is just a 30-minute walk from the V&A Museum or a few stops on the Piccadilly Tube line.

Steeped in history, you can take in the sight from either the outside or even embark on a tour of the luxurious rooms within. Time a stop here right and you can catch the changing of the guard too. This is often at 11am but it does vary so be sure to check online before making plans.

National Gallery

National Gallery

If you love art, this next stop is perfect for you. The National Gallery houses some 2,300 painting from some of the most famous artists in the world. From Buckingham Palace, it’s just a short ride on the Piccadilly Tube line but you take a walk down the famous Mall and reach your destination in less than 20 minutes too.

The National Gallery building itself is stunning but once you’re inside you’ll understand why it’s one of the most visited art museums in the world. Among the highlights of its collection are Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and The Ambassadors, painted by Hans Holbein. If you visit before 25 June 2017 you can catch the Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibit – a must for art lovers.

The British Museum

The British Museum

A quick trip to the British Museum is a great idea if you love history. With an impressive 8 million works in its permanent collection, it’s one of the most comprehensive in the world. Dedicated to human history, art, and culture, you’ll find more than one item that will capture your curiosity here. The range of departments, from Ancient Egypt and Sudan to Coins and Medals, means you can quickly pick out what you want to see.

From the National Gallery, The British Museum is just a 15-minute walk, taking you through the iconic Covent Garden where you can stop for food and a drink while watching the many street performers. If your legs could do with a rest, hop on the Northern Tube line.

West End theatre

West End theatre

The famed West End theatres of London play such an array of shows that you’ll find something you want to watch. From musicals to comedies, catching a show is the perfect way to end a fun-filled and cultural day in the capital. From the British Museum, it’s best to get the Northern Line to the West End district or you could take the 15-minute walk through the winding streets.

Not ready for your night to end there? The West End is also home to bars, clubs, restaurants, and live music venues. Staying around this area means it’s simple to get back to Bayswater Tube station via the Central Line once your evening in London is finished.

The Park Grand London hotel guarantees that after a busy day experiencing all the culture that the capital has to offer you’ll have a comfy bed to crash in. Whether you need to head to your next destination after your stay or have another day in London to sightsee some more, you’ll be well placed to travel from here.

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